Back in 2000, The Juliana Theory released their sophomore album Emotion Is Dead. It was a cleaner, more power pop-inspired album than their rawer, second-wave emo-style 1999 debut Understand This Is a Dream, and it helped set the tone for the new wave of emo-pop that was about to explode. It's an absolute classic that still sounds timeless today, and it's home to the band's most popular, beloved, and enduring song, "We're at the Top of the World." They've now re-imagined that song -- along with six other classics -- for A Dream Away, their first album in over 15 years, which also features the new song "Better Now." The album arrives March 26 via Equal Vision (pre-order), and the new version of "We're at the Top of the World" and its amazing video premieres in this post.
It opens by turning the peppy, upbeat song into raw, real-deal black metal (yes, really), and the grainy, extremely black metal-looking video follows suit, with The Number Twelve Looks Like You frontman Jesse Korman decked out in corpse paint in the middle of the dark, snowy woods. It quickly turns out to be a red herring. We realize it's actually daytime and The Dillinger Escape Plan's Ben Weinman is filming Jesse on a camera that makes it look otherwise, and then the song turns into jangly acoustic pop -- even lighter than the original version -- with Jesse Korman singing along and looking as happy and upbeat as a corpse-painted person possibly can.