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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #9- Witch Hunt covered by Machine Head

witch-hunts-22149-20120730-503When I grabbed my copy of Unto the Locust one big surprise other than how absolutely solid the album is was the fact that their choice of cover song bonus tracks included a Rush cover.  In case you didn’t know, Rush is one of my Top 1% favorite bands and Machine Head have a pretty damn good track record of making some fine covers, so naturally I was really excited to hear the Machine Head rendition of the kick ass tune “Witch Hunt” off of Rush’s landmark album Moving Pictures.  Needless to say I was really impressed with the metal version of the synth heavy song.

Robb Flynn’s vocals work great with the song and somehow make the song sound more ominous and the guitar tone chosen really gives the tune a nice extra metal punch and a cool doom metal feel.  I also love how all the synth sections are translated into the 2nd guitar parts and Adam Duce’s awesome work replicating Geddy Lee’s bass lines staying true to the original yet adding a heavy metal attitude to the low-end.  Check the songs out and let us know what you thought.  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

Machine Head Version:

Original Rush Version:

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Video of the Week – Double Dip

Since Machine Head’s new album, Unto The Locust (extended edition) will have two cover songs, I want to honor those bands for whom Machine Head is covering.  Since MH did an excellent job covering The Police (Message in a Bottle) and Iron Maiden (Hallowed be thy Name), I am excited to hear new cover tunes of Rush (Witch Hunt) and Judas Priest (The Sentinel).  Here is a double shot of Rush and Judas Priest for this week’s Video of the Week – Double Dip.  I hope you had a great week.