Monster in a Box: A Heavy Metal Music Video

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A look at the making of the music video for Monster in a Box, a song by the American heavy metal band Mastodon.


In order to set the tone for this video, it is important to understand the history and culture of heavy metal music. Metal music is often aggressive, loud, and chaotic, with distorted guitars and lyrics that deal with dark subject matter. It has its roots in blues-rock and psychedelic rock, as well as in the hard rock that was popular in the 1970s. Heavy metal developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, with bands like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin creating a signature sound that would be influential for decades to come.

In the 1980s, metal music became more commercialized with the hair metal bands that dominated MTV. These bands, while still retaining some of the heavier elements of metal, added elements of glam rock to create a more polished sound. This era of metal would eventually give way to the grunge movement of the early 1990s, which rejected the excesses of hair metal in favor of a more stripped-down sound.

Despite this upheaval, heavy metal has remained popular throughout the years, with new subgenres and styles constantly emerging. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in older styles of metal, as well as a renewed appreciation for the underground scenes that have always supported this music.

This video will take a look at some of the different types of heavy metal that have emerged over the years, as well as some of the key bands and albums that have shaped this genre.

The making of the music video

The music video for “Monster in a Box” by the heavy metal band Slayer was filmed in Los Angeles, California, in June 1992. It was directed by Wayne Isham, who had previously directed videos for Metallica, Bon Jovi and Def Leppard.

The video features the band performing in a dungeon-like setting, with lead singer/bassist Tom Araya wearing a crown and chainmail. The video also features clips of monsters from horror films such as “Frankenstein” (1931), “Dracula” (1931), “The Mummy” (1932) and “The Wolf Man” (1941).

“Monster in a Box” was released as the third single from Slayer’s fifth studio album, “Seasons in the Abyss”, which was released on October 9, 1990. The single peaked at number 45 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

The meaning of the music video

The meaning of the music video for “Monster in a Box” by the band Spinal Tap is open to interpretation. The video features the band members in a dark room, surrounded by boxes. It is unclear what is inside the boxes, but it is suggested that they may be monsters. The band members appear to be frightened of the monsters, and they try to escape from the room. However, they are unsuccessful and are forced to face their fears.

The video could be interpreted as a metaphor for facing your fears. The band members are faced with something that scares them, but they have to confront it head on. The video could also be interpreted as a commentary on the music industry. The band is trapped in a room full of monsters, which could represent the dangerous and cutthroat nature of the business. Whatever the interpretation, “Monster in a Box” is a visually stunning and thought-provoking music video that is sure to leave an impression on viewers.

The reaction to the music video

The reaction to the music video was quite positive. Many people found it to be amusing and well executed. However, some criticized it for its use of violence and gore.


Overall, “Monster in a Box” is a solid music video that will appeal to fans of heavy metal music. The visuals are well done and the song is catchy and upbeat. The only downside is that the video is relatively short, clocking in at just under four minutes.

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