Visions ov Hell: Valborg’s “Sulphur Vitriol Angel”

valborg band photo

Happy Friday, everyone! And a wonderful Friday it is for us, as we are officially in day two of MDF things. I’d like to start things off today by welcoming you all to a new segment called “Visions ov Hell,” which we’ll be bringing you each Friday going forward. This is our opportunity to look back at some of the new music videos released each week and explore them in a little more depth here on the blog. So, without further delay, let’s roll into it. We start…with Valborg.

Now, earlier this week, I had some positive things to say about the German doom trio’s new album, Romantik (you can find the full review here). It’s a somber and depressing listen, but has a certain natural beauty to it and is all put together cohesively. And fortunately enough for me, Valborg went ahead and made a video for “Sulphur Vitriol Angel,” one of the standout tracks on the album. And I’ve gotta say, they definitely hit the same level of emotional power visually that they’d created musically.

A quick rundown: the video itself is rather simplistic. It features all three members of the band bellowing out the track’s lyrics (with no instruments) in jagged movements and aggressive body motion. The video alternates between color and monochromatic schemes, usually black. But from here, the artistry takes off even further.

Each band member is wearing a hat made of simple, elegant, white flowers, covering the majority of their faces. This gives them each a captivating, mysterious quality, making their words and movements all the more powerful and further aligning the band with their sound. Where things get more interesting, however, is the appearance later on of a single flower, held in the hands of a single person. At first it is protected, and then, as the track moves along, it become enclosed in the grip of a bleeding hand…leaving its once pure, white petals stained with blood. Again, it’s this eerily beautiful thematic approach to Valborg’s music, and now their videos, that makes this listen so mesmerizing.

Anyway, I’ve rambled enough. I encourage you to take a look below:

“Ein Bier… bitte.”

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