The Rolling Stones‘ new video for “Doom and Gloom” is a fantastic mess of b-roll gore (exploding heads, anyone?), zombies, waste, bloody noses, and a badass, topless Noomi Rapace thrashing beneath the beams of a corrupt infrastructure. It’s a lot to digest, but the Stones are not exactly a band that shies from grandiosity.
The video was directed by Jonas Akerlund, the visionary behind Madonna’s “Ray of Light” and Prodigy’s unpredictable late-night dalliance with carnage in “Smack My Bitch Up.” “Doom and Gloom” takes literal cues from the song’s lyrics, with references to economic inequality, fracking, and excessive consuming (Rapace burns a pile of money, stuffs her face with burgers, and appears as a gun-toting oil outlaw complete with rampant sideburns). At the end of all things there’s Mick Jagger, whose unrivaled energy on stage–any stage–proves that even at 69 years of age he still rocks hardest of them all.