Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Top 5 Videos of 2011

Videos are a great marketing tool; a way for people to see the band.  It’s hard to catch good metal on TV these days, so we tend to rely on places like YouTube to see our favorite band videos or live footage of them playing.  Personally, it has done wonders for broadening my musical horizons.  Without videos, I probably wouldn’t have found some of the music I enjoy today.

For the most part, videos are kind of cheesy.  They are often silly and do not serve the song any justice.  That’s fine, I still get to see the band and form some kind of opinion.  Other times, videos are very well done and honor the intent of the song for which the video was created.  Below are my 5 music video favorites of 2011 in no particular order.  Unlike “Best Video Countdown” you might have seen on MTV and VH1, these are my favorite videos because they are good videos, not a plug for a good song.

Opeth – The Devil’s Orchard.  Along with the 70’s progressive rock feel of Heritage, you get an appropriately made video to go with it.  This video is full of symbolism, vivid colors, and psychedelic elements that make it fun to watch more than once.

Mastodon – Curl of the Burl.  I am not a huge fan of Mastodon, but thanks to this video I know what burl is.  Needless to say this video taught me something and was quirky and fun to watch; like a low-budget cult classic.  Again, another well-made video that accurately depicts the song’s content.

Chimaira – Year of the Snake.  This is nothing more than a band playing in a room, but the slow-motion technique captures the angst of the song.  When I see it, I feel it.  I guess that’s the point with the motion capture used in this video.  It was very well done and by the end of the song you should feel tired and want to throw something.

Megadeth – Public Enemy #1.  I think Dave Mustaine officially has a sense of humor.  I like the fact that the overall video stuck with the theme of the song, but what made it great are the stars of the video, our nearest evolutionary cousins, primates.  It’s a fun video and serves the song well.

Amon Amarth – Destroyer of the Universe.  Rarely, does a live-footage video do anything for me.  It’s cool to see band in action, but the director of Destroyer of the Universe actually made me, a 38-year-old metalhead) want to get in the pit.   I just don’t do that anymore.  This video captured the essence of a live Amon Amarth show which is high energy, high audience participation.  Well done!

There are some honorable mentions out there.  Trivium has done some cool things with their videos for In Waves.  I like the black and white effect and the symbolism.  I don’t quite get how the video fits the song; I could be missing the point, but they are good videos anyway.  Steven Wilson’s videos for Grace for Drowning are captivating.  If I had a number 6, his videos would be there.  If you haven’t seen them, check them out; very well done.  Thank you for reading.  What videos did you enjoy watching this year?

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About Reggie

Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on December 19, 2011, in Best of 2011, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The Megadeth video is my biggest “wtf?!” moment of the year. Even with that, I think it’s hilarious and awesome for it! I wasn’t feeling the Chimaira song (or album) so that made the video kind of “meh” for me. Otherwise, nice list!

    -Dan

    • Thanks for checking it out. Yeah, Chimaira seems to have not impressed too many people this time around. They just lost their guitarists, so I have no idea what is in store for their future. Since both of those guys (who left) worked on Six Feet Under’s new album, I am curious to hear what that one is all about when it gets released. SFU needs a pick-me-up!

  2. That Megadeth vid cracks me up. Proof that everything can be made even more awesome with monkeys. And the Mastodon vid is cool too, those guys constantly put out some of the craziest music videos, I’d like to have a DVD of all their vids.

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