Justice was just nominated for best dance/electronic album at the 2019 Grammys for its recent live album Woman Worldwide. The production re-contextualizes the French duo’s three-album catalog into a whole new sound, but there’s still heavy emphasis on material from its third LP Woman. “Heavy Metal” is a particularly raucous moment in the show and on the album, and today (Dec. 13), it gets a slick music video centered around a full marching band.
The video, directed by Filip Nilsson, follows a marching band from practice in the streets to the field and the bright lights. Nilsson met the 220-person band in Norfolk Virginia about a year ago, and he knew right away he’d work with them at the right moment.
“I immediately knew that these guys had something special,” Nilsson says in a press release. ‘We contacted the the marching band leader, William Beathea, and it felt like we all knew at that point that we had to make this work. I wanted his marching band of 220 people to play the track as well as create a customized choreography. We knew it would be far from easy to pull it off. After months of preparation and schedule changes due to the hurricane season, myself and DP Steve Annis finally had five days of full rehearsals with the marching band before we starting shooting. It was a very strong and emotional experience working with these musicians and dancers.”
Fans get a quick clip of that instrumental transcription when the music cuts out for a few bars at the end. Check the full “Heavy Metal” music video below.