THIEF has revealed the second disturbing and enigmatic video for the track ‘Teenage Satanist’ as the second single taken from their forthcoming album “The 16 Deaths of My Master”, which is scheduled for release on August 27, 2021.
“The song ‘Teenage Satanist’ paints a portrait of the artist as a young inebriated creature”, mastermind Dylan Neal delivers a hint to the riddle. “Deviation his sword and contrarian his shield, he fell upon that, which he wielded and thus blamed the Lord. In the video, a creature cavorts inside a church that no one owns. Filmed in a strange orthodox church deep in the barren desert, they have no members or congregation, but still, hold evening vespers.”
Video credits ‘Teenage Satanist’:
Directed by Sean Sweetman & Dylan Neal
Shot and edited by: Sean Sweetman
Dancer: Kate Coleman
THIEF has already gained cult status among the initiated, which might be taken quite literally considering that the backbone of their sound has been formed by manipulated sacred chant and choral samples. Although the project of American multi-instrumentalist Dylan Neal from Los Angeles, California continues along this path, his third album “The 16 Deaths of My Master” surprises with much heavier use of original instrumentation such as strings, organs, harpsichord, bass, guitar, and other hardware synths.
The reason for this twist in dynamics, which makes “The 16 Deaths of My Master” more accessible, aggressive, and straightforward in comparison to its two predecessors is to some extent influenced by THIEF‘s experience performing their first two albums live and looking to re-create the intensity experienced on stage that their shows have become known for.
Lyrically, “The 16 Deaths of My Master” is heavily drawing from dreams and a generally more personal approach including topics such as rebellion, grief, addiction, mysticism, and spiritual horror. “Relating to the album title, ‘ The 16 Deaths of My Master’, each track may be considered to be a ‘master’ that upon its death either set free the servant or the student then becomes the teacher”, explains Dylan by offering a riddle: “Or maybe they just become lost, because they have both relied on something other than themselves for too long.”
With “The 16 Deaths of My Master”, THIEF returns in an even heavier incarnation than ever.