Israeli progressive/symphonic metal band Scardust – whose new concept record, “Strangers,” will be released October 30 – have unveiled a music video for the album’s first single, ‘Tantibus II.’
‘Tantibus II’ continues the story of the band’s 2015 song ‘Tantibus’ (a word with Latin roots meaning “nightmare”), in which the protagonist is stuck within a sleep paralysis and looking for a way out. In “Tantibus II,” the protagonist becomes addicted to this feeling and disconnects from reality into her own mind, where she feels safe. The EXIT sign in the video represents a way out of the nightmare, as seen in the original video for ‘Tantibus’ when the protagonist chases it without ever reaching it. The opening shot of ‘Tantibus II’ is an EXIT sign broken into pieces at the feet of the protagonist, who is holding a hammer. This is when she decided to destroy her way out and sink into her nightmare.
‘Tantibus II’ will not be the end of this tale. Soon, we will discover that there is someone who cares about our protagonist, and their side of this story will be told in the next chapter of this ongoing saga, to be unveiled one week from today.