Some of you will argue with me about whether this is the most dramatic music video ever, but, honestly, if you’ve ever experienced a total eclipse of the sun, you’ll agree that no event in nature can beat it. The doom metal band Hamferð originally released this song in 2013, but someone associated with the band had the amazing idea of re-recording it during the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun over the Fareo Islands.
The result is spectacular. What I love most is the strange quality of the light as the video begins and ends. The light really has this eerie quality shortly before and after the awesome moments of totality during a solar eclipse. On the video, as the eclipse becomes total, you can see a tiny sun silhouette in the sky over the Fareo Islands. In the middle of the video, the screen gets too dark to see anything at all … which is not the case when you are there to experience a total solar eclipse. In the real sky, although it does get very dark in the sky, and stars do pop into view, there’s plenty to see throughout. During an eclipse, in fact, there may be a fiery 360-degree horizon of twilight surrounding you, as you gaze up at the darkened sun.
Anyway, although I’ve seen other photos and videos that captured solar eclipses better, this music video has now become my second-favorite ever. Can anything ever really replace astronaut Chris Hadfield’s rendition of David Bowie’s Space Oddity? No. I don’t think so.
Video by Kenneth Jørgensen (Phenexus Productions)
Audio by Theodor Kapnas (Studio Bloch)
Evst is Hamferð’s first full-length album, released on October 11, 2013 in the Faroe Islands. Good luck, guys!
One of our favorite photographers, Colin Legg in Australia, passed along this video. Thanks, Colin!
Bottom line: Hamferð’s video shot during the March 20, 2015 total eclipse of the sun in the Faroe Islands.
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