Deftones Release Cinematic New Video for “Ceremony”

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Last year’s Ohms was a big release for California art-metallers Deftones, who accompanied the album with everything from huge conceptual videos to handmade light-up artwork. Now, the band have released a new video, this one for the track “Ceremony,” and damn if it doesn’t take things in an especially cinematic direction.

There’s a reason the video is especially movie-like — it was directed by Leigh Whannell, whose credits include last year’s critically-acclaimed reboot of The Invisible Man (Whannell is also known for having written the original Saw and Insidious movies). One can feel the atmosphere of those films throughout the video, which follows actress Cleopatra Coleman through a maze-like complex of private clubs, leading to a final encounter in the basement of a building that doesn’t go quite as planned.

“One day I wrote on Twitter that I was loving the new @deftones album,” tweeted Whannell regarding how he ended up directing the “Ceremony” video. “The next day their manager sent me a DM asking if I wanted to direct a music video for them. I said yes. The moral of the story is talk about the things you love on Twitter, not the things you hate. Specifically I mean talk about the ART and pop culture you love, not the art and pop culture you hate. When it comes to politicians and their stupidity and insanity, all bets are obviously off.”

Check out the video for “Ceremony” below:

Fans can catch “Ceremony” live at one of Deftones’ upcoming tour dates with Gojira and Poppy at one of the shows listed below:

Deftones/Gojira 2021 Tour Dates:

August 12 ­– Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
August 14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
August 15 – Sterling Heights, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill
August 17 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion
August 19 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ RBC Echo Beach
August 20 – Laval, QC, Canada @ Place Bell
August 21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
August 23 – Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
August 24 – New York, NY @ The Rooftop at Pier 17
August 27 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
August 28 – Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage
August 29 – Washington, DC @ The Anthem
August 31 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center, University of Pittsburgh
September 2 – Indianapolis, IN @ Amphitheater at White River State Park
September 3 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
September 4 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
September 6 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
September 7 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
September 8 – San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
September 10 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
September 11 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
September 14 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
September 17 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
September 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
September 21 – Seattle, WA @ WAMU Theater
September 22 – Portland, OR @ Theatre of the Clouds at Moda Center


Words by Chris Krovatin