Music Video Mania-Modern Retro Videos

When watching movies I’ve been caught often saying “they don’t make ’em like they used to”, especially if I’m going back and watching a classic such as Ghostbusters, The Dark Crystal(or any Jim Henson movie for that matter), or Conan the Barbarian.  There was something special about those films that gave a warm human touch to them, probably the fact that human hands had touched every aspect of the creation.  I’m not saying that modern movies suck, in fact I enjoy them quite a bit, but you have to admit that some of the movie magic is gone.  The same could be said about music videos.  Back then(err, the 80’s and 90’s) making a music video was usually on a tight budget and people didn’t have access to inexpensive HD video camera or video editing software, but they got by using some creativity and imagination.

Here are some modern(post 2000’s) metal music videos that whether using modern technology or not give a shout out to an age past by incorporating themes, moods, colors, and techniques used in movies and music videos.  Enjoy!! And if you know of any modern retro metal videos that aren’t listed here I’d love to know about it down in the comments!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Opeth-The Devils Orchard

Just like Opeth‘s latest album is a throwback to the sounds of the 70’s it would seem logical that their latest music video would do the same.  It has that 70’s psychedelic exploitation movie style and I love the soft colors throughout the video.  So, who else thought of The Seventh Seal(I think the chess board was a direct nod to that film, especially since it’s a Swedish-made movie and Opeth are Swedish) and Hitchcock, especially Vertigo?

The Sword-How Heavy This Axe

From the bell bottom jeans to the sideburns the video for “How Heavy This Axe” is just oozing with 70’s charisma.  The style of music the band plays is also an homage to the time when metal first bared its sharp teeth, but instead of being a cliché retro band, they toss in some modernity into their sound to give it a fresh style.  I could have gone with just about all of The Sword‘s awesome videos for this post and called it a day, but I feel this is their best retro nod(“Fire Lances of the Ancient Hyperzephyrians” was a very close second).

Mastodon-Sleeping Giant

Another band with a bunch of cool retro videos.  I like how this video makes me think of that early 80’s sci-fi film Dune and how they mixed some modern film methods in with the old-school makeup and special effects.  It’s has that Twilight Zone feel to it also.

Steel Panter-Death to All but Metal(kinda NSFW)

Ok, let’s take a step away from my movie obsession for a bit and go retro in another direction.  This video is a direct homage to videos from various hair metal bands and videos from the 80’s, especially “Hot for Teacher”.  It also captures the “havin’ a good time” attitude that those 80’s seemed to love.  Errr, can’t… help… myself… Wyld Stallions Rule!!!!!

Lair of the Minotaur – War Metal Battle Master(totally, without a doubt, NSFW!!!)

Watching this video is like watching a cross between Conan the Barbarian and its slew of made for a nickel and much more explicit followers along with the filmed on moms camcorder thrash videos from the 80’s and early 90’s.  Bad ass and brutal song too!

High on Fire-Hung, Drawn, and Quartered

No cheesy movie reference here.  If you showed me the video for “Hung, Drawn, and Quartered” without me having any previous knowledge of the band I would swear that this video was from the mid 80’s.  Actually, band leader Matt Pike was one of the pioneers of the Sludge/stoner metal movement in the late 80’s early 90’s with his band Sleep.

Kylesa-Hollow Severer

So, what’s more retro than claymation.  OK, lots of things, but the cool claymation mixed with the Alice in Chains style camera work and colors make this a pretty cool modern retro video.


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Posted on October 17, 2011, in Music Video Mania and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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