Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Above: This is pretty metal.
Remember when we used to write about METAL here on IC? I sure do.
Let's do that again today. Specifically, I'd like to talk about heavy metal cover songs.
I'm not talking about shitty non-metal artists covering good metal bands or even shitty metal bands covering classic rock or pop songs. Shit, even good metal bands covering shitty songs can be pretty depressing. I'm talking about GOOD METAL bands covering GOOD METAL songs. It's not as common as you might think.
Here are a half dozen of my favorites.
Vondur covering Judas Priest's "Rocka Rolla":
While we're on the subject, how 'bout Death covering Judas Priest's "Painkiller"?:
Covering Slayer is a slippery slope for metal bands, akin to when frat-rockers cover Beatles songs. Some bands do it rather well, though:
Pig Destroyer covering The Melvins' "Oven". The album version is better but we'll give 'em a pass since they're playing at Gilman in this video:
Deicide covering Deep Purple's "Black Night" (yes, DP counts as "metal"):
And finally, Emperor covering Bathory's "A Fine Day To Die":
Can anyone else think of one?
My guess is "yes".