I bet you thought you’d never hear “Kanye West” and “Cradle of Filth” spoken aloud in the same sentence.

•March 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Wandering a cold, dark forest is an effective (if  a little heavy-handed) metaphor for the loneliness one feels upon ending a romantic relationship after a considerable length of time. It’s a metaphor that director Nabil Elderkin puts to admittedly impressive use in his  music video for “Coldest Winter”, the latest single off of Kanye West’s 2008 LP 808’s and Heartbreak. Just take a look and see for yourself:

See, there’s a young woman running in a forest, like I told you. And it’s nighttime, and I’d presume it to be cold because of all the snow, hence the name song; “Coldest Winter”. And it looks like she’s also being chased by druids or something which seems weird until you realize that they’re druids and hanging out in forests is kind of their thing. So all in all, a pretty well-done video and a perfect companion to Coldest Winter.

Except I can’t help but think that I’ve seen this done before…

Somewhere…

Oh wait! I remember!

I mean, sure; there are some key differences but the similarities are glaring. The whole “Hot Chick gets lost in a snowy forest and gets accosted by shadow forest demons” isn’t exactly a well-worn trope. But I’m not here to accuse anyone of ripping off anybody. I’m sure this is just a case of Elderkin having a really good idea that wasn’t as original as he thought it. I just think it’s funny that an artist like Kanye and a band like Cradle of  Filth can be worlds apart, and still have a similar train of thought. You realize that with these two videos Kanye West and Cradle of Filth are barely two degrees separated from each other creatively. How much longer until they start headlining tours together?