A strange plague is coming and it’s thirsty for blood…
The Sixth Chamber has released a new music video for their single “Red Death Masquerade” and it’s to die for! The band’s blend of retro gothic metal, gothic rock and epic doom exquisitely sets the dark, foreboding mood for the tale that unfolds throughout the recording.
Set in New Orleans on the eve of Samhain, the song pays homage to the city’s vampiric history, adding another dimension to the tales of the undead. It follows a damsel in distress, portrayed by gothic model and performer Dani Divine, as she walks the streets, unknowingly being preyed upon by a blood-thirsty nocturnal creature, played by costume designer Loretta Vampz. Lead vocalist Rahne Pistor is our deathly narrator, recounting the sinister events as they unfold. Drifting between the worlds of fantasy and reality, the grand mystery is, will the young lady succumb to her predator?
As a book and vampire enthusiast, I must mention how the track and video drip with literary allusions. The title, “Red Death Masquerade,” immediately brings to mind the chilling short story The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, which speaks of a lethal virus plaguing the country where victims bleed profusely through their pores and perish. Quite fitting since this single depicts vampirism as a deadly disease, and in the video, the singer looks every bit the part of a harbinger of death. If you listen to other songs by The Sixth Chamber, Pistor amusingly embeds references to macabre literature and history in his lyrics, which makes their music all the more fascinating to hear.
The interaction between Dani Divine and Loretta Vampz is reminiscent of the interplay among the female vampire and female victim in Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla. It’s sensual, obsessive and full of licentious desire. The pair look phenomenal, and their attire in every scene exudes erotic elegance, from the elaborate headpieces to the ornate garb.
“Come the nightfall nevermore the warmth of love
Upon her lips such spite the taste of blood
A plague that ruins your mind like a thief in the night
Stark mad in endless wanderings in the sway of the moonlight”“Red Death Masquerade” by The Sixth Chamber
As you watch, you’ll get glimpses of the French Quarter and historic cemeteries. Making the production all the more special is it was shot on December 11, 2021—the day author and vampire literary queen Anne Rice passed. The music video features Metairie Cemetery, which is where the writer and New Orleans native was laid to rest.
Now, the time has come for you to bask in the magic of The Sixth’s Chamber’s “Red Death Masquerade,” and I’m excited to premiere it on Vamp Jenn’s Corner. Enjoy!