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Eyes of Fire Update On New Video and Touring

Eyes of Fire spoke to MTV.com about their latest video and touring situation:

The only thing Eyes of Fire frontman Dan Kaufman knows about the video for "It All Dies Today" — the first single off the Orange County ambient-metal quintet's sophomore disc, Prisons — is that it's "f---ing bizarre."

Of course, there's an underlying plotline to the clip — girl moves into creepy apartment building, deranged spirits haunt girl, girl loses mind. But Kaufman said Gary Smithson's warped vision is responsible for the entire video — so don't ask him to explain, say, the one scene involving a collection of old men gathered at a birthday bash for a pampered feline.

"I'm just glad there's not a whole lot of us in it," he joked. "You can see we're playing and tell who we are. We're in there when we need to be I guess. But when I watch it, all I can think is 'The Grudge' meets 'The Shining' with a David Lynch twist."

Kaufman said much of the video's imagery was inspired by the paintings of Francis Bacon. Smithson — who has worked with Exodus, the Eagles of Death Metal and High on Fire — is a fan of the English artist. Kaufman — who, with bassist Matt Fisher, spent much of the late '90s in Mindrot — added that he's hoping the disturbing clip will help Eyes of Fire keep their collective asses in a van, traveling from one city to the next.

Playing a steady stream of shows has been something of a problem for the band in the past, according to Kaufman. Eleven months after Eyes of Fire dropped their 2004 debut, Ashes to Embers, they secured their first national tour — an opening slot on Glenn Danzig's Blackest of the Black run.

"We were bidding on tours left and right [but] for some reason nothing came together," he explained. "We were in the process of recording Prisons with [producer] Matt [Bayles, who has worked with Mastodon and Isis] when Danzig got a hold of us for the tour, and so we had to relearn all of the old songs. It was stressful. As soon as we got done recording, we had a week and a half to practice before we had to head to St. Louis, where the tour started. And we played with Danzig, Trivium, Apocalyptica and Kataklysm for a month."

Eyes of Fire's headlining run with Losa in the support slot wrapped up a few weeks ago, and now they're waiting to see what fate will hand them next tourwise. Kaufman said it's possible they'll head out with one of the bands on Roadrunner's roster, and they've expressed interest in participating in Sounds of the Underground or Gigantour 2. "We just want to stay on the road for as long as we can," he said. "Being a band like us, we're not going to get radio play. You just need to be in everybody's face and be out there."

Source: MTV.com

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