Best Rock Video of 2013 – 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards
A horse-headed hero, a journey into madness, a statement on bullying, bandmates duking it out in the ring and two awesomely animated tales are among the clips that make up the Best Rock Video of 2013 category in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards.
Simply put, a number of rock bands used the visual medium to entertain, educate and stimulate. You can check out each of the nominated videos, then be sure to vote for your favorite in the poll below:
Alice in Chains, 'Hollow'
No man is an island, and in the Alice in Chains video for 'Hollow' if a man is an island, he's bound to get a little island fever. Check out their rumination on isolation here:
Black Label Society, 'Ain't No Sunshine'
Leave it to Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society to turn a simple love song into something visually bizarre (and we're not talking about the Vinnie Paul guitar solo midway through). Did Bill Withers ever envision horse love when penning 'Ain't No Sunshine'?:
Dead Sara, 'Lemon Scent'
Dead Sara's music definitely packs a punch, but with the video for 'Lemon Scent' singer Emily Armstrong and guitarist Siouxsie Medley save their punches for each other. Then they turn their fury elsewhere. Don't make them mad! Watch 'Lemon Scent' here:
Escape the Fate, 'Ungrateful'
Escape the Fate generated one of the more cinematic clips of the year with 'Ungrateful,' which plays out as a short film on the circle of violence often associated with bullying. Watch 'Ungrateful' here:
In This Moment, 'Adrenalize'
Hello nurse! We've got a fever and the only cure is In This Moment's Maria Brink and her masked, scantily clad minions helping to set free our libidos. The equally creepy and sexy clip for 'Adrenalize' definitely makes an impression.
Korn, 'Never Never'
One of the year's most visually creative clips is Korn's 'Never Never,' as the band feels the full wrath of time. The time demon sends the band members into full Matrix mode dodging the rapidly moving hands. Watch the 'Never Never' clip here:
Puscifer, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'
Puscifer take a Queen classic and give it an odd new spin. In the 'Bohemian Rhapsody' video, the band members' heads are superimposed on old film footage to deliver a bizarre and somewhat tragic tale.
Queens of the Stone Age, '… Like Clockwork' Series
With the '… Like Clockwork' series, Queens of the Stone Age give you five animated videos in one. This brutal and bloody tale plays out through the songs 'I Appear Missing,' 'Kalopsia,' 'Keep Your Eyes Peeled,' 'If I Had a Tale' and 'My God Is the Sun.'
Stone Sour, 'Do Me a Favor'
Stone Sour delivered a visually stunning animated video for 'Do Me a Favor' that looks as though it came right out of a comic book (which makes sense, given that Corey Taylor & Co. released a comic-book series in 2013). The clip finds a man seeking refuge from a demon-filled landscape only to find a more formidable foe waiting for him:
Thirty Seconds to Mars, 'City of Angels'
Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman Jared Leto incorporates a number of Los Angeles denizens, both famous and not so familiar, sharing their tales of trying to make their dreams come true in Tinsel Town. It's a touching love letter to the 'City of Angels':
Voting in the 3rd Annual Loudwire Music Awards closes on Feb. 11 at 10AM ET. Fans can vote once per hour so keep coming back to make sure your favorite rock video wins!