Conjurer release powerful new video for Choke

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Conjurer are premiering their new video for Choke exclusively with Metal Hammer.

Choke is taken from Conjurer's debut album Mire, which was released on Holy Roar Records earlier this year.

"Choke is about the gutter press and the toll it takes on people in the public eye," the band tell Metal Hammer. "It's commonplace now for people of a high profile to be swarmed and harassed by cameras and microphones at every turn, invading their everyday lives, and such occurrences often have long-lasting and damaging effects. 

"After watching the documentary, Amy, it became very clear that media pressure and intrusion among other things became a major contributor in the death of a very fragile and gifted human being. Seeing how cruelly the media capitalise on people's struggles for their own gain was sickening; how the press soon turned to quiet solemnity after years of exploitation and ridicule on their part struck an angry and resonant chord with us.

"With the video, we wanted to confront the notion of this slick, lifeless, staged 'product' that the media can turn musicians into, and put it in stark contrast to the raw reality that bands like us actually thrive in. The camera keeps rolling regardless of the wellbeing of the people it focuses on."

Conjurer were recently announced as part of Holy Roar's showcase at Roadburn festival in 2019. They're also playing with Conan in the UK at the following dates.

23 Nov: Nottingham, The Loft
24 Nov: Leeds, Temple Of Boom
25 Nov: Newcastle, Byker Grave Festival VI
26 Nov: Glasgow, Audio
27 Nov: Manchester, Rebellion
28 Nov: Coventry, The Arches
29 Nov: Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
30 Nov: The Craufurd Arms, Milton Keynes
01 Dec: London, Boston Music Rooms

Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.