Two days after crafting a low-key tribute to Kurt Cobain, Jared Leto and the rest of Thirty Seconds of Mars get bombastic in the music video for "This is War," the title track from their 2009 third album.
Video: 30 Seconds To Mars: "This is War"
The video opens with a thought-provoking quote from H.G. Wells -- "If we do not end war, war will end us" -- and the simple introduction, "this is a song about peace." Jared Leto dons a U.S. Army uniform and fires his rifle at the camera while he sings, "A warning to the people/ the good and the evil/ this is war." Trucks, tanks, planes and ships eventually take on lives of their own and careen over the soldiers' heads to form a strange, floating pyramid, the interpretation of which is left to the viewer.
Before Thirty Seconds to Mars debuted the new video today (April 7), Leto filmed a tribute to Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in which Leto dresses like Cobain and sings acoustic versions of "Pennyroyal Tea" and "Rape Me." The singer uploaded the video on April 5, the 17th anniversary of Cobain's death, and wrote in a blog post, "Not sure I'd be doing this if it weren't for him. He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible."
Video: Jared Leto Pays Tribute to Kurt Cobain