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The time a music video was filmed during a Total Solar Eclipse


Nature’s most precious spectacle appeared behind them, and they didn’t even look at it.

They just stood there, the three members of doom metal band Hamferð, and carried on playing their song ‘Deyðir varðar’ (Dead Beacons) while a Total Eclipse of the Sun played out behind them.

The date was March 20, 2015, and the place was the Faroe Islands, an archipelago of 18 remote volcanic islands adrift in the North Atlantic.

Ever-changing weather, inspiring wild landscapes and the world’s greenest grass make up the Faroe Islands, which was the temporary home to about 8,000 eclipse-chasers (to add to the 49,000 inhabitants).

Unfortunately, most people who tried their best to see Totality did not witness it due to cloud, including me, though I did get to play with my EclipSpoon.

However, recording high above the village of Kvívík, Hamferð’s video captured a clear Totality at 9:41 a.m. It occurs at exactly 1 min 59 seconds into the video , but it’s clouded out around 2 mins 35 seconds. And by then it’s really, really dark. So not much of a pop video at all for a while. However, Totality reappears at 3 mins 37 seconds. It’s pretty spooky stuff, and in more ways than one. Here are the lyrics:

Cold is this new night
I swallow the dew’s bitter frost
Nothing can be seen
And nothing can be felt”
Hamferð – Deyðir varðar

Will anyone try something similar on Monday, 21 August 2017 when a Total Solar Eclipse sweeps across the USA?

Photo credit: Visit Faroe Islands