Reptilian Gods, Human Prototypes: See Azure Emote's Insane "Curse of Life" Video | Revolver

Reptilian Gods, Human Prototypes: See Azure Emote's Insane "Curse of Life" Video

Monstrosity side project unleashes "a nightmare vision"

Azure Emote is the "solo project" of Monstrosity vocalist Mike Hrubovcak — and by solo project, we mean he's joined by a shit ton of other musicians in the undertaking, foremost among them, guitarist Ryan Moll (Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction). Released in March via Selfmadegod Records, Azure Emote's third full-length, The Third Perspective, includes contributions from alums of Fear Factory, Death, Pessimist, Therion, Deicide, Malignancy and many other notable bands. The LP also features art by Hrubovcak himself (, who has previously created work for Megadeth, Six Feet Under, Avenged Sevenfold, Cattle Decapitation and others. The latest visual offshoot of The Third Perspective is the new music video for LP standout "Curse of Life," which Revolver is premiering right here right now. The surreal, Lovecraftian clip was directed by Nader Sadek, who filmed it around the world, drawing inspiration from Hrubovcak's art. Watch above.

"For years I'd been hoping that Mike — through our many collaborations starting as far back as 2012 — would ask me to make a video for his highly experimental and intense musical adventure," Sadek tells us. "I got super lucky and got the call. Listening to the song and seeing Mike's artwork for the album got me tripping and gave me permission to get very weird with it. The song's eclectic nature and orchestration are mind-boggling and so inspiring! I had the opportunity to shoot all over the world, all the way from the U.S., Portugal and Egypt. I couldn't be more grateful for the opportunity and the journey it took me on! Making it was such an intense experience and I got to collaborate with Universus Art Sherbieny, too, who added all the amazing elements. Mike and Co.'s excitement over the final piece is the cherry on top of this crazy cake!"

Hrubovcak adds, "This video is inspired from the album cover art and a conceptualization of a 'third perspective' in accordance with the overall theme of the album. The video is inherently personal and although open to interpretation, presents a nightmare vision of a Reptilian God-like creature residing in a deep underground cave during the later stages of planetary formation. With an act of omnipotent boldness, this creature is in the process of creating an early human prototype only to eventually destroy the effigy and then himself out of frustration. As with art in general, we often see our culture's view of artists as tortured souls, suffering for their creations, and then destroying them in an act akin to infanticide. This video is no different in that respect as many of the props and physical artworks were purposefully burned or destroyed during the process of filming. The lyrics of the song are more of a poetic plight from the human perspective, a venting of the feelings of helplessness and hatred of life in general while coping with the anxiety, sleeplessness and general horrors of imposed existence."