I think that we in metal community love to throw around the term "sellout" as freely and loosely as we possibly can. It is, after all, our civic duty to ensure that all of our favorite metal bands only play music, because they love us and want us to be happy. Not so that they can make a decent living or feed their families. Being referred to as a "sellout" can apply to anything, as long as we feel safe in assuming that the band being paid more, or even at all, is the end result of their actions. Change your musical direction? Sellout. Cut your hair? Sellout. Sign on to a major record label? Sellout. Endorsements? Sellout. Speak out against piracy? Sellout. Charge me over invoice for a t-shirt? You get the picture. I will always boldly criticize bands for compromising their sound, image, or integrity in order to maximize profit. (While simultaneously informing you to turn a blind eye to the advertising on my page.)
As seen in the above Def Leppard video, one such disgrace against the metal gods in the selfish pursuit of livable earnings, is a band having their music featured on major motion picture soundtracks, or writing songs that were "inspired" by the motion picture. Because it's easy to see that on-hiatus screamo kings, Atreyu totally wrote Her Portrait in Black because the movie Underworld: Evolution invoked such strong feelings within them, that they were compelled to write music about it...
The title of the song I would write if I was "inspired" by a movie like Underworld would be something along the lines of "I Just Watched the Gayest Movie Ever". This movie is essentially Matrix Reloaded with faggoth vampires in leather trench coats. So it's Blade? Yes. The kind of people who enjoy movies like this, are the type to use "Dracula" spelled backwards as an online alias, and have deep, emotional attachments to mediocre video games like Symphony of the Night or underwhelming, one-dimensional animes like Hellsing. As far as the video goes, this is pretty typical fare for a movie soundtrack music video. You have some performance shots of a band looking dark and brooding per usual in a spooky place. Then, you just edit in random footage from the movie. Easy money.
The End of Heartache by Killswitch Engage was the flagship tune off the soundtrack for the Resident Evil: Apocalypse movie. Why Hollywood sees it fit to ruin the lives of the entire gaming community with horrendous interpretations of some of our favorite video games, is not really something I want to get into. Resident Evil was probably one of the worst action movies ever produced, and it saw fit to beating its own record of movie-based atrocities with each sequel that followed. The music video for The End of Heartache is pretty much the same fare as Atreyu's, with movie footage mixed in with performance footage, but features such ground-breaking technology as a swooping camera, slow motion capture, CGI, and a black man fronting a metalcore group.
If you didn't think the DVD release for the original Saw movie was worth your hard-earned money, then you must have been oblivious to the free Fear Factory music video that came bundled along with it! Now, a lot of you seem to be under the impression that Fear Factory is a decent band. I beg to differ. The music featured in the above video only enhances my contempt for this sub-par group. Then again, some of you guys approach me about how metal Rammstein is, so I guess if you're considering the music of Fear Factory, you could be doing a lot worse. Anyway, what we're seeing here is a different kind of movie tie-in music video, where some of the band members are half-heartedly acting out stuff that may or may not hold some similarities between what happens to the characters in the movie. Not to give anything away, but I will tell you that Jigsaw was definitely not a stock model.
Probably the most interesting fact about the song "I Disappear" is not just that it's on par with the same monotonous southern-style butt rock Metallica has been releasing since The Black Album, but also, that it wasn't featured on any of Metallica's studio releases. No, this was a song specifically recorded by Metallica for the movie Mission Impossible 2. Now entering Sellout City. Another very interesting fact that you probably didn't know, is that I'm the person flying the plane that's trying to hit Kirk Hammett. I'm sorry about missing, he's a lot smaller than you'd think.
Based on a "making of" documentary aired on MTV last decade, the original idea was just to have them doing the typical movie tie-in video where they would play along with movie footage or in front of a big screen playing scenes from the movie. They opted instead, to act out these random action scenes themselves, and use only minimum footage from the movie. Despite how terrible the song is, I really have to give the band credit for that. Watching Lars Ulrich falling out of a building has always been my dream come true.