Oh how people make me laugh. There has been more 'hidden meaning' in music that there are tulips in Holland. The latest installment of conspiracy involves these guys, Underoath. Categorized as a Christian metal band from Florida. Really there is nothing more frightening than 6 guys from the sunshine state singing messages of inner strength and perseverance. I have met these gentlemen, some are quite wonderful and 2 of them are very much not wonderful, but not for a moment do I believe them to be part of the "Illuminati" society.
First reason I feel this is bunk is Im pretty sure they didn't even know what that group was until recently. This theory stems from the bands new video 'Paper Lung" a visually stunning music video plain and simple. There are just people out there who like to pick apart any information to find just cause to deem it sinister. Aside from the 2 members who certainly aren't sinister but rather just arrogant, the band couldn't be further from 'secret society'
Just to clarify and give you a cut and paste description of what 'The Illuminati" are heres a bit of Wiki fun:
In modern times it is also used to refer to a purported conspiratorial organization which acts as a shadowy "power behind the throne", allegedly controlling world affairs through present day governments and corporations, usually as a modern incarnation or continuation of the Bavarian Illuminati. In this context, the Illuminati are believed to be the masterminds behind events that will lead to the establishment of a New World Order"
Need we really say more? Does Underoathe seem remotely capable of being "masterminds behind events for New World Order"? No. They're six guys who make music, play video games and talk smack on a tour bus 10 months a year- thats about it.
The Paper Lung videos director, Jonathan Desbiens, has actually released a formal statement on this matter. I find this more to be a publicity stunt than a real challenge to Underoaths image.
“First off, I've always been a fan of Underoath since [2004’s] They're Only Chasing Safety and during my university years of fine arts, I was listening a lot to [2006’s] Define the Great Line while painting tons of abstract and expressive landscapes. So it was an honor and it felt very natural to me to make this video. I've also always been very impressed by the fact that the band are Christian and able to connect with all kinds of crowds, including religious and non-religious people. I think this is something very unique that has always made me curious. So I've inspired myself with this concept and applied it for the ‘Paper Lung’ music video.
I came up with this idea of apocalypse/end of times, which is a topic that not only concerns Christians, but every living human. This video tries to show an artistic, fantasist and very personal interpretation of the end of times within an universal approach. I've divided this ‘apocalypse’ into three steps according to the structure of the song. First, there is the physical end of time—the earth freezes because of global warming, let's say, then explodes from the inside. The second step is the metaphorical end of times—the fire is burning in a surreal manner which poetically presents the death of everything physical. Then third and finally, the symbolical stage. These aggressive symbols have been put together in this manner to give to the viewer a feeling of urgency and that spiritual revelations are being made. If you take a closer look at all the symbols—even though they could be related to many great or not so great spiritual movements—they all represent concepts of cycles of life, eternity, revolution, chaos, immortality, etc. But there are also random designs that I've made myself to make this ending a little bit scary and shocking. I wanted to leave this part open to many interpretations—which may include that you have to fight against symbols that you are forced to be exposed to. In other words, it may be the final test before the end of the world and you have to stick to what you believe, not necessarily what these symbols might tell you. What happens after that step is left open to the viewer, depending on what he or she believes. I wanted to create something that was both beautiful and—in the context—provocative. To me, that's what art is all about.”
This theory and statement will pull in about a couple thousand more hits to their video and life will go on. This is by far one of the most ridiculous ideas I've seen in awhile.
Everyone already knows Iman and I have sole ownership of the New World Order, brace yourself, cuz first thing is outlawing Bono and Dave Grohl.
OK, now every step back and let Underoath make an arty video, they got bills to pay