8 Music Videos from 2017 Totally Worth Checking Out

2017 is halfway though folks. I can’t believe it. In the time we’ve spent being mad about the 2016 election, your favorite, and not-so-favorite bands, have been busy making music videos. I’m jazzed. I am! I am jazzed that music videos are back again. Bands are taking their time and effort and placing it into the all but not-forgotten format is really cool. After all, where do you expect to see these videos? Long-dead are the days we flop down and turn to MTV to see what was new in music land. To find these videos, we have to actively seek them. So, the fact that they’re even being made is so fantastic. Check out this list of offerings from within the last year to see what you’ve been missing!

AFI – “Aurelia”

Published on Jan 30, 2017

AFI has taken a chapter out of the Dexter handbook to bring you a boiled down and raw video for their single “Aurelia”. It really is a great song – catchy, well-produced, and emotionally charismatic – which is pretty much AFI‘s shtick. The video is, well, boring if you don’t like staring at faces. But, I don’t care. It’s AFI, and they’ve earned a video where we get to stare at them and appreciate the song. I like it well enough, if for no other reason the intimacy of it.

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At The Drive In – “Hostage Stamps”

Published on Apr 3, 2017

At The Drive In is back! Yay! “Hostage Stamps” is weird. Were you really, like honestly really, expecting anything else? Props to being one of, if not the most, interesting video on the list. Actively intriguing, stop-motion “Hostage Stamps” is a nice homage to 3D printing meets Tool. Only, unlike after watching a Tool video, I don’t feel I have to use brain bleach to go to bed and not have nightmares.

Mastodon – “Show Yourself”

Published on Mar 16, 2017

Post-metal (a term I grow to dislike more everyday) front runners Mastodon give us a light-hearted murderous romp for their new track “Show Yourself”. For a band usually laden in impressive and intricate imagery, it’s nice to see them make a video that’s honestly funny for one of their lighter tracks from the new album Emperor of Sand.

The Dead South – “In Hell I’ll be in Good Company”

Published on Oct 8, 2016

Okay, so this one wasn’t from 2017, but it’s close ENOUGH that I added it. I wanted to, because “In Hell I’ll be in Good Company” is catchy, and the video is watchable in a way which surprised even me. I don’t know why, but I wanted to watch these self-proclaimed ‘Canadian modern hillbillies’ snap and dance all over the place. To be fair, their look is inspired by – wait for it – murderous dealings in the south. I’m getting Civil Wars vibes from them that I don’t hate.

Opeth – “Era”

Published on Jan 23, 2017

Listen, I love Opeth. If you’ve followed me at all, you’d know that they are my favorite band and that I will defend them forever and ever. A lot of their fans have branded their new music as “dad rock”, but I still love it. HAVING said that, they’re not known for making good, if any, music videos. I’m happy with what they’ve done here. It’s weird, and check it out if you like post-growl proggy goodness:

Art of Anarcy – “The Madness”

Published on Oct 7, 2016

Another offering that isn’t technically from 2017, this video is something I HAD to include. Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, SCOTT STAPP HAS MADE HIS COMEBACK! The frontman of the Creed battled a negative public image issue, citing that the incidents involved had to do with drug abuse and mental illness of bi-polar. While neither of those subjects are any laughing matter, I am not a Creed fan, to put it lightly. I am afraid that Art of Anarchy falls into some of the same trappings which made me dislike Creed – the appearance of being hard AF, but falling short due to too-pretty sounds. The bands name, Art of Anarchy, conjures images in my mind which don’t align with that of this video.  However, seeing as how the low the bar was for me, I have to admit that I liked this track more than I thought I would. But here it is, for you to decide on!

Royal Thunder – “April Showers”

Published on Feb 28, 2017

Boy howdy, I like this song and the video ain’t bad either. I like this video, particularly the shots of the band playing in an old foundation. The video is super pretty and their sound in this song is 90’s grungy and I kind of love it. And let’s talk vocals, amirite?  Mlny Parsonz, singer and bassit, really rips.

Cradle of Filth – “Heartbreak and Seance”

Published on July 11th, 2017

Fresh of the presses, Cradle of Filth brings us a dramatic, but stripped-down video that feels like a stage play. Which, is really cool considering that Cradle of Filth is known for their over-the-top theatrics, lyrics, metal-stylings… well, over-the-top everything, really. So, for those of you that have never heard of them before, GOOD LUCK and welcome to a quintesential metal band for the ages. For those that are familiar with the bite-sized fun package that is Dani Filth, enjoy, something dramatic and operatic that is a little different for them.

What have I missed that I must see? Lemme know! XOXOXooxoxoxoxxOXOX Tem

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