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".


Steven said...

Deicide doing Deep Purple? Never would've occurred to me...

More worthy Priest covers:
Devin Townsend - 'Sinner'
Devin - 'Exciter'
Vader - 'Rapid Fire'
Nevermore - 'Love Bites'

Dimmu Borgir doing Accept's "Metal Heart' is probably cooler than any of their original material. Cradle of Filth doing 'Hell Awaits' definitely is cooler than any of their originals.

Crowbar's version of 'Remember Tomorrow.' Absolutely stellar.

RyGar said...

Sepultura, "Orgasmatron" (Motörhead)

Crankenstien said...

Deceased- do a billion awesome covers
i prefer their version of Black Metal over the original.