By Haley Biermann
Phinehas released a powerful new track and video titled “Hell Below.” The song is off of the band’s upcoming album Dark Flag, which is due out Nov. 17 via Solid State Records.
“Hell Below” is a dialogue between murdered North Korean civilians, and the Kim Dynasty members that killed them. The band wanted to draw attention to North Korean concentration camps.
“This music video is Part One of Two of the story of 'Jayu' ('freedom 'in Korean) as he attempts to escape the grip of a North Korean concentration camp while freeing another prisoner along the way,” Phinehas said.
The video begins with a display of gold text describing the history and events surrounding Korean concentration camps. As a woman strikes a hammer against a rock the subtitle reads, “Today, an estimated 150,000-200,000 North Koreans live in political concentration camps.”
“There is no escape” reads across a clip of a soldier mercilessly beating the woman. The remainder of the video shows a woman attempting to escape a walled room, and an unexpected confrontation between the woman and soldier from the video's introduction.
The rest of the album also revolves around the Kim regime in North Korea, although not solely on the political turmoil.
“This album isn't a political statement,” frontman Sean McCulloch said. “This isn't a conservative or liberal agenda. Dark Flag is about human rights and how precious and valuable life is.”
The band will begin a Fall tour starting on Nov. 9 in St. Lous. They will perform with Fit For a King, Like Moths to Flames, and In Hearts Wake.
Watch the “Hell Below” video and check out tour dates below.
PHINEHAS FALL TOUR:
11/9 — St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/10 — St. Paul, MN @ Amsterdam Bar & Hall
11/11 — Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
11/12 — Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave II
11/14 — Columbus, OH @ Park Street Saloon
11/15 — Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
11/16 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
11/17 — Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck
11/18 — Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
11/19 — Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
11/20 — Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
11/21 — Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge
11/22 — New York, NY @ The Gramercy
11/24 — Freehold, NJ @ GameChangerWorld
11/25 — Richmond, VA @ The Canal Club
11/26 — Greensboro, NC @ Arizona Pete’s
11/27 — Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
11/28 — Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/29 — Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
12/1 — Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/2 — San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
12/4 — Phoenix, AZ @ Joe Grotto’s
12/5 — San Diego, CA @ SOMA
12/6 — Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
12/7 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy
12/8 — Sacramento, CA @ Holy Diver
12/9 — Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
12/10 — Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
12/12 — Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
12/13 — Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
12/15 — Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck
12/16 — Dallas, TX @ Trees