In a former life, industrial/power electronics mastermind ESA was a prominent black metal writer/engineer named Jamie Blacker. He adopted the ESA moniker when he made his radical musical shift back in 2002. Since then, he’s toured the world and released 9 extremely well-received albums.
Today, Dread Central is thrilled to exclusively unveil the video for “Like Meat (Spoiled)”, the latest single from ESA’s latest album, The Beast (available to stream and download, HERE). It was filmed in Japan and takes inspiration from “J-Horror” as well as western influences.
The story the video conveys is certainly horrifying:
“Like Meat (Spoiled)” follows “the leader of a ballet troupe who needs to eat human flesh to survive selects members of the troupe as her sacrifices.”
Taking influences initially from rhythmical noise acts, Blacker’s sound structures have developed and integrated countless influences from the broad spectrum of alternative and extreme music. The tone of ESA is harsh and oppressive, dripping with destructive and corroded grooves whilst still emanating deep melody and a strong sense of spirituality. ESA’s compositions are undoubtedly threatening and offensive floor stomping club tunes but also twist and churn enough to reward more attentive listening. ESA’s most recent album “That Beast” was released last year on Negative Gain. His music is also used on the second season of the Netflix Sci-fi series The OA.