American Grim – Freakshow: A Video Breakdown

Freaks! That’s what they call us!

Nu-metal is back, ya’ll! I know We’ve touched on the resurgence of the genre before, but it’s always felt kind of half-hearted. It was more of a “this music is generic, bland, and will definitely not stand the test of time.” That’s all still very true, but it those bands and songs didn’t quite have that classic nu-metal taste. There are some newer bands out there fully embracing all the absurdities of nu-metal like Amerikan Overdose and today’s band American Grim.

Recently signed to eOne Music, the home of such bands as High on Fire, Black Label Society, Crowbar, Fit For An Autopsy, American Grim have given a big ol’ bear hug to nu-metal and it’s in-your-face “shock rock” foibles. Don’t believe? Check out this promo photo. Fuck, these guys are so crazy they’re about to explode, nawwhatimsayindawg? I’ll bet they go out on school nights. Still need convincing? Well, check out the video for their title track “Freakshow”.

0:04: Oops, we accidentally walked in on a power electronics show.
0:11: Marilyn Manson is fixing to sue someone right about now.
0:15: It might be a little late, but don’t watch this video if you suffer from epilepsy.
0:20: I always wondered what happened to Destro.
0:26: When in doubt or lack of plot, use some mirror images.
0:33: Parents from 1998 are going to be really mad about this song.
0:38: Why didn’t anyone say that Dennis from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia was fronting this band?
0:50: I wonder if he uses the D.E.N.N.I.S. system.
0:57: Someone call the police. A group of men are mugging for the camera.
1:01: M’lady.
1:08: Oh, I see. This video is from the not-too-distant future when the EPA is dismantled.
1:14: Now I know why Ringling Brothers is closing.
1:21: The Tattoo The Earth tour is chomping at the bit to book these guys.
1:28: They’re going to get in a bidding war with the Family Values tour.
1:33: All of those pills get Trump to “semi-normal”.
1:36: The Purge: Mid-Term Election Year.
1:47: Throw on some fuzzy neon boots and this can be a goth underpass rave.
1:55: It’s still better than the movie Freakshow.
2:06: I think we need a nicer, politer version of this band. We can call them Canadian Grim.
2:13: Their first song can be called “Sorryshow”.
2:18: Hey, don’t look at me. Blame your parents for putting you in this video.
2:24: If there’s one thing American monsters love, it’s skateboarding.
2:35: Here’s a bunch of Dennis quotes just for funsies.
2:41: No one tell Michael Angelo Batio about this double-guitar action.
2:52: The loud music, flashing lights, and groups of people I don’t want to be around really reminds me of walking past a Spencer’s Gifts.
3:00: That’s why you don’t get the Grand Mac.
3:04: No, I have no idea why the band is green.
3:10: Maybe they just really like the Hulk.
3:17: Or maybe the Hulk just really likes them, if you know what I mean.

American Grim’s new album Freakshow is out on February 24th via eOne Music.

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Published on: February 20, 2017

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  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Awful, just awful. Have some LD 50 instead.

    • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico

      Vocals and lyrics ruined this band. Aside from them shifting to radio rock/metal in 2005.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Vox and lyrics don’t bother me on the first album. It’s their desire to fit in with the generic radio nu metal crowd – which already started from their second album on – which ruined them.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        This band’s continued existence ruined this band.

        • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico

          Yep. Vocalist aside, a band of their skills and talents is wasted making forgettable radio songs. Supposedly their drummer makes weird, ambient kinda darkwave stuff under a moniker.

    • Sid Vicious Promos

      I regret clicking it. I’d rather hear the Doyle album Abominator over this.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        I just listened to 30 seconds of that Abominator thing and blood was beginning to leak from my ears.

        • Sid Vicious Promos

          I’m amazed Doyle fell so low. It’s a really bad album and this is coming from a huge fan of the Jerry Only led Misfits. I hope the new one is good though as I want him to succeed. If it’s good enough I’ll be seeing them at the venue near me the day after my birthday.

          • Black Smallbeard

            i think its because he is a vegan

            tho he is pretty damn swole

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            He is. He actually was in WCW with the Misfits when Graves was there. They feuded with a guy named Dr. Death and his manager Oklahoma which was an offensive parody of Jim Ross.

          • Black Smallbeard

            you lost me

          • Sid Vicious Promos

            Basically the Misifts were in a wrestling promotion back in 1999. Jerry Only actually had a match with a guy named Steve Williams aka Dr. Death. Oklahoma was an offensive parody of a wrestling announcer named Jim Ross which made fun of his commentary and he made fun of the fact he had Bell’s Palsy. This makes as much sense as the reason why the album existed.

  • Dumpster Lung

    Definitely regret watching that lol.

    It’s like they want the image/attitude of nu-metal (arguably the worst part), but instead of trying to rip off Korn they were shooting for like I dunno, Seether or something. I can’t decide if that’s better or worse haha.

    • CyberneticOrganism

      It’s the worst of both worlds.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Definitely worse. As awful as Korn got after their debut, they still had an easily recognizable sound. Seether’s music always sounded like a bunch of Godsmack leftovers with a few shitty Creed buttock-ballads thrown in for good measure.

      • CyberneticOrganism

        Modern rock radio is the grease trap dumpster of music.

        • GL


          As a kid, the restaurant I worked at was next to a dairy farm with lots of cats. Those poor things would get into the grease dumpster all time. They never had a chance.

          R.I.P Grease Trap Dumpster Kitty Cats From Teh Dairy Farm

          • CyberneticOrganism

            RIP greasy milk cats

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        And that being said, Korn’s first album rules! COME AT ME HATERS!!!

  • pneumonoultramicroscopicsilico

    That’s not what a snare drum is supposed to sound like.

  • Howard Dean
  • Señor Jefe El Rosa

    Why is nu metal coming back? It was terrible before, why??

    • Count_Breznak

      It’s not really nu anymore, either.

  • Why numetal still exists? 🙁 This world is bad.