- Member: Kai Stromler
- Studio: Shin Hatsubai/Kuroi Kenshi
- Title: skywide, armspread
- Premiered: 2015-06-17
- Manowar Mountains
SH129 went onto the idea pile in the fall of 2014, and came off in spring 2015 due to the need for a less brutal project accomplishable inside two weeks to follow up CHOPWORK when that was still two and a half videos' worth of stuff. It turned out to be pretty decent, if entirely within expectations, and allowed the use of a lot longer cuts, on average, than I've done in a while, along with the mostly-unique challenge of cutting a long and varied song into something that would carry the project, but not collapse under the weight of its own contradictions like that nine-winged seaplane in the movie (or, really, every intendedly-serious Manowar song ever).
Shin Hats Self Grade: B+. This video is limited to a certain extent by the compromises I had to make with the original structure of the song in order to make it at all, but it does pretty well inside of those limitations.
stats: # clips: 266. average length: 1.06 seconds. total time: 19.5 hours.
About the music: Lo, Manowar Have For Thirty-Five Years Or So Carved Their Trail Of Black Wind, Fire, And Steel Into The Hearts Of All True Warriors Of Metal, An Army Of Immortals That Spans The Globe, Despite Being By Now A Bunch Of Old Men In Furry Loincloths With A Penchant For Drama, Hundred-Dollar Tickets What Is That Bullshit Even, And More Power Ballads Like This One Than Many Of Their Fans Care To Admit. Ok, that's a little harsh. Most accurately, Manowar are the True Metal equivalents of pro wrestling when kayfabe was still a thing, selling their overinflated ideal so hard and so strong that it's easy, if just for a little, to slip and actually believe. This is off the middle of Sign of the Hammer, their least-available record in the US thanks to one in a sequence of monumentally bad business decisions the band made in the '80s; my copy was acquired in a tent in some muddy field in Germany and is not unlikely to be a bootleg. The music under the trailer card is from the start of Bathory's "Blood and Iron" (and not, as might have been expected, "To Enter Your Mountain" if I was going to take something off that record), from a time when they also were wearing furry loincloths, and the title is adapted from some Woods of Ypres lyrics.