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Shannon, Jared, and Tomo on the set of This Is War (Image via Ace Showbiz)

In June 2010, a teaser trailer for the title track from 30 Seconds to Mars’ second single from their album This is War was released onto Youtube showing the band decked out in military gear and carrying weapons, as inspired by the song’s central theme of war and peace. For almost a year, the very fate of that video was unknown and fans anxiously waited for any news about it. The wait, however, is now over.

On April 1st, the band, and through their social media sites, asked all their fans to refrain from watching any leaked videos and that they would be posting the official clip very soon. That came true on April 6th, when the full-fledged video was uploaded to their Vevo channel, and has already managed to garner an impressive number of views.

After watching it extensively over the past few days, here’s what I like and do not like about the video. [SPOILER ALERTS]

DISLIKES:

  1. Where are Shannon and Tomo exactly? Although they’re in the video, it’s at rare instances that you see their faces, and even then, they’re wearing sunglasses/goggle. I would’ve loved to see more of them because the dynamic that this trio have-in terms of their music-is beyond incredible.
  2. Where do all the flying objects come from? I know I know, this all serves an eventual purpose, but it just seems so random!
    Jared Leto at the 66th Venice International Fi...

    Bartholomew Cubbins (Image via Wikipedia)

    They’re in a very deserted area and out of nowhere, tanks d are flying. This would’ve been so much more believable if we see whose launching these things at them. I know most, if not all, of the Echelon would’ve loved to play a small part in the video.

  3. The typeface. I can tell its a Bartholomew Cubbins “movie” just by the lettering he uses in the historical scene. He doesn’t have to include the opening or end credits for us to know that it’s his work of art. For those of you who don’t know, Bartholomew Cubbins is nothing but a pseudonym for Jared Leto. On a side note, this isn’t a Cubbins film, but rather was directed by Edouard Salier- something that Leto isn’t keen on repeating in the future.
  4. Why is there a censored and uncensored version? Unlike Hurricane, where an uncensored version for the more sensitive/conservative viewers was needed,there’s nothing in This is War that needs censoring, not even blood.

LIKES:

  1. The theme. Definitely spot-on. For a song with such powerful lyrics and obvious discontent at the state of the world, there would’ve been no better theme to use than fighting in Afghanistan. Although, I do have a hard time believing that pretty-boy Jared would ever be engaged in such kind of combat.
  2. A Screenshot from the video (Via Tom and Tal)

    The historical shots. Because the issue is so contemporary, it would completely make sense to use images and clips from the huge historical archive available. What I like the most about this is that it’s very blunt, like putting the image of George W. Bush with the words “moment to lie” set on it. There’s no doubt about what the group thinks about the state of current affairs.

  3. Incorporating little elements: If you look very closely, you’ll see that each of the helmets has a little inscription it. Jared’s has This is War, the name of the album and the very song, Tomo has the very inventive Mars logo, while Shannon has L490, the one track on the album he wrote, and also says that in the short break from the song scene. No real idea what it signifies, but if you do, do tell!
  4. The cinematography. Wow! This is a common thread in all of Mars’ videos- they’re just a spectacle. Whether it’s the chilling Hurricane, the inspiring Kings+Queens, or the for-the-fans Closer to the Edge, there’s always something that draws you into their videos. Here, they take something so bare as a battleground and turn into more than just an area of discourse and disruption: it’s more of a beautiful chaos. In the end, the coming together of the triad and the guys observing it, it’s only a thing you can fully comprehend if you watch the entire video.

These are my thoughts on this video. I am very much enjoying the whole 30 Seconds to Mars fandom, especially when they’re making such great videos (excluding the very strange but beautifully shot Hurricane). I only wonder what they’re going to do next.


Lebanese rock music fans have another thing to look forward to this July, after it had been announced earlier that the legendary Scorpions will be performing two concerts in Byblos, as part of their farewell tour. Well, just last week, NRJ, one of the leading English-oriented radio stations in the country, announced that the widely successful American rock/post-grunge band 30 Seconds to Mars would take the very same stage 10 days later.

After initially being skeptical of this announcement-because let’s face it,  I was just a tad disappointed when the band played at Yas Island in early March and not here- I finally believed the news when the band took to their Twitter account and official page. And honestly, I could not be any happier although I have only been a fan of theirs since the release of Hurricane at the end of 2010.

Is there anything this guy can't do? (Image via echelonattack)

So in preparation for this exciting event, I took to Youtube to watch the Closer to the Edge video, which was directed by Bartholomew Cubbins (J. Leto himself) and features clips from their Into the Wild tour, and make some predictions to what we can expect from Jared, Shannon, and Tomo in July.

  1. It is going to be LOUD: You’re going to say this is a definite Duh! moment because they are after all, a rock band. But no one does loud the way this group does. J. Leto is known for his yelling, reminding this blogger of Steven Tyler at some instances, and his brother S. Leto uses some pretty heavy equipment to generate all those drum beats we hear on the album. Don’t forget to factor in the audience singing, which brings me to the next point.
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    This is War Album Cover (Via Amazon.com)

  2. The audience will sing A LOT: It’s a trademark of any 30STM concerts to have the audience chant along with their tracks. On This is War, almost all the tracks have exterior vocals provided by your average fan, thanks to the many Summits the band held while making the album. This leaves  a lot of room for you to go crazy and sing at the top of your lungs. Just a word of advice: come prepared by knowing the album by heart so you can contribute to making the biggest impression. I, for one, cannot wait to sing along to Hurricane and This is War.
  3. It’s going to be BRIGHT: A fundamental element of any concert is the lighting  and one of the many things 30STM happen to do in their concerts is shine bright lights on the audience. Bring your sunglasses because for once it’s going to be okay to wear sunglasses at night. Another brightness factor: Glo-Sticks!
  4. You’re going to be breathless: It’s definitely one of those concerts where you don’t want to be sitting down. Cheering, clapping, singing, and jumping around are all expected. So are stunts, if you’re crazy enough to do them. Who knows, you might be featured in one of their videos (See 2:17 in the video to know what I’m taking about)
  5. They’re Great Live: We’ve all heard the tale of shelving out all the money you had saved up for months to go to a concert only to end up completely disappointed because the music isn’t up to par. Well, that’s not the case with this group. J. Leto certainly has the vocal skills to be able to power through a concert, but even if he does fall short, he can definitely depend on Shannon and Tomo, who are known for their mastery of their instruments. For an example on that, just listen to the epic drumming on Night of the Hunter.
    Shannon Leto live with 30 Seconds to Mars at T...

    Shannon Leto, one of the fastest and most epic drummers on the scene today.(Image via Wikipedia)

  6. Hurricane will probably be played acoustic: And it’s 10 times more chilling than the original- oh and they play the 1.0 version, not the one with Kanye.
  7. It might be a theme night: On the same day the official announcement was made, there was a post on their site describing all the possible themes they could adopt. Which one would you want to see happening for the Byblos concert?
  8. Some lucky audience members might get a chance to go on-stage: This is a tradition of theirs for the Closer to the Edge performance, so if you’re a huge fan, start wishing upon stars from today. You might just end up sharing a stage with three of the hottest men in the world of rock.
  9. Jared’s hair color/style are definitely going to be out there! The guy had a pink Mohawk for the longest time and his fashion instincts only rival those of Lady Gaga, so he’s definitely not going to come on stage in a regular t-shirt and jeans-although that would be great as well. Prepare yourselves for some crazy colors and the possibility of some shirtless-ness .
  10. Despite everything I said above, expect the unexpected Though they sort of have set-format, you really can’t predict what they’re going to do because they will end up shattering those into a tiny million pieces.

Whatever 30 Seconds to Mars have in store for the Lebanese audience,  it’s going to be a concert for the ages in a historic city.