The Best Music Videos of 2012
Sure, music videos aren’t what they used to be since MTV all but dropped the “M.” But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t still bands who give a serious shit about the clips they produce to accompany their songs. 2012 had its share of badass music videos–here are our picks for the 10 best. And if you don’t like our ranking, tell us which video is your favorite in our poll right here.
12. Machine Head, "Darkness Within"
Blood, worms, tight claustrophobic spaces, and perhaps most frightening of all, considering Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe's legal problems there, the city of Prague, Czech Republic, all feature largely in this dark, disturbing clip for the standout centerpiece song off Machine Head's Unto the Locust.
11. Asking Alexandria, "Through Sin and Self-Destruction"
No one music video could capture the nonstop sin and insanity that is a day in the life of Asking Alexandria. So the band released three videos this year, making for the epic "Through Sin and Self-Destruction" trilogy, a cinematic roller-coaster ride full of sex, drugs, violence, rock and roll, and more drugs.
10. Lamb of God, “Ghost Walking”
Saying that Lamb of God had quite the year (in both good and bad terms) would be an understatement--from the release their great album Resolution to the arrest of vocalist Randy Blythe in the Czech Republic. A highlight from LOG's 2012, the band's video for the single "Ghost Walking" uses first-class animation as it follows a shady-looking character as he seeks to protect top-secret information.
9. Slash, "Bad Rain"
This single from Slash's second solo album Apocalyptic Love, features the rock god's top hat and all in an animated video of a strip-tease show gone horribly wrong.
8. In This Moment, "Blood"
The title track of In This Moment's record features a video that ties together all the spooky and fairy tale-esque imagery of the album's art. Vocalist Maria Brink isn't shy about her own sexuality and she just doesn't care what you think anymore.
7. Black Veil Brides, "Coffin"
Though this song comes of the band's 2011 EP, Rebels, this candlelit video was released this year. The Black Veil Brides' glam-metal-tinged hard rock goes grim as they play with fire and snakes.
6. Down, "Witchtripper"
It's been a while since we heard from Down and even though the Down IV Part I- The Purple EP isn't a full-length, it packs more high-quality sludge then most bands do in their careers. The video for "Witchtripper" features one of the more bizarre storylines of the Top 10 chosen videos--but what else would we expect from vocalist Phil Anselmo anyway? After some eyeball stew and satanic ceremonies, Down teaches us that metal actually is the devil's music.
5. Pig Destroyer, "The Diplomat"
This is the first of two videos on this list directed by Phil Mucci (see also No. 1), whose work seems to have distinct editing choices and layers of vibrant colors. After a five-year break between albums, Pig Destroyer dropped this new video that delivers a surefire message: When a jittery diplomat gives AK-47s to monkeys on an alternate planet, it can only lead to a smattering of green guts.
4. Motionless In White, "Devil's Night"
Fight scenes are pretty much always memorable, and terror scenes are even harder to forget. Motionless In White deliver both here, constantly increasing the numbers of their gang with the use of a straight razor in this twisted West Side Story-like video directed by Cody Blue Snider, son of Twisted Sister's Dee Snider.
3. Dethklok, "I Ejaculate Fire"
As with most things Dethklok-related, the band's mere presence brings about a disaster. Is that a Spinx ejaculating fire? Yes. Is this video NSFW? Yes. Is it absurd yet totally funny? Absolutely.
2. Revocation, "The Grip Tightens"
The tech-thrash band comes out of "retirement" to play for the senior-citizen crowd in this hilarious video. Forget about age, they still partake in rock-and-roll debauchery--grandma panties and all.
1. High on Fire, "Fertile Green"
The plot of this visually stunning video may be about as complicated to understand as the concept behind High on Fire's most recent album, De Vermis Mysteriis. But we're guessing that if you watch the clip after puffing on a bong a few times, it makes perfect sense. We're guessing.
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