Opeth premiered a new video for “Era” from their new album Sorceress. Just in time for the band’s return to the US headlining spring tour with support from Gojira and Devin Townsend Project. The tour includes a one-off show on May 6 in Philadelphia, adding bands Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal, and Russian Circles on the bill for one special evening.
Directed by Markus Hofko, the enigmatic video begins with a young boy standing next to a masked figure, passing through a mysterious curtain. Together, the two walk through a world of fire, chaos, and dead-like objects, including Opeth members. The visuals in this video are reminiscent of a live action version from the acclaimed animated film Spirited Away (2002).
Frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt made the following comments on the band’s page.
”I have to say our involvement in the making of the ”Era” video was so minimal we can’t take credit either for or against its brilliance. We did 3D scans of our bodies (clothed) in Munich during the last European tour. I remember everyone’s extremely tired and probably slightly hungover. The director just placed us in a ice-cold room and then scanned us with something that looked like a flashing hairdryer. Done! We’ve done our part for the video. Next! During the process of finishing the piece it got clear to me that it really works with the song. That’s something I was involved in actually, picking the song. It’s extremely difficult. Which song to choose? How do I know what works best for this format? Well, I don’t. I picked a song from the record that has a strong chorus. Slightly old school way of thinking I guess, but ultimately it didn’t matter all that much to me. The video is nice. I dig it. It’s slightly on the pretentious side, but hey, works for me! And like I said, it really works with the overall vibe of the song. Lyrically and musically and definitely emotionally.”