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 At the Gates, Megadeth, Sólstafir and a classic clip from Sepultura
At the Gates – “The Night Eternal”
At the Gates have not had a good track record with videos off the new record, and this is already starting to worry me. In fact, I can use plenty of the same lines from my review of “Heroes & Tombs.” I can say stuff like, “maybe it’s about ancient aliens” and “by the way it’s a cartoon” and even “there’s snow.” Maybe these are just the outtakes from that last video. Maybe this is actually what bloopers look like on some cold, distant celestial body far beyond our earthly realm. And if that’s true, their bloopers fucking suck.
Megadeth – “The Threat Is Real”
Another cartoon, but this one was approved by Dave Mustaine? And there is a cartoon Dave Mustaine? Come to me… Okay, so, dystopian future, Vic Rattlehead as a sentient hero saving Megadeth from prison (wait for it). Then he falls in love! After that, he kills like 30 people, and the woman-type thing he loves is murdered, and we’re left with a cliffhanger for some reason. Now, I’m not gonna speak to the quality of the narrative here, but in a world where fan fiction has gone off the rails, I still never thought I’d live to see the day where people are trying to get Vic Rattlehead laid.
Sólstafir – “Midaftann”
This is probably the most beautifully shot video I’ve ever reviewed, and so far it’s only a guy on a beach with a big-ass umbrella. Oh, hold up—it’s a flag. And, of course, nothing happens. But when it comes to videos where nothing happens except a guy walking around with a flag, it’s incredibly satisfying to watch, just because it’s so goddamn gorgeous. I don’t know what else you want me to say. Sorry I genuinely enjoyed something.
CLASSIC CLIP: Sepultura – “Arise”
But of course, this I also absolutely love. There is nothing in this video that isn’t cool—from the T-shirts to the fire to the instruments to the way they fucking thrash their asses off in a desert. But crucified people wearing gas masks? Holy fuck, that is still some of the most killer imagery that has ever been in a video. This should be etched onto a golden plate and shot into space. Maybe that At the Gates planet will find it and start doing shit that rules.
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