“Standing there with your eyes wide shut / Make believe no one’s suffering / I’ve had enough,” opens Sun & Flesh’s “Hell is People”. If that topical refrain isn’t enough to draw you into the song — a rage against people who actively make this world worse — then the intensity of the music will.
The hard rock band bring cinematic hooks in electronic melodies and a rush of power-vocals. The tune is alluring, even while the lyrics push and pull at the rhythm and the guitar wails. More notably, “Hell is People” plays with small-to-big dynamics, lulling you into security before exploding once more.
The clip also explores duality by juxtaposing images of the band in a bare room, well-lit and fidgety, with the musicians letting off steam in a rugged forest. A nod to Jean-Paul Sartre’s play No Exit, Sun & Flesh also ask existential questions about being trapped in not-quite isolation. Frontman Christoph Manuel bellows from in front of a world on fire. Demonic symbols flash across the screen. Energy pent up won’t stay that way for long.
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