Every month, Decibel scribe Shane Mehling reviews the four videos that appear in the monthly metal mag. under “Decibel’s Clips of the Month at Metal Injection.” This month, watch picks from Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm, KEN Mode, and a classic clip from King Diamond.
Toxic Holocaust – “Acid Fuzz”
This may sound like hyperbole, but no—every music video should be like this. It’s just a bunch of crazy-amazing animations that are a true delight to watch. How crazy-amazing? Oh, just a skull-shaped mushroom cloud, Jesus being incinerated by a fire-breathing dragon, suicide bomber astronauts blowing up the gates of Heaven and a pig-cop being killed, cut up and snorted by the fucking Devil. And that is just a taste, ladies and germs. Actually, I want to change my initial statement: This should be 90 percent of all public broadcasting.
Kataklysm – “Elevate”
Okay, we start with a flower wilting and building crumbling. So far, so good. Now there’s the grim reaper, more buildings falling, sharpened bloody teeth and, all right, some sort of toxin is traumatizing people and… is that guy singing from a rocking chair? Huh. That was unexpected. Oh, but now everyone’s turning into zombies because they’re still doing the zombie thing and, oh no, the zombies have gotten the band! Now they’re still playing the song, but are all zombies, and a little kid turns into an old man in a rocking chair, who then dies. Wow, even for a metal video, this barely makes sense.
KEN Mode – “Counter Culture Complex”
KEN Mode really know how to shatter those Canadian stereotypes, setting up their gear on frozen tundra. Anyway, this is kind of a black metal/’70s horror movie thing where three ladies set free a demon, and then it hunts them down with its giant, cursed papier-mâché hands. Or so the description hinted at. It gets a little fuzzy right at the end and somewhere up towards the beginning, but they’re running and it’s scary, and at one point they fire flaming arrows into the air, and the band’s around the whole time playing music without gloves, hats or a single scarf. Goddamn maniacs.
CLASSIC CLIP: King Diamond – “The Family Ghost”
Okay, now we’re talking: two King Diamonds. But while one of them is your usual falsetto frontman, the other is a literal king? I guess? He’s, like, eating a chicken leg and sitting on a throne and has slightly different makeup. So yeah, he’s there and people are performing for him and he just hates all of it. Spinning fire tricks? Boo. Juggler? Get the fuck out of here with that shit. What’s a loyal court to do? Naturally, both guitar players get in the ring and rip out killer solos, much to his delight. I assume they were gonna have King Diamond then perform for King Diamond, but some physicists stepped in and talked them out of it.
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