Vatican Debut Retro Video Game-Inspired Music Video For New Single “Decemeta”


Savannah’s Vatican have premiered their new single “Decemeta” online along with a PlayStation 1 era video game-inspired music video for it. The band’s vocalist Mike Sugars commented to Brooklyn Vegan of the track:

“This song is about how we as people love to see others fail. There are plenty of times where it’s maybe best that this person goes away, but we’re always watching to see who’s next and are always looking for the cracks in someone’s frame.

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I wanted to name the track based on how the song just makes me feel. I thought the song felt like a battle montage and landed on something like ‘Decimation‘ or something not great like that. Then, I took inspiration from NieR: Automata and Metal Gear Rising and combined decimation with the ‘mata’ thing. I just thought it looked and sounded cool.”

The band’s drummer Josian Omar Soto-Ramos and friend Beyond Sahaj came up with the 3D modem of the mech featured in the video and single artwork. Soto-Ramos said of that:

“When that was finished, I thought about the song we were going to release and tying it into the track. The first thing that popped in my head was a visualiser of it fighting off enemies in PlayStation 1-inspired style, with a lot of explosions and flying. Specifically, the Armored Core series immediately came to mind for this and made sense with the abrasive context of the song. Sahaj was super stoked on the idea and we started bouncing ideas back and forth. It was a lot of fun getting this idea made into a reality and it’s all thanks to him for doing a dope job.”

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