Quickly becoming one of the best video concept and production companies around, HotKarlProductions knocked this video out of the park. While the talent in Separation of Sanity (SOS) was no doubt easy to work with, the concept of the video for the song, “Vengeance,” aligns with the song title perfectly. To use the word intense in describing this video would be an understatement. I was lucky enough to spend a day with Separation of Sanity and HotKarlProductions on day one of this video shoot. It was a bloody cold day, in a heatless giant warehouse, but it warmed up quickly as SOS’s “Vengeance,” played in the background over the PA system. Speakers blew, sweat rolled, and ears rung for days.
The concept of the video is this: It was just an accidental beer spilled on a random big dude sitting next to Jason X. No need for a fist fight, just an apology and a towel…maybe a new beer. While the gentlemen in SOS were apologetic, the big guy (who happens to be a MMA fighter in real life) was not having it. Maybe he had a bad day; maybe he’s just an aggressive asshole. Regardless, he was pissed off and wanted to fight. He threw the first punch, but one swift blow to the head by Ivar, and a nice evening of drinking beer turned into vigilante justice…. mosh pit style. Who is the victim in this scenario? You just don’t know for sure, but the one thing you do know is that Jason X and the boys in Separation of Sanity won’t stand for bullshit; they will dish out a punishment worse than anything you thought of.
See video below.
The energy and intensity of the mosh pit, moving in unison to the aggressive “Vengeance,” paired with the dramatic, “where the fuck am I” moment by the big dude, now chained in a chair, lends well to the title of the song. The added bad-assery of Jason X slowly approaching the chair, in a taunting fashion, is exciting to watch.
Perhaps besides the song itself, what will be most remembered about this video is the rabid moshers who take on Jason X’s cause…joining in his plight. It is clear you don’t mess with Jason X or any of his band mates…because you WILL be out numbered.
It’s a great song and a great video. Another commendable piece from these Portland, Oregon rock stars.