Dance, by Cellar Darling. Wait, what?

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I’ll be damned.

It’s astonishing what havoc a simple departure from Eluveitie can wreak. Yep, this is about Anna Murphy and her merry men who defected from the aforementioned band to found Cellar Darling in 2016. But this particular outfit never quite made it onto our radar for some reason.

Yet now, the band’s latest clip Dance finally scored a hit, and big time. Their newest concoction is quite a piece of work. And – I daresay – with a style that is pretty far removed from the pagan lore they pushed before.

The description states that the band took inspiration from the dancing plague of 1518 and the modern-day treadmill of contemporary life. The woes and constraints of today’s challenges in a way. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

Only, we found that the clip throws crazier shit at you than the wild material Fleshgod Apocalypse usually pushes at the unsuspecting audience. And I am not quite sure where the dancing part comes in or how the aforementioned fever would play a role there.

Instead, we found a dystopian, apocalyptic piece with individuals in plastic bags being tortured by mad scientists or something.1) An ominous procession of moving pictures, filled with operators that like to play with sharp instruments and duct tape. And all that gory fun comes at a scale that would send Hannibal Lecter to run screaming. Or then, perhaps not. He’s a crafty bastard, after all.

Yet again, as horror movies go, Dance is top-notch filming on a rock-solid script. And we enjoyed the ominous atmosphere and the subtle terror that pretty much every single frame projects without mercy. All of that rides piggyback on a compelling yet strangely disconnected piece of Alternative and – surely – Psychedelic Rock, carried by Murphy‘s crystal clear voice. And that – folks – was beyond creepy.

So, Cellar Darling would certainly qualify for the Masterful Geekery of The Weird Award, if that would exist at all.2) And we sincerely hope that only those plastic bags were harmed in the process but no living creatures.

But, why don’t you judge by yourselves? Here’s to Dance, one of the most eccentric and freakiest videos we had the (doubtful) pleasure to look at to date.

Ed’s note: And congrats, the piece made it onto the 2021 Top 3.

LabelNuclear Blast Records | Web: Official Band Site
Release Date: 23 March 2021


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