See Children of Bodom’s New Horror-Themed “Platitudes and Barren Words” Video

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Finnish shred-meisters Children of Bodom are gearing up to drop their highly anticipated new album, Hexed, due out March 8th via Nuclear Blast, and have been dropping all kinds of goodness in lead-up. Amid all the singles and music videos, the quintet recently announced a signature craft beer Lake Bodom Pre-Prohibition Lager, a 5% ABV libation brewed using water from the actual Lake Bodom in Finland. Today, COB — who count Jackass’ Bam Margera, pro skateboarder Chris Cole and others as longtime diehards — have offered up a fun, horror-movie-style clip for new song “Platitudes and Barren Words,” an early fan favorite off Hexed.

“This one has been a lot of people’s favorite song since day one,” Bodom main man Alexi Laiho has said of the single, “and when you think about it, every single part of it is catchy as hell so it makes sense.”

The video, directed, edited and produced by Ykä Järvinen, intercuts live footage of the band playing the song while surrounded by pink lights with the dark, gnarly action of a slasher-film scenario. Two women find themselves preyed upon by mysterious stalkers in the middle of nowhere, and eventually have to take arms against their assaulters. Meathooks, baseball bats and clown makeup abounds — so any of those things are particularly phobias of yours, it might be better to not hit play.

Children of Bodom are set to hit the road in North American in mid-March shortly after Hexed’s release, and then have a busy summer and fall ahead of them, touring throughout Europe, including stops at Graspop Metal Meeting and Bloodstock Festival. See the band’s full upcoming itinerary here.