Watch Dave Mustaine, Ozzy Osbourne, James Hetfield and more reimagined as stunning Balenciaga models in this strangely creepy AI vid

Rockstars as Balenciaga models
(Image credit: Bradley Hall TikTok)

Over recent weeks, a peculiar phenomenon has taken hold of a strange corner of The Internet. Back in April, a content creator called @demonflyingfox uploaded an AI-generated video onto YouTube which showcased Harry Potter characters as  beautiful yet somewhat menacing models, the type that would usually be hired by high-fashion brand Balenciaga. 

After shortly hitting the viral stratosphere, amassing over 7 million views, the clip sparked a startling trend which saw other characters from various franchises  receive a similar AI-generated treatment, courtesy of programmes such as  ChatGPT, Midjourney, ElevenLabs, and D-ID.

So far, we've seen shows such as Breaking Bad, Family Guy, Star Wars and The Lord Of The Rings go under the digital knife. Now, we've even seen a clip displaying Balenciaga-fied rockstars, made by internet axe-slinger Bradley Hall, and it's seriously given us the creeps.

Kicking off the video is a beautifully flame-haired 'Dave Mustaine', who mutters "peace sells but who's buying? Not me, I'm buying Balenciaga" between a pair of ultra-pouty, taut lips. Although the Megadeth frontman deep-fake certainly looks enchanting, he doesn't really look all that much different to his younger self. 

Elsewhere, we see Black Sabbath's 'Tony Iommi', dripping in jewels, smouldering like a fairy-tale king from another world. 

There's also a strangely inaccurate depiction of Metallica's Lars Ulrich, who looks more like a character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show, with very little hair on his head. 

Our favourite of the lot, though, has to be the 'Ozzy Osbourne' model, who, while styled in a florescent, yellow, bejewelled jacket and top-hat, with eyes hollowed out in charcoal eyeshadow, declares in a swaggering tone: "Forget the Crazy Train, I'm boarding the first train to fashion city, next stop Balenciaga, baby!".

At the end, 'James Hetfield' appears in a futuristic metal suit, and says: "Nothing else matters, except for my extensive collection of Balenciaga apparel. Yeah yeah!". While we're pretty certain that Metallica's Nothing Else Matters wasn't about the frontman's love of high-fashion, it's hilarious all the same.

Check it out below:


♬ original sound - Bradley Hall
Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music.