Civil War – Tombstone: A Video Breakdown

It’s not delivery, it’s power metal.

In 2012, four members of Sabaton (guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sunden, drummer Daniel Mullback and keyboardist Daniel Myhr) decided to strike out on their own and form a new band named Civil War. Apparently, the Sabaton ties still ran deep because much like Sabaton, Civil War sings about historical battle and war. And they also wear goofy costumes. In their short career, Civil War has released an EP and three full-length albums. That fact alone cause Tool to delay their album by another decade. You’d figure the “war well” would have run dry years ago, but nope! Let’s see what epic battle Civil War has decided to feature in their new music video. Gettysburg? Antietam? The Atlanta Campaign? Nah, just some random gunfight.

0:10: Apparently, Civil War is showcasing “The Battle Against Good Taste” in this video.
0:12: And a folk metal song broke out.
0:16: Holy shit. This guy doesn’t move his face when he sings.
0:22: Low budget? No problem. We’ll just move the camera around instead!
0:28: This looks like the telenovela version of Westworld.
0:35: He’s like the long lost brother of Tommy Wiseau.
0:39: “Oh hi, Civil War. I love Lisa so much!”
0:43: His beard is 90% tumbleweed.
0:48: They’re going to have to take so many digital baths to get all that digital dirt out of their beards.
0:54: So how are they powering that keyboard?
0:59: It’s like his face is frozen in time.
1:05: I don’t remember the old west being so bouncy sounding.
1:11: Time to go to Ye Olde Lenscrafters.
1:18: “Let me just whip this out.”
1:21: When you’re the lead singer, you’re the only one that gets a long shadow in the video.
1:27: So it’s a Korn video now.
1:33: Civil War will get a million points if they do a power metal version of “Freak On A Leash”.
1:39: I’d like to hear a high falsetto version of Jonathan Davis’s scat nonsense.
1:45: These cowboys are terrible shots. They keep missing the band.
1:51: Try diplomacy!
1:57: Are they even trying to hit each other?
2:06: Seriously, you’d think they would have hit each other by accident by now.
2:12: They have a music video in the old west and don’t even go to the brothel? Come on.
2:20: This is proof that the South will never rise again.
2:24: Now this is the type of bouncing the Old West was known for.
2:31: That’s not a regulation Confederate beard. Or nose piercing.
2:38: There was more accuracy in Goldeneye on N64.
2:46: “Okay, for this scene, I want you to look like you haven’t had a good bowel movement for the past 2 weeks.”
2:53: “Nah, you don’t have to do it multiple times. We’ll just use the same shot over and over and over again.”
3:01: Maybe they should try talking it out. It would probably be more effective.
3:07: These guys are firing more blanks than a nuclear safety inspector.
3:16: Repeatedly singing “No one cares” in your song is probably a bad idea.
3:20: Wow, it only took the entire music video for someone to get shot. If there’s supposed to be a lesson there, I definitely didn’t learn it.

Civil War’s new album The Last Full Measure now via Napalm Records.

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Published on: November 7, 2016

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  • Howard Dean
  • Joaquin Stick

    His mouth not moving when he sings bothers me so much. This is burning-rotten-garbage-stoked-with-year’s-supply-of-hair-clippings-from-Great-Clips bad.

    I fear for your sanity 365.

  • Waynecro

    That ska-sounding part made me want to stop listening to music forever, but I like the part where the troubled-looking guy is singing “No one cared. No one cared. Who will die, who will live, who will piss on your grave.” I hope cowboys don’t make a fuss because a bunch of Nordic dudes are appropriating their culture.

    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      No fucking kidding, dude. I almost jumped out the window by my desk as soon as this song started. I thought I was familiar with Sabaton and was kind of “meh” on them, but if they sounded anything like this I’d remember how much I disliked it.

      It was this kind of stuff that got me out of power metal years ago haha.

      • Waynecro

        Yeah, man. That ska-sounding shit came out of nowhere. I thought that part of the song was coming from a pop-up ad or something at first.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          I don’t even hate ska, (although isn’t polka also syncopated like that? Could be what they were going for, like Finntroll), but that just made the song far less tolerable. Nothing would’ve saved it for me with the vocals and everything though.

          • Waynecro

            I don’t hate all ska (Goldfinger has some good jams), and my dad’s side of the family is Polish, so I probably have to enjoy polka by default. The band was probably going for a folk-metal/Wild West sound. I can hear that now, but it just made me think of ska initially.

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            Oh yeah, I know what you mean, I just never thought about the similarities before. Either way, no matter where that’s coming from, it clashes with the western thing so hard it’s physically upsetting to the body of the listener.

      • Pentagram Sam

        I admit to liking Power Metal but it’s gotten to the point where basically only the early or thrashy kind appeal to me these days. Walls Of Jericho Helloween, bass playing Hansi Blind Guardian, etc.

        It might sound like heresy but even the Keeper albums have lost their charm with me cos of so many derivative bands that came out of that metal soup. How did new Power Metal turn to not at all Power(ful) Metal? Now, I’M THE GUY that says this shit is too happy sounding to listen to when before I used to like it. Cue Grandpa Simpson pic

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          I do still have a soft spot for Blind Guardian for sure, especially the older stuff. I haven’t heard the last 2 or 3 albums at all, but one of these days I ought to.

          I’m also a big Symphony X fan, and I know they’re kinda considered power metal. I do keep up with them and know every album (though the last one still hasn’t really grown on me. Need to listen again since it’s been a while).

          For the most part, I don’t do a lot of full-blown power metal, though I doubt anyone is completely immune to its charm when it’s done right (for their tastes), since much of it is close to traditional metal/NWOBHM, and then there’s the power/thrash stuff too. There’s bound to be something out there that works.

    • I admit it, the troubled-looking guy singing “No one cared” was catchy!

      • Waynecro

        Yeah, man. That part of the song popped into my head at random last night. I may not like most power metal, but I can admit when something’s catchy.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY
    • Señor Jefe El Rosa

      Frank plz!

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        TO DA SKYYYYYYYYYHYYYYYYYYY SEE CARRRRRRROLUS RRRRRISSSSEEEE

        I’m honestly surprised Sweden never sent Sabaton to play the Eurovision Song contest hahaha!

        • Señor Jefe El Rosa

          Hahaha! OKay, that was funny.

    • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

      Sabaton is good though.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Frank’s ears kindly disagree with that statement.

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          Have you not heard their song Cliffs Of Gallipoli? I may hate the music video for it but the songs rocks.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOCe2Y7iVF8

          • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

            I’m sorry JJD, but listening to Sabaton always ends up with me having an extremely flaccid penis.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            It’s okay. I’m actually really into Sabaton. Some guy when I was in college got me into them through that song. I actually kind of enjoy this song but the video is awful.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Pics or it’s not true.

          • Óðinn

            Did they coordinate their camo pants for this video?

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Probably.

          • Óðinn

            Campy.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            So turn them into a different band entirely.

          • Óðinn

            Couldn’t hurt. Of course, they’d need to ditch their stylist too.

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            They do need a better stylist.

          • Óðinn

            Or, ideally, not have a stylist at all.

          • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

            Not good at all. Corny as shit.

      • Scrimm

        NO

        • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

          YES

  • CyberneticOrganism

    “Oh hi Mark, lesstart a power metal rock band with Denny. HI DOGGIE”

    http://m1.wholesite.com/2013/5/21/5ed9c0a8-787b-49b4-e193-4c16fb39fa8c/WiseauLead.jpg

  • mother☆shabubu

    Napalm records.

  • AeonsOvChaos
    • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

      Holy fucking shit. That might just be the greatest GIF of all time.

      • AeonsOvChaos

        Starting a war because Godzilla is against mouthwash.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          That’d also be a great pic to use when someone is insisting on shoving their views down your or someone else’s throat, or when you need to do the same haha.

        • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

          So I did in fact end up in a perfect situation to recycle that meme, and in less than 24 hours!
          http://disq.us/p/1dgttst

          It was destined to be.

          • AeonsOvChaos

            Skeletonwitch are good by the way!

          • Dumpster Lung ᴰᵃᵐᵃᵍᵉ_ᴵⁿᶜ⁸⁹

            You already know what my reply would’ve been if you didn’t say so. . .hahaha

  • Scrimm

    Not enough NOPES for this band.

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

    This isn’t about a random gunfight. It’s about the gunfight at the OK Corral. That happened in Tombstone.

  • tigeraid

    This doesn’t have Joakim’s mirror vest. I declare a case of poser-itis.

  • Óðinn

    Umm… This song is terrible. Sabaton should quit the music business (and go to the dentist) immediately. They have failed.

    • Freedom Jew

      This isn’t Sabaton. It’s a bunch of ex-Sabaton members who thought that a screechy whiny lead singer was what they needed.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        I listened to the song and the only bad part was the singing. He’s a poor excuse for a power metal singer.

        • Freedom Jew

          Couldn’t agree more.

        • Óðinn

          Yeah, but what do you think about this?

          https://youtu.be/p9nfVrusSMg

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            You’re not dissing Rainbow are you?

          • Óðinn

            What do you think about it, JJD?

          • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

            Rainbow is my shit. RJD was such a good fit for them. It’s a shame he left.

        • Pentagram Sam

          For a much better representation of the singer dude, check out Wuthering Height’s 3rd cd, Far From The Madding Crowd. He’s actually really good there. Starts off a bit weird on the first verse of the first song but then gets going. Shit, since that was 12 years ago he had quite a Dio-esque roar. Dunno what else he’s done until this popped on then off the radar

      • Óðinn

        Thanks for clarifying. I don’t listen to any Power Metal released after around 1986.

        Well, these guys should quit then.

    • tigeraid

      Sabaton is excellent. This is not.

      • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife

        Finally, someone else who likes Sabaton!

  • Abradolf Lincler

    songs like these are why people make fun of Randall Thor.

    also . . . they say “write about what you know” . . . i think this guy just watched too many spaghetti westerns

    • Count_Breznak

      Well, just imagine what would happen to metal blogs if everyone would take that to heart.

  • Óðinn

    Needs More Lemmy.

    https://youtu.be/s05jcrJw0as

  • Kevin Nash’s Jackknife
  • Civil War video was produced by Televisa and the guys who made the CGI version of The Rock!

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/RYHaarxQTFk/maxresdefault.jpg