​Besra presents 11-minute video about mental and substance abuse

The Finnish avant-garde prog-metal band Besra released an 11-minute short film for the song "Pariah", which touched on the topic of mental and substance abuse.

According to the creators, both of the above problems are often considered shameful to share by those who suffer from the afflictions. "10% of all employed Finns are alcoholics, and estimating the real amount is guesswork. Alcohol addiction is difficult to diagnose because the nature of the illness and attitude towards it is peculiar in Finland. Alcohol abuse has strong psychological and social dimensions, which are often connected to mental health issues. This hell that encompasses the whole family is too difficult to be spoken about in the Finnish society", says Ville Kaisla (the drummer of Besra and one of the screenwriters of the film).

"We wanted to tell a story, which in its’ way depicts our own experiences. Melancholic music and especially metal genres depict the subject, yes, but often from a neutral or even glorified perspective. We should be able to talk about things with their real names. Admitting you have a problem to your close ones is the first step towards healing and breaking the cycle," Kaisla.

"Pariah" will appear on Besra’s debut album "Anhedonia". The LP will be released on September 7 via the Swedish label Temple of Torturous. Follow the link to check out the band's song "Dwell In Gloom".

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"Anhedonia" tracklist:

  1. First Dawn
  2. Dwell In Gloom
  3. Next Chapter
  4. Pariah

"Anhedonia" cover