OK, when the new album came out earlier this month, I think a lot of us were excited to learn that there was going to be a new music video. The first “single” was going to be Bible Black, and we were getting a video for that. Then we found out it was going to be animated. OK, I thought that could work. The last official music video by the band was the animated track “Get a Grip” from 1995’s Forbidden, so it wouldn’t have been the first time. It premiered on Eddie Trunk’s VH1 show “That Metal Show”, and wow, was that bad. If you haven’t seen it, here is the official video for the song:
Apparently, the fans weren’t the only ones turned off by that. I read a quote online not long after the video came out from Tony Iommi himself who said the video was the only thing about the new project he wasn’t happy with. He said this specifically. “I think it’ bloody awful, to be honest. It looks like Casper the Ghost or something. We didn’t have anything to do with it.. that was sort of just presented to us, really.” Due to the overwhelming negative reaction, I decided to contact the company who made the thing. They’re called “23d Films“. I wrote them twice offering them a venue to tell their side of the story, and they never replied to me. If you look over their portfolio on their site, this video doesn’t appear anywhere – I wonder if that’s due to the reaction the video got or not.
Anyway, while waiting for 23d to contact me back, I decided to hit up a Black Sabbath fan by the name of “Stephen King” (no not THAT one). Two years ago he produced the seriously badass fan made video for the track “Ear in the Wall” (which, if you haven’t seen, you really should. Check it out here). Anyway, I told him about the official Bible Black video, and said he really should take another crack at it. He said he’d look into it, and this morning, I got word that he finished it. You need to look at this. While fan based, it definitely shows what can be done when someone is invested in the subject matter they’re producing. This shows.
Check it out below: