Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012

FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

#10 Phantom Antichrist – Kreator

There’s nothing like a damn fine metal band playing a damn fine song to the setting of a post-apocalyptic world.  That’s all Kreator had to do to get their point across.   Let’s hope none of us ever have to experience anything like this.

#9 Encased in Concrete – Cannibal Corpse

I think the title says it all.  I can’t imagine what it would be like to be buried alive in concrete.  Cannibal Corpse is the perfect band to sing about such a thing.  The video is fairly simple, but the protagonist’s outcome is what is disturbing and worthy of making me remember this video so long after it was released.

#8 Honesty in Death – Paradise Lost

I think Paradise Lost cares about their videos.  They have a tendency to have something to say through the use of film.  Honesty in Death is a great video; well directed and produced.  I like when you can see a story play out in just a few minutes and this video does just that.

#7 Native Blood – Testament

This is another one that accurately depicts what the song is about.  It’s a video that is fairly simple in nature with the band playing to cut scenes of a Native American boy who grew up being shunned.  Then he grows up to stand and fight for what he believes in; pretty powerful video.

#6 Built to Fall – Trivium

Trivium seems to be into making interesting videos especially for their latest album.  I like their choice to use black and white for their backdrop.  There is a lot of interesting imagery used in this video to tell their story. I say, if you are going to take the time to make videos, may as well go all out.

#5 One For Sorrow – Insomnium

This is the only video on my list that doesn’t really tell a story.  It’s a live setting and the director still managed to capture the feel of the song…and it’s even a daylight concert set.  Both the song and the way the director captured the shots really brought out the somber feel of the song which is a God damn great song!

#4 No Reflection – Marilyn Manson

This video certainly isn’t as shocking as one disgusting Cattle Decapitation video I saw once in my life a little while ago.  Manson does make some cool videos and this is no exception.  Though the whole shock rock concept wore down over time, it’s still a distressing Manson style video that makes it worth watching.

#3 Ghost Walking – Lamb of God

This is a great animation video to say the least.  Sometimes the band need not be in a video to make it cool. I am not a fan of anime or general animation for that matter, but I still think it’s a cool video and something a little different.

#2 Drag Ropes – Storm Corrosion

Though it’s hard for me to really get into this album, there is no denying the awesome creativity with this video.  It’s not far removed from the Lamb of God video above, but just better imagery.  The atmosphere of this song is incredibly fitting for this video…a perfect match for sight and sound.  It would make for a great short movie at some film festival.

#1 Darkness Within – Machine Head

This video blew me away and I pretty much enjoy respect anything that challenges organized religion.  I try not to throw my personal beliefs around, but this video brought it out of me a little.  The imagery is great and the song is perfect for the setting.

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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 21, 2012, in Best of 2012, Metal Lists and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I really appreciate good videos, thanks for finding them for me! It sure helps, especially if it’s a song you’ve never heard before and not sure you like it. A good video can make me want to listen to the song more than once.

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