The official video for "God Is Dead?," the first single from Black Sabbath's just-release studio album 13, can be viewed now online. The clip, which was directed by controversial filmmaker and social activist Peter Joseph, got its world premiere this past Thursday in Hollywood.
The provocative video features various photos and archival film footage of Black Sabbath incorporated into its narrative, which takes an abstract and artistic look at song's titular theme. Among the recurring images in the clip are semi-animated scenes of various people standing in the bustling center of New York City's Times Square as Black Sabbath members are projected on the screens that tower above the street.
Other segments show scenes of war, destruction and human suffering; a Bible covered by a U.S. flag; an apparently affluent couple gorging themselves food and wine; several men of different religious faiths who drop various items of religious significance onto the ground; and a droplet of blood that expands into a river that threatens to drown people on the street.
As the video nears its finale, throngs of people are seen lining a city street in protest in front of some official building protected by riot police. Things come to an ambiguous end as a bright light illuminates the world, possibly signaling apocalypse or salvation.
Director Joseph's credits include a counterculture-inspired trilogy of films titled Zeitgeist, and he used scenes from the movies in making the "God Is Dead?" clip.
He explains of the video, "The gesture of the song 'God Is Dead?,' with its subtle reflection on the often dark world we inhabit and questioning of how such a world can be if there was a god, resonated with me."
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