Theme Thursday-Unlikely Covers
Posted by RiffRaff
Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material. Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers. And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song. If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal
Anthrax-Got the Time
Anthrax turns this Joe Jackson song into punky and thrashy goodness. I especially love the bass work in this track.
Austrian Death Machine-Gotta Go
This is one of my all time favorite covers. Arnold Schwarzenegger themed thrash metal band Austrian Death Machine takes the classic Agnostic Front hardcore punk song and just hits a hilarious home run with it. If you are a fan of thrash metal and the Terminator this will have your sides splitting.
Ensiferum-Lady in Black
Here Finnish epic folk metal band Ensiferum takes Uriah Heep’s epic classic song “Lady in Black” and multiplies the epic by an uncountable measure.
Faith no More-Easy+This Guys in Love With You
Mike Patton lends his legendary voice to this impeccable cover of The Commodores classic “Easy”. After hearing this cover I can’t ever listen to the original without adding the “euggh” that FNM adds in just before the solo.
When I think of my all time favorite vocalists Mike Patton is the first that comes to mind. This Burt Bacharach/Herb Alpert cover really showcases how powerful and unique his voice is.
Blind Guardian-Mr. Sandman+Surfin’ USA
Never in my life would I imagine The Chordettes “Mr. Sandman” being played in metal. Blind Guardian weaves their magic and does a truly terrifying rendition of it, Hansi’s voice fits this song perfectly.
Add some distortion, shredding, and double bass to the Beach Boys classic “Surfin’ USA” you got yourself one hell of an awesome metal song.
Demons & Wizards-White Room
Supergroup Demons & Wizards comprised Blind Guardian’s Hansi Kursch and Iced Earth’s Jon Schaffer take the Cream’s prog blues rock classic “White Room” and metal it all up with great effects.
Helloween-Lay All Your Love On Me+White Room
If there’s one band that just grates on my nerves to no end it would be ABBA, but by some hellish magic Helloween are able to not just make ABBA listenable, but also pretty damn bad ass.
Cream’s “White Room” seems to be a pretty big pick for metal bands to cover. Helloween do a great job with it making it stand out from the other versions of it floating around.
Tool takes Led Zepplin’s “No Quarter” an already trippy song and transforms it into a mind trip only like Tool could do.
Disco and metal, quite the opposites, but somehow Turisas makes the disco classic “Rasputin” by Boney M. work magic with their unique brand of epic battle folk metal. No metal song makes me want to dance quite like this one.
FolkStone-Vanità Di Vanità
If you don’t live in Italy you most likely never heard metal band FolkStone nor the Angelo Branduardi song “Vanità Di Vanità” (“Vanity of Vanity), I’m here to change that. FolkStone does a terrific job metalling up this Italian folk classic.
Machine Head-Message in a Bottle
Machine Head are no strangers to cover songs and their most unlikely cover they’ve done also happens to be their best. They take The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” and just run with it and creating a cover that surpasses the quality of the original by spades, Machine Head have officially made this song their own.
Here’s another one out of left field, Slayer slaying Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida”. Pretty cool imo.
Type-O-Negetive-Summer Breeze+Cinnamon Girl
Type-O take the breezy Seals & Crofts classic and gloriously goth it all up.
and they do the same with one of Neal Young’s best songs “Cinnamon Girl”
Between The Buried and Me-Bicycle Race+Change
On this you can tell the boys of BTBAM had a blast recording one of Queen’s best songs. Tommy Rodgers does Freddy Mercury justice with his performance even if he can’t hit those high notes he still adds tons of personality to the song.
Taking a break for lead vocalist duties Tommy Rodgers lets guitarist Paul Waggoner take the mic on this great cover of Blind Melon’s “Change”.
Shadow’s Fall-Welcome to the Machine
Shadow’s Fall take Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine” and put their spin on it making it sound like a song that was made to be metal from the beginning.
Children of Bodom-Lookin’ Out My Back Door+Just Dropped In
It’s no mystery that my favorite film character and zen guru of all time is Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski and whenever I hear this song by Creedence Clearwater Revival I can’t help put think of the Dude. COB score bonus points for doing an excellent metal cover of this song.
..and they score even more bonus points for covering yet another song that refers to the Dude and the Kenny Rodgers original is one of my all time favorite songs.
Dillenger Escape Plan w/Mike Patton-Come to Daddy
For their 4 song EP tech metal band Dillenger Escape Plan teamed up with legendary vocalist Mike Patton, on that EP they transcribed hardcore electronic band Aphex Twin’s to traditional metal instruments and captured the terrifying experience of the original.
What started out as the band doing drunken karaoke led to Amon Amarth brutalizing System of a Down’s hit “Aeriels”. I fully approve of the outcome of this drunken experiment.
Entombed-21st Century Schizoid Man
Entombed take this long classic King Crimson song and add their twist to it. I especially like how Lars Göran Petrov’s harsh scratchy vocals work on this song.
Moonsorrow-For Whom the Bell Tolls
While both Metallica and Moonsorrow are both in the realm of metal, they are extremely different in their style. This is a terrific reworking of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
Deftones-No Ordinary Love+Simple Man
Of all the artists to be covered soft pop singer Sade would have been the last I would have thought be done by a metal band, here’s Deftones covering “No Ordinary Love”
Deftones do a great cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s classic “Simple Man” accentuating it with Chino Moreno’s ethereal vocals to put a different spin on it.
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Posted on June 9, 2011, in Theme Thursday and tagged ABBA, Agnostic Front, amon amarth, Angelo Branduardi, Anthrax, Aphex Twin, Austrian Death Machine, Between the Buried and Me, Blind Guardian, Blind Melon, Boney M, Burt Bacharach, children of bodom, Covers, Cream, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Deftones, Demons & Wizards, Dillenger Escape Plan, Ensiferum, Entombed, Faith No More, Folkstone, Heavy Metal, Helloween, Iron Butterfly, Joe Jackson, Kenny Rodgers, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Machine Head, metal, Metallilca, Mike Patton, Moonsorrow, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, Queen, Rock, Sade, Seals & Crofts, shadows fall, Slayer, System of a Down, The Beach Boys, The Chordettes, The Commedores, The Police, Tool, Turisas, Type-O-Negetive, Uriah Heep. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.