The Progress of Disaster, as an album, is an exercise in healing.
All songs were written after the untimely loss of nevereven’s former bassist, Scott Shaeffer. It could loosely be regarded as a concept album, with every song dealing directly with death and renewal, with Remainder as it’s brooding centerpiece. Remainder is a narrative about one person’s process in coping with suicide, not as the immediate victim of the act, but as the innocent bystander who has no choice but to be affected by the loss of loved ones taken by their very own hands.
The video is a reflection of this concept, starting out in a dark, dirty crawlspace giving the viewer a confined, stifling feeling…probably best and most memorably represented by the infamous plastic bag scene.
Throughout the video, the constant feeling of rising reflects a person’s struggle in coming to grips with being the survivor of a suicidal act, the family, friend or acquaintance of the suicide victim…the remainder. The video’s images of climbing stairs and ascending elevators portray this, as does the change in lighting, progressively getting brighter throughout the video. Every individual in the band is alone in the beginning and finding their own way to their destination at the top, culminating with the final (and only) full band shots in an open, bright room, with darkness still lurking in the corners.
Even though the song is one if nevereven’s most radio friendly, the content found just beneath the surface within the lyrical content gives the listener much more than what they ever bargained for.
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