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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