Metal Video of the Year – 2012 Loudwire Music Awards
Who says the music video is a dead artform? MTV may not show them anymore, but thanks to the Internet, bands can still deliver some stunning clips, as evidenced by the nominees in the Metal Video of the Year category in the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards.
We've got five nominees for this category, and in these videos you'll be exposed to time travel, phallic evisceration, octopus transplants, assault rifles, Jesus Christ's motorcycle-riding twin brother and much more. Check out the nominated videos and be sure to vote in the poll below:
Dethklok, 'I Ejaculate Fire'
Dethklok are metal's most beloved animated band, and in their video for 'I Ejaculate Fire,' a pharaoh receives pleasure from a demon woman, giving the Egyptian leader the power to eviscerate anyone and anything with his naughty bits.
High on Fire, 'Fertile Green'
It's hard to believe that High on Fire made a video as good as this song 'Fertile Green' itself, but the motorcycle riding, time traveling, clairvoyant, stillborn brother of Jesus Christ made it happen with some tripped out imagery to top it off.
Job for a Cowboy, 'Tarnished Gluttony'
This video is legitimately terrifying. If you're easily disturbed by creepy and violent imagery, you may want to skip this one. Otherwise, this incredibly detailed video from Job for a Cowboy offers fascinating subtextual commentary on the nature of man and religion.
Machine Head, 'Darkness Within'
Machine Head's video for 'Darkness Within' may have the best production standards of any metal video released this year. Along with style, the video for 'Darkness Within' contains a full serving of substance.
Pig Destroyer, 'The Diplomat'
High on Fire and Dethklok aren't the only acts to feature time travel in their music video; Pig Destroyer toyed with the concept, as well, for 'The Diplomat.' In this vid, a deranged businessman introduces assault rifles to psychedelic primates, with brilliant results.
Voting for the 2012 Loudwire Music Awards closes on Jan. 15 at 11:59 PM EST. Fans can vote once per hour, so keep coming back to make sure your favorite video wins!