Theme Thursday – Metallica Covers
Posted by Reggie
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.
Other bands lend themselves to being covered all the time: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Rush, Motorhead, and the subject of today’s theme Metallica. If you want to, you could burn entire individual CDs based on cover songs from all the bands I just mentioned…good cover songs too, some of the best out there. Of the bands listed, Metallica is the newest and to this day bands out there around the world like to cover their music.
Below are some mirror image covers of metallica tunes and some others that I thought were very well done.
First off, there was an entire tribute CD of Master of Puppets for which there were numerous really good covers. It would be too easy to feature this entire tribute album, but I will not do that. I think two that really stood out were of Trivium and another band to be named later. I think Trivium covering Master of Puppets, in particular, was one of the reasons they get picked on as being Metallica copycats. I thought they did a bang up job with this cover.
I don’t get into Disturbed much, but this is a cool cover of Fade to Black. Too bad the filming or loading of the video got cut short.
I appreciated Korn much more in their early days. I never saw them live, but I imagine them to be quite heavy in a live setting. This is a shortened version of One for which Korn owned!
Apocalytpica certainly puts their own spin on their cover tunes. The early version of Master of Puppets featured only cellos, but the newer version introduces drums into the mix. I happened to see this (newer) version live a couple of years ago and it was quite entertaining listening to this music and hearing the crowd sing the lyrics.
This is the other band from the Kerrang tribute album that I thought was incredibly well done for a mirror image cover song. This is Chimaira covering one of the best songs on the tribute album, IMO, Disposable Heroes.
Bullet For My Valentine was also part of that Kerrang tribute for Welcome Home (Sanitarium), but also like to pull off Metallica covers at their shows. Here is a good one of Creeping Death.
My blog partner would probably reach out to England and strangle me for not profiling one of his favorite bands, Moonsorrow. Well, just so happens they took For Whom The Bell Tolls and injected it with Finnish Folk metal and did an amazing job with it. Hear it for yourself.
Ok, now I think he will strangle me for putting one of his least favorite bands here. Does Nickelback gain any cool points for their short version of Sad But True?
Here is another example of a band taking a song and putting their own spin on it. Cannibal Corpse is just doing what they do best with No Remorse. Also, a cool video edit to go along with it. I need to see these guys live!
And this one is just for fun…
And lastly, R.I.P Dimebag
I think that about covers it for now…just trying to bring you a cool and diverse grouping of Metallica covers. I think it’s obvious how many of our new and old bands today look up to Metallica…or perhaps they just find their music easy to play, or they know a crowd will like it. Whatever the reason, Metallica is one of those bands likely to get covered along with Maiden, Priest, Rush, Motorhead, and many others. I hope you enjoyed this theme of the week and if you know of other cool Metallica covers, by all means share it in the comments box.
About ReggieJust a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!
Posted on October 18, 2012, in Theme Thursday and tagged Acapella, Apocalyptica, Bullet for my Valentine, Cannibal Corpse, Chimaira, Creeping Death, Disposable Heroes, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Korn, master of puppets, Metallica, Metallica Covers, Moonsorrow, Nickelback, One, Pantera, Seek and Destroy, Trivium. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.