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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #13 – For Whom The Bell Tolls

images moonsorrowI heard a lot about Moonsorrow before I ever took the time to listen to them.  Now, I can see why so many people love their music; they are a great band despite singing the lyrics in their native tongue.  That can be a turn off to some, but does it really matter if you know what they are singing about?  I think not!  Their cover of Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls is a really strong cover.  Moonsorrow definitely made it their own.  While it’s important to retain at least some of the core sound, this version is definitely unique as far as cover songs go.

When I first heard Ride The Lightning, I think this was my initial favorite song and to this day remains one of my favorites on the album and a great song to hear live.

This is the clip live from Sofia, Bulgaria (Big Four), but if you want the original recording look to Ride The Lightning released in 1984.

This is the stellar cover from Moonsorrow off the EP Tulimyrsky.

Favorite cover song #14

Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers

I think most metalheads like a good cover tune. What separates a good cover from a bad one?  Do you like when the cover is basically exactly the same or recreated using  a basic shell of the original song?  For me, it doesn’t really matter as long as it’s good.  I like both kinds of cover tunes.  Some bands lend themselves to being covered more than others.  For example, how many Megadeth covers do you hear out there?  I think there are a few, but not enough to stack a CD full of Megadeth covers.  Is that because Mustaine’s vocals are too hard to recreate?   Is it because the guitar work is too hard for the average guitarist?  You hardly ever hear bands cover Anthrax or Opeth.  I have yet to hear a band cover Blitz’s unique vocals in Overkill.   I am sure there are rough and edgy recordings on YouTube out there, but for the most part they are very rare.

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