Florida-based melodic death metal quintet THE ABSENCE has released a music video for a new song called "Misery Trophies". The track, which is also available for download and stream via digital platforms, is taken from the band's upcoming album, "A Gift For The Obsessed", which will be released on March 23 via M-Theory Audio. The clip was directed and shot by Deidra Kling and Jeramie Kling, and edited by Tommy Jones (SLAYER, TESTAMENT) of VideoHammer.
"Misery Trophies" marks THE ABSENCE's second music video release leading up to the launch of "A Gift For The Obsessed". In January, the group posted a clip for the album's title track.
"'Misery Trophies' is about the toxic people that we all have in our lives," explains singer Jamie Stewart. "The people who cannot wait to be the bearers of bad news — individuals so devoid of joy themselves, that they revel in the delivery of misery to others."
"A Gift For The Obsessed" is THE ABSENCE's first full-length in eight years, but the band members have been keeping themselves busy in their off-time, especially as of late touring with a number of high-profile acts. Bassist Mike Leon is currently touring with SOULFLY as the group performs NAILBOMB's "Point Blank", and will hit the road with the band again in April and May as they tour with NILE. Jeramie Kling, meanwhile, is drumming for VENOM INC. during their current European tour with SUFFOCATION. Finally, guitarist Joey Concepcion is guesting with SANCTUARY as the group tours North America with ICED EARTH. This is all in addition to resumes that include names such as SOILWORK, HAVOK, ARSIS, ARMAGEDDON, JASTA, NECROMANCING THE STONE, RIBSPREADER, GUS G. and others, highlighting the fact that the players in THE ABSENCE are go-to guys for first-rate musicians and excellent live performers.
"A Gift For The Obsessed" was produced by Jeramie Kling and Taylor Nordberg at Smoke & Mirrors Studios in Tampa, Florida; mixed by David Castillo at Sweden's Ghost Ward Studio (KATATONIA, OPETH) and mastered by Thomas "Plec" Johansson at The Panic Room (WATAIN, SCAR SYMMETRY),while the cover was created by Russian artist Stray Child.
"A Gift For The Obsessed" will be released on CD, digital and limited-edition vinyl (500 copies) with an alternate track sequence on red/black haze colored vinyl, a heavyweight 24-pt. jacket, a color lyric sheet and a download card.