Within Temptation face “The Reckoning” in new video

Is it a music video or sci-fi blockbuster?

Within Temptation have unveiled an epic new video, for “The Reckoning.”

The Julian Ticona Cuba-directed clip features the Dutch metal band facing an array of destructive lasers and a massive, menacing spacecraft. It’ll have you wondering if you’re watching a music video or a summer blockbuster: The special effects are top notch, and the production quality amazing.

“The Reckoning” is the first single off Within Temptation’s forthcoming album Resist, out December 14. Already discernible in the single is the metal veterans’ change of direction on this record: Fans will note a step back from their symphonic roots and even some dubstep rattling around in the song’s conclusion.

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“Our main goal was to collect pieces from sounds we did like and roughen it up as much as we could, resulting in a surprisingly new musical world that is heavier, dirtier and more futuristic than we’ve ever created before,” frontwoman Sharon den Adel commented via a press release. “Resist is our take on metal in a new way: to give modern music its rebellious edge.”

Though the song also features an impressive vocal turn from Jacoby Shaddix, the Papa Roach frontman unfortunately isn’t in the video. Nevertheless, check it out below:

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