If the Internet and social media have taught us one thing, it’s that people can come up with just about any idea in the name of making humorous viral video. Musicians, or otherwise, are no exception. British progressive metal/djent band Monuments toured North America with Devin Townsend Project and Animals As Leaders last fall, and will begin their 2015 touring cycle February 21 starting in Australia for the Soundwave Festival. In between that time, we know what at least guitarist Olly Steele and drummer Mike Malyan have been doing to stay productive. The two took a scene from the 2003 Jim Carrey movie Bruce Almighty, and set it to metal.
In the film, Carrey plays struggling TV news reporter Bruce Nolen who gains the powers of God – played by Morgan Freeman – after losing his faith. In the clip in question, Carrey uses his powers to manipulate his backstabbing competition of anchor Evan Baxter – played by Steve Carell – during a live broadcast. The music by Steele and Malyan syncs up perfectly to the wacky, zany sounds and facial expressions of Carrey and Carell. Just under a minute long, the video is surprisingly reminiscent of another viral video in which someone’s hysterical mannerisms were reimagined through a musical instrument.
After being uploaded to Malyan’s YouTube page on January 31, the video has already received over one million views. Regardless of whether you think this style of humor and the concept of a video like this is comedy gold or time-wasting schlock, it’s a hell of a lot better than the movie’s 2007 sequel, Evan Almighty.