Metallica - Compare 2 videos

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Year 10 Textual Analysis Coursework

Compare the debut (or a very early) music video of a long-running and successful band, with a recently released video. The two videos must be at least 10 years apart.

Both the videos that I have chosen are from Metallica’s DVD titled ‘The Videos, 1984 – 2004.’ Metallica are a heavy metal band and are now icons of the genre. Their earlier albums had made them legends, but in their most recent album, St. Anger (2003), their image had changed completely. They changed their genre from heavy metal to a more hard rock band.

Video 1: ENTER SANDMAN (1991)

The plot of the music video directly relates to the theme of the song and combines shots of the band playing with images of a child having nightmares. The video has a dark and gloomy mood; matching the song, and there is a constant fear of something popping out and scaring you. The narrative suits the sludgy music and James Hetfield’s twisted lullaby lyrics. The lyrics are malicious and the song even includes a small prayer from the child. While the child is praying, the ‘Sandman’ is watching the child.

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In the first scene, a child is seen sleeping on his bed in his bedroom. Using lightning effects, the ‘Sandman’, fades in gradually into a close up shot. The lighting gets dimmer as the song progresses. The video keep changing shots from the band playing the song, to the kid having a nightmare.

In the shots of the band playing, the band all have long and messy hair which they use to head bang; they act very aggressive and powerful. There are a lot of close up shots on the vocalist, but low angled shots on the guitaring. The singer ...

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