Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #20 – Disposable Heroes
Posted by Reggie
Metallica has a unique distinction when it comes to cover songs. First, they do great cover songs and second, their own music makes for great cover songs by other bands. This isn’t the last time you will see some version of Metallica or their music on this short list of favorite cover songs. Chimaira, part of the new wave of American heavy metal, covered the classic Disposable Heroes for the Kerrang Metallica Tribute Album. This is another cover that holds the line barely straying much from the original.
Disposable Heroes is one of many war-themed Metallica songs. The lyrics are the thoughts of a soldier…
Bodies fill the fields I see, hungry heroes end / No one to play soldier now, no one to pretend / Running blind through killing fields, bred to kill them all / Victim of what said should be / A servant `til I fall…
There is also a second voice in the lyrics; that of the commanding individual (officer or sergeant)…
Back to the front / You will do what I say, when I say / Back to the front / You will die when I say, you must die / Back to the front / You coward / You servant / You blind man
Being a military man myself, these lyrics are not far-fetched.
I believe cover songs should be done one of two ways…either redo the whole thing and make it your own, or copy it as close to the original just adding a little kick to it. Chimaira chose option #2 and did a great job.
On another note, Master of Puppets, is THEE album that got me into the metal I know and love today. The song Master of Puppets was featured as my #2 favorite song of all time on 2012’s Top 100 list.
Here is the cover by Chimaira which can be found on the Kerrang Metallica Tribute album.
Here is the original song which is on the 1986 album, Master of Puppets.