Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #25- Snowblind covered by S.O.A.D.

snowblind-1Well, I guess you can now see we have become a bit list obsessed here at A Metal State of Mind 😉  Now we are going to drop our top 25 lists of our favorite cover songs.  You will see 2 a week from both me and Reggie for a total of 4 a week, so enjoy!

And to kick off my list I chose System of a Down’s excellent cover of the almighty Black Sabbath’s, “Snowblind” off the album Vol. 4.  What I love about SOAD’s cover is first off, they injected their unique style into the song, and second the big increase in tempo matches the songs subject of cocaine much better.  Not saying that Sabbath’s mid paced masterpiece isn’t great, but, if you have ever done or know about the effects of cocaine, there is no other speed other than ludicrous speed, that stuff will make you go plaid (and it’s really bad for you and you should never try it #lifelessons).

The first time I heard this song was at a SOAD concert (Snocore festival in Asbury Park, NJ, with Mr. Bungle and Incubus); it blew me away live and was a totally unexpected song for them to cover.  Right after that show I hunted around for the tune to no avail (mind you, the internet and stuff like Youtube weren’t in full swing in 1998).  Luckily, a couple of years later the excellent Black Sabbath cover album Nativity In Black II (great disk and includes acts like Megadeth, Machine Head, Pantera, Slayer, and Soulfly) was released and had the SOAD cover on it.  That album is well worth hunting down and I can assure you this won’t be the last you will be hearing about it on this list.  Soooo, Enjoy the cover and original!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

Audio after the jump:

SOAD Version

Original Black Sabbath Version

Next Cover Song Entry (#24)>>

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Posted on January 10, 2013, in Matt's Top 25 Cover Songs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. They really made it their own song! That makes it’s easier for me – usually prefering the original – to appreciate that it sounds great. I never knew that S.O.A.D. covered Black Sabbath.
    Snowblind is definitely one of my alltime Sabbath faves. So no cover version could top the original, but this one is well done.

  2. Great song, covered by another great band. System have this brilliant ability to make things really kooky and strange without it becoming too un-accessible.
    That’s where bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan fall short for me. It’s just too out of the zone for me and becomes very hard to listen to.
    Credit to SOAD and Black Sabbath! Can’t wait for the new Sabbath album!

  3. Great cover. I don’t know much about SOAD, but I do know they have a knack for creativity, so I can see how they make this their own. My knowledge of Black Sabbath isn’t where it should be, but from the clips you posted, they definitely did the song justice.

  4. Could not respect you more for this choice!! Amazing! Now Im looking forward to this list even more. Actually this is the first System song I ever heard. You can imagine my surprise when I purchased the self- titled album shortly after. I’m actually thinking of starting a Ranked project featuring the band on my blog.

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