Chris Holmes’ “Let It Roar” Leads Our List Of Awesomely Terrible Heavy Metal Videos

“It’s a fine line between stupid and clever.”

No declaration has better nailed the perilous edge strutted by heavy metal than that perfect nugget from the 1984 cinematic masterpiece, This is Spinal Tap.

With its devils and darkness, leather and lust, and makeup and fire and blood, heavy metal courts cheesiness with every down-tuned power chord, wailing vocal, and solo break. Naturally, the genre has teetered over into campy overkill most often via music videos.

Just this past weekend, “Let It Roar,” a terribly great/greatly terrible music video by former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes, kept the tradition alive by going viral. Here now is a salute to Holmes’s unexpected Internet rebirth, along with a collection of other heavy metal music videos so utterly bad, they’re awesome—totally awesome.

1. Chris Holmes – “Let It Roar” (2014)

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