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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  • exsaddam

    pig destroyer – the diplomat

  • Massi

    5. Pig Destroyer: The Diplomat

  • Delan Silva

    Pig Destroyer – The Diplomat!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Chris.G.Parsons Christopher G Parsons

    Pig Destroyer – The Diplomat

  • Daddy_Tank

    Pig Destroyer – The Diplomat

  • BOU

    5!

  • Mate Suntan

    i didnt see a poll……… so ima comment PIG DESTROYER – THE DIPLOMAT :D :D:D

  • christian

    Pigggggg Destroyer

  • http://twitter.com/LordBling Gustavo Bling

    Pig Destroyer — The Diplomat

  • http://twitter.com/Sollazzon Sollazzon

    minchia ma che musica dimmerda che fanno nel 2012!!
    tolto il pezzo di slash tutti gli altri son pezzi a 200 allora senza melodia e che non dicono un caxxo..mazza se siam messi male!

  • Phil

    Europe – Firebox

  • http://www.facebook.com/dethorder Ray Rorek

    CATTLE DECAPITATION Forced Gender Reassignment

  • http://www.facebook.com/max.prowler Max Prowler

    High on Fire, “Fertile Green”

  • http://www.facebook.com/wesley.s.oxendine Wesley SasukeUchiha Oxendine

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin

  • Adrian

    Periphery – Make Total Destroy!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/stewart.tarp Stewart Tarp

    Nekrogoblikon- No one survives!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1097595265 Rip Fowler

    Half of these videos are un-watchable. How is Nekrogobliikon not on this list?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Seamus-McSorley/100000495559088 Seamus McSorley

    Forced Gender Reassignment by Cattle Decapitation

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.m.garner Matt Moses Garner

    HIGH ON FIRE BABY!!!

  • http://twitter.com/_KittyRawr_ Kitty Cat

    black veil brides <3

  • Jagoff

    Get rid of In This Moment, Black Veil Brides and Motionless In White, then you have a decent list. What about Goatwhore, or Dying Fetus?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739035616 Ian Amis

      MIW’s video is very good great even the meaning of free others from being apart of a mass media by cutting their face off and becoming an army what the fuck is more metal then that.

    • Flip

      If you don’t like the Blood music video…Ugay son?

  • http://twitter.com/CrysAfuckingA Crystal Snow Hill⚓

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin

  • Fer

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin

  • GlamBat

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/vazadaqui Susana Minervini

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin

  • David

    Are you fucking kidding me? This is a popularity contest. I they really chose the best music videos, Storm Corrosion would be up there.

    • David

      If*

  • http://www.facebook.com/reiika.suzuki Reika Suzuki

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • SophieisBatgirl

    <3 Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • christa

    black veil brides!

  • jamie

    Black Veil Brides coffin, hands down…. <3

  • ihatebvb

    bvb is shit.

  • ethan

    Tarnished Gluttony by Job for a Cowboy was better than all of these….

  • Vee Tantrum

    Coffin by Black Veil Brides <3

  • Chris

    MIW Devil’s Night, easy

  • Juliet

    Coffin- BVB!

  • http://www.facebook.com/marianasouzabell Mariana Souza

    Coffin by Black Veil Brides!

  • Cpt. Howdy

    All y’all realize that this is about the video and not just the artist playing the song…right?

  • Cpt. Howdy

    All y’all realize that this is about the video and not just the artist playing the song…right?

  • Paola Biersack

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • lisa

    black veil brides- coffin

  • sandra loren

    BVB – COFFIN !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Juliana_Bvb Asking_Juliana_BvB

    Black Veil Brides
    -Coffin <3

  • http://twitter.com/LoVe_YoungXo Destinym/

    Coffin all the way <3

  • Kate

    BVB-COFFIN :) <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/blaize.hall.3 Blaize Hall

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/greice.santellano Greice Santellano

    7 sempre Black Veil Brides ~Coffin :3

  • http://twitter.com/stephanyluvyou I Follow Back

    black veil brides coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/DanySpookyCandy DanySpooky Candy

    BVB- Coffin :3

  • Sarah

    Black Veil Brides- Coffin

  • InsaneJane

    Black Veil Brides <33 Coffin

  • Vampire

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin !! <3

  • http://twitter.com/virginiaquinta6 virginia quintanilla

    coffin <3 BLACK VEIL BRIDES :)

  • http://twitter.com/RebelBloodBVB Rebel ☠ Blood

    Black Veil Brides Coffin

  • Thrash91

    fuck black veil brides!! fucking glam poser douche bags.

  • Mrs. Jones

    BVB. Coffin <3

  • Alberto Gallardo

    Pig Destroyer//The Diplomat

  • Blake

    i bet most people just voted for there favourite band without ever seeing the other vids…

  • Sofia

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin <33

  • Arielle

    Black Veil Brides – coffin ❤

  • saino

    number 7 black veil brides coffin 4-ever

  • Fanny NaOr

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • cantare

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin♥♥

  • Dark AnGeL

    Black veil brides-coffin <3

  • Cogs

    ….and where is Black Light Burns????

  • http://twitter.com/dawrta Marta

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • Nordy

    BVB Coffin!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/MsZombiexx Stephanie Bathory

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • Paul Kaaslicht

    Black veil brides Coffin

  • http://twitter.com/biersack_claire claire biersack

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin

  • Nikki

    Black veil Brides <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/computerphilosopher Justin Evans

    All of these are awesome. I’m onboard with Pig Destroyer Diplomat.

  • Amanda

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin ,

  • Ju

    Black Veil Brides Coffin

  • Sheri

    Coffin Bvb

  • Dona

    Black Veil BridesCoffin

  • http://twitter.com/tamiresvitoria Tamires Vitória

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/houssem.matoussi1 Houssem Matoussi

    <3 Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • BlackBrideSixxTherRipper

    Black Veil Brides!! coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/houssem.matoussi1 Houssem Matoussi

    <3 Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/houssem.matoussi1 Houssem Matoussi

    <3 Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/houssem.matoussi1 Houssem Matoussi

    <3 Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3

  • prog

    where the fuck is Nekrogoblikon – No One Survives?!

  • http://twitter.com/BVBBridesman Izzy

    the black veil brides – Coffin!

  • http://twitter.com/mizutanichan Gabriele

    Black Veil Brides-Coffin ♥♥

  • http://www.facebook.com/sarah.gonzales.1485 Patricia Lovez You

    Wow. These are great. But Bad Rain is better for me. (Even Devil’s Night) :P

  • IsaacSanchez

    Black Veil Brides: Coffin

  • dethheadsabbath

    how the fuck is Machine Head’s “Darkness Within” not on this list?

  • http://canuckfirebrand.wordpress.com/ Canuck Firebrand

    #2 Devin Townsend + Revocation

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.locricchio Joe Locricchio

    Revocation-The Grip Tightens
    Best Music Video of All Time!
    And the some is easily the best one on the list

  • Nika Wessels

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.g.titus Daniel G. Titus

    REVOCATION takes this one!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ian Mackay

    High on Fire – “Fertile Green” and “Pig Destroyer” – The Diplomat are both outstanding and both were directed by Phil Mucci. That guy is talented! Can’t wait to see more from him.

  • alicedguez

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin <3 <3

  • alicedguez

    black veil brides -coffin <3 <3

  • erika

    black veil brides coffin

  • Luce

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • @Bvbmarina

    BLACK VEIL BRIDES!! COFFIN <3<3

  • Ari

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • http://www.facebook.com/melissa.sutherland2 Dale Sutherland

    Revocation’s video was hilarious & of course Mr.Matt Pike & High on Fire’s video!

  • http://twitter.com/Elyce_BVBarmy Rheianne Elyce

    Coffin

  • Nathy Biersack

    Black Veil Brides- Coffin :D

  • http://twitter.com/Lucia_Retrorian Lucia BVB Army

    Black Veil Brides —-Coffin ♥

  • JuJu

    Black Veil Brides ~ Coffin <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/medousha.gobind Bridgit Juliet Simms

    Black Veil Brides…….coffin <3

  • Leisha

    BVB Coffin

  • vero

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin :) <3

  • http://twitter.com/Fallen_Fabian Andrzej ∞

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • Рауль Исай

    Black Veil Brides !!! Coffin!!!!!!!!<3<3<3

  • Michael J Fox

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin

  • criss

    <3 bac veil brides- coffin <3

  • http://twitter.com/TheTeenageFreak Abigail M. Guski

    Black Veil Brides – COFFIN

  • http://twitter.com/DeecsRo DeecsRo

    Black Veil Brides – Coffin