Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #25- Snowblind covered by S.O.A.D.
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Well, 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:
Original Black Sabbath Version