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(New York, N.Y.): Blackjazz trail-blazers have revealed a brand new concept-based video for “The Last Stand,” a track from International Blackjazz Society, of which Pitchfork enthused,  “…even as the band relaxes into new atmospheres there’s an extreme, ascetic discipline on display. The architecture of their music is modernist…”

The video depicts a fight to the finish, giving us a rare glimpse into the mythology and values of the International Blackjazz Society.

Watch “The Last Stand” video below:

In the video, directed by Mitch Massie, who created clips for The Dillinger Escape Plan and The Locust, we witness the ritualistic fight of a society member, attempting to advance to the highest rank within the organization.

As symbols of their respective membership, levels are painted in blood on the backs of each contender.

Our hero, belonging to the Level 5 “Cikada” part of the Middle Echelon, needs to defeat his opponent, who belongs to “1:4:9” Level 9 and is therefore part of the Upper Echelon of the IBS, in order to achieve the highest rank of the Society.

The video concludes by demonstrating how the legendary and honorable “1375” rank is attained; our hero faces and fulfills the virtuous deed of sacrificing one’s own life… under the axe.

“To celebrate the release of ’s new album International Blackjazz Society, we are very happy to give a bit of an insight into the proud roots of the elusive organization that our new album is named after,” says Jørgen Munkeby, mastermind and Blackjazz instigator.

With all that in mind, enjoy the video.

Official merch bundles offering CD, vinyl, t-shirt, and patch options are available here.

ICYMI: Watch the excruciatingly nerve-racking, mountainside-filmed live video for “Last Day” here.

… your only choice in blackjazz.SHINING promo 10-27-15

ABOUT SHINING:

The brainchild of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter Jørgen Munkeby, Norwegian band Shining have been breaking down musical barriers for the past 15 years, mixing progressive, technical metal, jazz, avant-garde, and experimental sounds with cutting-edge visuals and blazing live performances. Along the way, Munkeby, a skilled saxophonist and guitarist and a graduate of the Norwegian Academy of Music, has released a number of Shining albums, collected awards, toured with the likes of Dillinger Escape Plan and Devin Townsend, and effectively forged a whole new musical genre.

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