The Spirit, Body & Mind
By Dan Century
This is my first video review. Videos allow the artist to
expand upon their sonic vision. Video reviews allow me to write more obnoxious
reviews for Legends. So be it! To the best of my knowledge, The Spirit, Body
and Mind is a compilation of modest budget videos produced by three underground
Texan bands, and speaking of Texas, George Bush Jr. is a wiener.
Hexenhaus - "Assemblage of the Desolate"
"Assemblage" has everything you could possibly want in a "gothic" video:
it's shot in black and white (which is not a cost cutting measure, I assure
you), then there's the candles, the backlit cross, the x-tian imagery, dry ice
fog...oh, this video has it all! In other words, it's a tad bit overdone in the
"I'm spooky" department. Way too much symbolism. The singer (there's no band,
so I assume he is the band) is dressed in a tattered robe a lot like the
tattered robes Ozzy Osbourne wears. Um...on to the next video!
Push - "Writhe"
Nudity is a pretty cool thing.
"Writhe" is chock full of nudity. Nude nude nude women in bondage situations in
particular, which is wonderful if you're into that sort of thing. Lots of
whips, suggested lesbianism, prone buttocks and high heels. It looks like Push
appropriated footage from a Something Weird Video* like Wrasslin' She Babes
Vol. 9. Most of the video is over-processed to the point of posterization,
which is a very cool effect considering the budget. Every video should be just
The music accompanies the video well. It's minimalist, sexy
electronica like old My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Push makes the awful
mistake of inserting themselves into the video - live footage of the band with
the "cheesy acid trip effect filter" pushed to overload.
Furnace - "Electrical Shutdown"
Furnace is all
about props: intense makeup, burn victim masks, PVC tubing and other
construction debris. This guy literally is covered with plastic hoses, metal
pieces and tattered rags. Fuck Wal-Mart! This guy shops for clothes at the
dumpster behind Wal-Mart! Furnace looks like a shopping bag lady that ran
through an abandoned construction site and grabbed everything she could
carry...then the building collapsed in on her and the fire melted her face...
yeah! It's a very intense look.
Most of the video is comprised of short clips of burning oil
fields, people in gas masks, raging fires, growing bacteria and chemical
refineries. The sound is very Skinny Puppy like, as you might imagine, which is
appropriate considering the imagery and Furnace's wacky costumes.
I'm 45% sure I saw this guy open for Course of Empire in
Dallas but I could be wrong.