This music video by Avenged Sevenfold entitled “Bat Country” is inspired by Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a film that was previously mentioned. Avenged Sevenfold attempts to depict a distorted image of the road and the American dream. The road here is dark and surreal; it seems like the edges of reality are being blurred. In a sense, that is parallel to what the American dream has become: somewhat of a dream, not quite reality.
The band members themselves are a distortion of the American youth: kids who grew up angry and rebelled to become rock stars. In fact, the lead singer’s t-shirt depicts a mutated Mickey Mouse. I don’t think this is a coincidence; there is definitely a statement being made about the skepticism surrounding the American dream in today’s youth.
Finally, the other characters in the video provide commentary on American society as a whole. There are girls dressed scantily, rolling all over each other as the musicians play. This is probably meant to portray the supposed breaking-down of morals that has been occurring over the past decades.
Avenged Sevenfold takes the icon of the road and twists it to portray a mutation of the American dream. Is this video a hypothetical dream or our reality?