Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #2- Into the Void covered by Monster Magnet

charlie_dont_surfBlack Sabbath’s anti-Vietnam classic tune “Into the Void” has been covered numerous times by many different rock and metal bands, but out of the many that are out there, none seem to not only capture the essence of the song, but also elevate it to a ‘higher’ plane.  Starting out with a low-key drum procession ushering vocalist Dave Wyndorf acting out the part of a paranoid infantryman in the jungles of Vietnam the slow build up of downtuned guitars begin to add a healthy dose of Jacob’s Ladder to the sound as it trips out into a bit of psychedelia.  And then the song proper starts and Monster Magnet simply just own it slipping out here and there to embrace delusions of Charlie round the corner and the Tango sluts dancing in Hell.

While the original is a timeless classic that will never stale, Monster Magnet really went above and beyond the call of duty and injected such a huge amount of color and personality to the tune.  When I listen to the Sabbath version I get imagery of the whole broad picture of Vietnam, but when Monster Magnet jam it out it all becomes much more intense and personal.  I get the picture of a soldier directly in the bush gripping a rifle as he looks at his dead squadmates and is laughing maniacally as he prepares for his last stand vowing to take Charlie down with him, and maybe dreaming of some surfing afterwards.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Monster Magnet Version:

Black Sabbath Version:

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Posted on April 2, 2013, in Matt's Top 25 Cover Songs and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I saw Monster Magnet many times in the early nineties. They were one of the few bands I’ve seen that looked “dangerous”. Dave Wyndorf alternated from looking high to incredibly angry at the crowd. Good stuff.

    • Same on my end, but more towards the mid-late ’90s. Dave is such a charismatic front man and puts on one hell of a show. He just has that rockstar look about him. Being a Jersey boy, it was always nice to catch them at many a home town show. One of my faves was at a record shop called Vintage Vinyl where they did an unplugged set, really cool stuff and great set list.

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