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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #19- No Quarter coverd by Tool


Salival+ToolEven though I partake in herbal relaxation from time to time, my days of being a stoner are behind me.  But while I left most of the lifestyle that came with the stigma behind, my love of the psychedelic music I loved to listen to while under the influence has never gone away.  I still find that the trippy music is able to completely able to engage me and send my mind into that nice transcendental place I enjoy so much.  Simply put, it’s great music to relax to.

One of my favorite tracks to zone out to has always been Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter”.  The wintery atmosphere, shifting moods, the colorful tones, and the thought provoking lyrics all add up to make this particular tunes one of Zeppelin’s best.  As far as my interpretation of the song, it deals with the British during the American Revolution.  When settlers refused a British soldier a place to stay and food to eat the settler was shown no quarter, which is also a way of saying no mercy.  This was a tactic used by the British to try to force their way into a position of power through fear.  But I feel that the song goes deeper than that, acting more as a commentary on the fear mongering primarily found in religion and politics.  And with a deeper meaning pointing to questioning religion and politics, what better band than one that is consistently asking their listeners to dig deep below the borderline and open up their minds and question everything.

Being a band that rarely ever does cover material, Tool completely rock “No Quarter”‘s socks off.  Retaining that psychedelic feel of the original, even making it more trippy, they add a layer of heaviness that increases the depth of the song ten-fold.  What really gets me about this cover is how much more fitting I feel Tool’s approach to the music compliments the lyrical themes.  Even more frozen and saddened than the original they really give the feeling a British soldier must have refused room and board.  And when the heavy kicks in it better personifies his rage.  The trippy sections serve to convey the fact that the protagonist is not of sound mind when looking to execute ‘no quarter’.  All in all, this is one of the few covers of majorly influential songs that I find I enjoy much better than the already excellent original.  Enjoy!!  Peace Love and Metal!!!

“No Quarter”

Close the door, put out the light.
You know they won’t be home tonight.
The snow falls hard and don’t you know?
The winds of Thor are blowing cold.
They’re wearing steel that’s bright and true
They carry news that must get through.

They choose the path where no-one goes.

They hold no quarter.

Walking side by side with death, The devil mocks their every step
The snow drives back the foot that’s slow, The dogs of doom are howling more
They carry news that must get through, To build a dream for me and you

They choose the path where no-one goes.

They hold no quarter. They ask no quarter.
The pain, the pain without quarter.
They ask no quarter.
The dogs of doom are howling more!

Tool Version:

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Cover songs are a great way for a band to show tribute to their favorite artists, and move out of their comfort zone and have some fun with their music without having to compromise the integrity of their core material.  Here’s a list of some covers done by metal bands that step out of what the bands core sound and cover something that is a little different for them, some of the covers are “metalized” some hone the spirit of the original, but in the end, they’re all pretty damn good covers.  And if you dig the cover version, check out the original, more times than not it’s a great song.  If you know some more unlikely covers let us know in the comments and let us know what your favorite were. Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal

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