The Best Heavy Metal Rock Music Videos

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A list of the best heavy metal rock music videos that are sure to get your head banging. From classics like Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” to newer hits like Avenged Sevenfold’s “Nightmare”, these videos will have you headbanging in no time.

Best Rock Videos

If you’re looking for the best heavy metal rock music videos, you’ve come to the right place. In this article, we’ll be discussing the top 10 rock videos of all time. These videos are sure to get your adrenaline pumping and have you headbanging in no time.

“Paranoid” – Black Sabbath

Released in September 1970, “Paranoid” was Black Sabbath’s second studio album and it went on to become one of the band’s most commercially successful releases, with sales of over four million copies in the United States alone. The album includes the hits “Iron Man” and “Paranoid”, which are both among the band’s most popular songs.

The music video for “Paranoid” was directed by Masaki Matsumura and filmed in black and white. It features the band performing the song in a studio, with Ozzy Osbourne on lead vocals and Tony Iommi on guitar. The video was released in November 1970 and received heavy rotation on MTV in the early 1980s.

Black Sabbath is considered to be one of the pioneers of heavy metal music and their influence can still be heard in today’s metal bands. If you’re a fan of heavy metal, then you need to check out this classic rock video.

“Ace of Spades” – Motorhead

“Ace of Spades” is a song by English rock band Motorhead, released in 1980 as a single and the title track to the album Ace of Spades. The song topped the UK Singles Chart in 1980, and was a top 10 hit in several other countries. It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2010. In 2009, it was named the greatest guitar riff of all time by Total Guitar magazine.

The music video for “Ace of Spades” was directed by Terence Digby and nominated for the Grammy Award for Best short form Music Video in 1981. The video features the band playing cards before their performance, with Lemmy dealt an ace of spades. As they begin to play, footage of Lemmy is intercut with shots of the band playing. Throughout the video, money and cards are shown floating around Lemmy. At the end of the video, stacks of cash and gold fall on Lemmy as he laughs maniacally.

“Crazy Train” – Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” music video is the best heavy metal rock video ever made. The video features Ozzy running around a haunted house while being chased by ghosts. The video is also intercut with footage of Ozzy performing with his band. The video is upsetting, hilarious, and metal as hell.

“Breaking the Law” – Judas Priest

The British heavy metal band Judas Priest released their seventeenth studio album, Painkiller, in September 1990. The album’s first single, “Breaking the Law”, was accompanied by a music video that quickly became a fan-favorite.

The video opens with the band’s guitarist, Glenn Tipton, driving a car erratically through the streets of London. As he drives, he is pursued by police cars and helicopters. The rest of the band is seen playing in a warehouse as the police close in on Tipton. Eventually, Tipton is captured by the police and taken into custody.

The video was directed by Jim Gable and shot in black and white. It received heavy rotation on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball and helped to propel the album to commercial success.

Best Metal Videos

All time favorite metal videos, these are must-sees. If you are a fan of the genre, or just appreciate skillful musicianship, then do yourself a favor and watch these videos. From the early days of metal to the modern era, these videos show the power and appeal of metal music.

“Battery” – Metallica

Metallica’s “Battery” is one of the best metal videos ever made. The video is set in a post-apocalyptic world where the only survivors are in a dystopian city. The video features live action footage of the band performing the song, as well as animations of the band members fighting each other. The video is also notable for its use of CGI effects.

“The Trooper” – Iron Maiden

Released in 1983, “The Trooper” is a song by the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. It is widely considered to be one of their best and most popular songs, and has been voted as such in several reader polls. The song is based on the Battle of Balaclava during the Crimean War, and its lyrics tell the story of a British cavalryman who charges into battle despite being wounded. The song has been performed live by the band countless times, and its iconic opening riff is instantly recognizable to fans of heavy metal music.

“Raining Blood” – Slayer

Slayer’s “Raining Blood” is one of the best metal videos of all time. The video features the band playing in a dark room with red lights and rain falling from the ceiling. The video is intercut with footage of people being killed in various ways, including being decapitated by a guillotine. “Raining Blood” is a great example of how a metal video can be both visually stunning and extremely violent.

“War Ensemble” – Slayer

Released in 1990, “War Ensemble” was the lead single from Slayer’s fourth studio album, Seasons in the Abyss. The song is one of the band’s most popular, and its music video is considered one of the best metal videos of all time.

The video was directed by Wayne Isham, who would go on to direct videos for a number of other metal bands, including Metallica, Megadeth, and Pantera. It features live footage of Slayer performing the song intercut with scenes ofwar footage from various conflicts throughout history.

The video was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, but lost to Metallica’s “One”.

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