Sunday, November 8, 2009

Cover Songs Pt. 2: Metal on Metal

Part 2 in the Cover Songs series features metal bands covering other metal bands. These can be grouped in three categories: good, bad, and ugly. Sometimes bands take classic songs and make them their own. Other times, something is missing. Still others, no one knows what in the hell the band was thinking.

Cradle of Filth: Hallowed be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
I actually really enjoy this version. The band created their own spin on it and it turned out relatively well.

Dark Tranquillity: My Friend of Misery (Metallica)
I actually prefer this version to the Metallica version. Something about the death metal vocals makes it sound better.

Death: Painkiller (Judas Priest)
Amazingly good cover. Chuck Schuldiner's vocals are the main difference, but he comes close to approximating Halford's howls.

Dew-Scented: Metal Militia (Metallica)
The death/thrash band does a reasonable job at sounding like Metallica, but retaining their own sound.

Dragonlord: Emerald (Thin Lizzy)
The most amazing part are the trade-off guitar solos at the end. Not bad at all.

Faith No More: War Pigs (Black Sabbath)
Another band that was able to capture the spirit of the song, yet make it their own. An amazing job, particularly with the bass lines.

Graveworm: Fear of the Dark (Iron Maiden)
A seriously beautiful rendition of the classic Maiden track. Featuring violin parts during the first verse.

Megadeth: Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Megadeth speeds things up and gives it a new spin. Pretty good.

Metallica: Mercyful Fate (Mercyful Fate)
A medley of songs off MF's first full length. Pretty good, considering this is newer Metallica covering it, and not when the band was really good.

Metallica: Blitzkrieg (Blitzkrieg)
Metallica owned this song. Fantastic job early in the band's career.

Pantera: Planet Caravan (Black Sabbath)
Pantera went way out of their comfort zone. Perhaps the song sounded too much like the original, but it was a great track.

Sepultura: Orgasmatron (Motorhead)
Sepultura is perhaps more well-known for this song than Motorhead. That tells you something.

Swallow the Sun: Solitude (Candlemass)
Swallow the Sun captures the spirit of the original, it's doomy atmosphere and effectively adds their death metal styled vocals to it.

Type O Negative: Black Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
Type O Negative made this song terrifying.

Cannibal Corpse: The Exorcist (Possessed)
I will give them a little credit, they make it their own. By and large though, it's not a very good cover.

Dark Tranquillity: 22 Acacia Ave. (Iron Maiden)
I don't understand this choice at all.

Exhumed: Trapped Under Ice (Metallica)
Somewhere, the band completely misses an entire verse.

Grave: Them Bones (Alice in Chains)
I don't know, the band kind of misses the point of the song, it's too aggressive.

Kalmah: Skin O' My Teeth (Megadeth)
I don't understand where this one went wrong, it just sounds bad.

Krisiun: Sweet Revenge (Motorhead)
Please, no more death metal covers of Motorhead songs.

Amon Amarth: Sabbath, Bloody Sabbath (Black Sabbath)
This one is pretty awful. Mostly because of the shitty production, but this song doesn't sound close to the original, and a death metal band probably should not be covering Black Sabbath anyway. They do not do any justice to the song, and it is a terrible sound.

Coffins: Warhead (Venom)
Venom is a band well-known for their speed. Coffins is pretty much exactly the opposite. Do the math.

Dimmu Borgir: Burn in Hell (Twisted Sister)
Seriously? What the hell?

Headhunter: 18 and Life (Skid Row)
I had high hopes for this. Headhunter completely botched it.

Katalepsy: Symphony of Destruction (Megadeth)
Yes, a slam cover of a melodic thrash classic. It really is as fucked up as that description makes it sound.

Testament: Sails of Charon (Scorpions)
Awful, awful try at this song that's not even a particularly well-known Scorpions song. This was during the band's death metal stage.

Type O Negative: Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Somehow, Type O stretched this two and a half minute song to over five minutes. Crazy.

Vital Remains: Disciples of Hell (Yngwie Malmsteen)

1 comment:

  1. Good piece. I like that Dimmu cover of Burn in Hell. Maybe just because the OG was in Pee Wee's Big Adventure. That's right, I went there..