Yesterday's (Tuesday) release of the "Memento Mori" clip came accompanied by a statement from the band's singer Randy Blythe explaining that he wrote it months before the coronavirus outbreak occurred as a reminder to himself "to not be consumed by the omnipresent electronic harbingers of doom that surround us -- cellphones, computers, and television screens."
He explains that "while these devices can be useful tools, and it is important to stay informed, it is equally important to remain engaged with the real, physical world we live in, not just digitally filtered representations of reality."
Blythe says he wrote "the narrative music video treatment a few months ago to illustrate how warped and myopic our mental states can become when we fail to remain engaged with that reality -- if all you pay attention to is catastrophe, then soon you will begin to see monsters everywhere you look."
The video was shot in the band's hometown Richmond, Virginia using Sinisteria, a local haunted house/dark performance troupe Blythe met on the street at their annual Krampus Nacht parade. He adds that "music has always been there for [him], raising [his] spirits during hard times, and [he hopes the] song’s positive message will do the same for fans of our music right now and beyond.
According to Blythe, the song's release date "was set a good while ago." He says the timing of its release "seems eerily prescient" to him now.