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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #14 – Holy Diver

imagesCovering a song originally recorded by Dio is a bold move.  His vocals and his style are unique, but besides that point, Dio is a metal icon (RIP).  So, covering his music should be done with great care.  This is where Killswitch Engage comes in.  I have had a hard time getting into Killswitch Engage over the years.  They have a few bone-crushing songs per CD, but other than that I was never that much into them or thought of them as a great band.  Their cover of Dio’s Holy Diver, however, ranks supreme among the many metal covers out there.

Killswitch Engage made it their own.  Obviously, it is easily recognizable as one of Dio’s great songs which is important when covering a song, but KE took things to a new level by adding their signature style to it.  The song can be found on As Daylight Dies, but was originally recorded for Kerrang’s High Voltage compilation.

Here is the version recorded by Killswitch Engage found on the album As Daylight Dies (2006).

Below is the original recorded by Dio in 1982 from the album Holy Diver.

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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #16- Stargazer covered by Týr

stars_1230_600x450While no one can match Rainbow’s musical masterpiece “Stargazer”, Faroese metal band Týr come pretty damn close.  As with almost all of the covers you will find on this list, the covering band makes sure to inject their own sound and personality into the song and attempt to make it their own while still respecting the source material.  Such is the case with “Stargazer”.  Mixed with the very recognizable Týr guitar tone and vocal style I can picture Mr. Dio smiling in his grave each time this tune is played.

While the original still sounds amazing today and more than holds up, it is also really cool hearing this tune with a fresh coat of paint.  And the heathenistic style of Týr shine a light in a different angle at it.  Anywho, check it out and enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Týr version:

Original Rainbow version:

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Themed Thursday – The Ties That Bind

This week, I am going to explore relationships within heavy metal.  This is about how metal bands are basically tied together like a long list of cousins; some you know and some you don’t.  Each metal band, in its own right, is not very far removed the metal band down the street.  Starting with one of my Top-10 favorite bands, Machine Head, we’ll see how interconnected the metal world is.  Ever heard of 6-degrees to Kevin Bacon?  This is where this Themed Thursday is going.

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Awesome Covertunes

It’s always nice when a band plays tribute to some of their influences.  So I’ve compiled a list of 10 covertunes that are really, really, really wicked good.  Personally, covertunes should be done one of two ways; either cover the song exactly for what how it was intended or completely remake it, but keep it at least recognizable as a tribute song.  Anywhere in the middle is usually blah…

So here is my list of 10 covertunes that bring an older song back to life.

Bullet For My Valentine – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) – Original by Metallica

Faith No More – Easy – Original by The Commodore’s

Five Finger Death Punch – Bad Company – Original by Bad Company

Killswitch Engage – Holy Diver – Original by Dio

Machine Head – Hallowed Be Thy Name – Original by Iron Maiden

Trivium – Master of Puppets – Original by Metallica

Chimaira – Disposable Heroes – Original by Metallica

Hatebreed – Ghost of War – Original by Slayer

The Bronx Casket Company – My Way – Original by Frank Sinatra

DevilDriver – Wasted Years – Original by Iron Maiden

It looks to me like a good pool of songs to cover were originally recorded by either Metallica or Iron Maiden.  There are many more covertunes that could have made this list, but these are the ones that stuck out for me the most.  I could probably easily redo this list with 10 other songs.  You know what, lets extend it out five more songs…here goes.

Susperia – Lack of Comprehension – Original by Death

Machine Head – Message in a Bottle – Original by The Police

Queensryche – Synchronicity II – Original by The Police

Children of Bodom – Hell is for Children – Original by Pat Benetar

Dream Theater – Comfortably Numb – Original by Pink Floyd

If you know more covertunes that deserve special attention please let us know.   I’m going to stop now before I go another five…

Song of the Day – 17 January 2011

Happy Monday all and if you have the day off like me, then happy day off as well.  Today’s song of the day is:

Holy Diver (covered) by Killswitch Engage off the album As Daylight Dies (Special Edition)

This is one of the better covers out there.  Have a great day!