by Syd Briscoe
Avenged Sevenfold were once considered the Californian jock-rockers of the metal scene - existing in the same space as the Misfits, in that they seemed as likely to bully their nerdy goth fans as rock out with them. It seems they've matured with age, however, and describe their latest album as "inspired by the writing and philosophy of Albert Camus."
Director Chris Hopewell returns for another animated collaboration with the band, four years after last artistic encounter 'The Stage'. 'Nobody' is a beautifully rendered piece of work, shifting between still tableaus and stop-motion animation as it follows a skeleton exiting a man's body and traversing a mysterious underworld.
Intricate design work draws viewers deep into the narrative here, as repeated motifs of eyes follow the central character across different planes of existence. Some are characterised by toil, others by violence, and one apparent utopia is revealed to be little more than a consumerist shell. It's deep stuff... especially coming from a band who once made an eight minute orchestral epic about necrophilia.
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