Mammal’s Merry Memories: TWO Halos of Flies
Posted by ChristopherMammal
Since I am modest, humble and objective, I shall state that Killer, released in 1971, was far and away Alice Cooper’s best album, and a track from that album, “Halo of Flies”, is a gazillion times better than anything else he sang.
In the same long breath, I shall state emphatically that Meliah Rage’s version of “Halo of Flies” towers loftily above any other covers of the song. While remaining remarkably true to the original, it gave the song a power/thrash punch that made it a top-bracket piece of metal for the 21st century.
Cooper was a great-granddaddy of glam rock. He built a controversial and highly successful stage persona. I loved a lot of his earlier music and he deserved all that he achieved. One should never lose sight of the fact, however, that the impact of his music owed a huge amount to the backing — especially those relentless guitars.
Meliah Rage are also veterans. They started about three decades ago. Their “Halo of Flies” was a bonus track on their 2004 album, Barely Human. Like the title of the album on which it originally appeared 33 years earlier, their cover is a killer.
About ChristopherMammalI've made it to Mammal. I still hope to be classified as Human one day. Meanwhile I have evolved enough to recognise different types of music as well as the shrieks of certain vervet monkeys who are known for their scurrilous behaviour in the proximity of unguarded bananas.
Posted on June 1, 2014, in Mammal's Merry Memories and tagged Alice Cooper, Classic Rock, glam rock, Halo of Flies, Mammal's Merry Memories, Meliah Rage, power thrash metal. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.