I wouldn’t be surprised if I got some hate mail for this one, but Trivium’s cover of Master of Puppets is my #2 favorite cover song. I think this is one of those bands that has a fine dividing line between love and hate or like and dislike among metal fans. I happen to be on the “like” side and this cover is spot on, if not equal to or better than Metallica’s original version. I think this is the cover that earned them the nickname of Metallica copycats. The original version can be found on Metallica’s Master of Puppets album released in 1986. I don’t think I can say more about that album, as it is my #2 favorite album of all time.
Trivium recorded their cover of the song for Remastered: Master of Puppets Revisited distributed for free by Kerrang! You can find it on the re-release of their album Ascendancy originally released in 2005. That album shot Trivium to new levels and garnered them some serious attention. This is also the point where I first heard of them and enjoyed their music. Since then, they have been the source of contention among metal fans with many views and opinions widely varying. For me, I prefer the album Shogun above all, but still appreciated their most recent work and look forward to something new from them hopefully in the near future.
Here is Trivium performing Master of Puppets live.
Here is Metallica’s epic song also live.
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.
Favorite Cover Song #21
It’s over! Here are my last five in the long journey of my Top 100 Favorite Albums of all time. As much as I look at my list I don’t think I would change anything for some time to come. If you have been following along, you know that a bunch of us at The History of Metal on facebook have been sharing our favorite albums over the course of several months. Some of us are complete while others joined in fairly recently. So, we are all still sharing. If you are new to this, it’s never too late to throw down your favorite albums. Enjoy!
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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Today’s SOTD is “Orion” by Metallica, from their album “Master of Puppets”
I chose this song because of a cover that I recently downloaded by Rodrigo y Gabriela off their self-titled album. They did an excellent job covering the song with two spanish guitars, and it made me like the original even more. If you are looking for a decent cover, check them out.
Have a great day, everyone.
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It’s hard to believe that we are over halfway through November already. Time really flies.
Let’s go slightly old school with Wednesday’s SOTD. What’s great about metal, though, is that old school is still relevant today. No other genre can make the same claim.
Today’s SOTD is “Leper Messiah” by Metallica, from their album “Master of Puppets”.
Great song from my favorite Metallica album.
Have a great day.