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Reggie and Matt’s All Time Favorite Cover Songs: #1 Hallowed Be Thy Name covered by Machine Head


Astral-Body-2When we started our “best of” lists a while back, we never showed each other what our favorites were before we posted them.  It wasn’t intentional nor was it a secret…it just ended up that we didn’t share our lists with anyone until it was time to post.  Matt’s list of favorite albums and cover tunes was as much of a surprise to me as I am sure mine was to him.  Despite being interested in many of the same bands, our musical tastes vary even though we are both huge fans of metal and everything under that umbrella.  For the first time, we have actually picked the same favorite #1 on any of our lists.  A few weeks ago, we both noticed that neither one of us posted this special cover that we both know each other likes a lot.  Low and behold, it’s because it’s sitting at number one.  -Reggie

Our thoughts after the jump.

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Matt’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs: #4 Message in a Bottle covered by Machine Head


stingIf there is one band I really can’t stand, it’s The Police (though I will say Stewart Copeland is a sick drummer).  Sting’s vocals I find beyond annoying and the amount that they rip-off Bob Marley riffs is staggering, but all to many popular bands with bad vocals and c/p-ed riffs to verbatim exist and they don’t annoy me as much as The Police.  What really irks me about the band is underneath all of the crap I can’t stand, exist some wonderfully well written songs that have massive potential if only the obscuring rust were to be scraped away.  So in turn, when a band does a cover of a Police song, I usually end up enjoying it immensely, cause ya know, good songwriting and all.  Which brings me to my #4 favorite cover song, “Message in a Bottle”.

Robb Flynn and Co. simply just rock this song hard.  Doing away with all the fluff, Machine Head bring “Message in a Bottle” to its core and the impact the song has is infinitely more powerful and meaningful.  A song about desperation and need of help just doesn’t work with an upbeat light rock feel, but when you metal it up some the whole of the tune hits like a well-directed punch to the gut.  I particularly enjoy that dreamy echo on the low-key guitars in the intro and how well the song just explodes into an outburst of emotion when the pre-chorus hits.  Some damn fine cover work.  Check it out!  Enjoy!! Peace Love and Metal!!!!

Machine Head Version:

Original Police Version:

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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #6 – Message In A Bottle


Message-in-a-BottleThis isn’t the first or the last cover from Machine Head on this list of favorite covers.  Message in a Bottle was originally recorded by The Police in 1979 and can be found on their album Regatta de Blanc.  Though not a huge commercial success in the States, it was a number one hit in the UK.  As a child I found it difficult to get into music from The Police, but as an adult I have a much deeper appreciation for them.  This song has been covered numerous times by all styles of artists, but the one found on an album called The Burning Red is the one I am talking about today.

Machine Head has developed a knack for making great cover songs.  Despite the greatness of this particular cover, it comes off the most criticized album of Machine Head’s career which also happened to be their biggest selling album at the time.  Due to a number of factors, including their style shift, Machine Head was released from their label after their next album, Supercharger.  Needless to say, they came back from that full-force!  Message in a Bottle is a great cover song in which Machine Head certainly injects their spin on a classic song.

Here is the 1999 version found on the album, The Burning Red.

Here is the original recording by The Police.

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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Reggie’s Top 25 Favorite Cover Songs #16 – The Sentinel


05313Judas_Pries1984Judas Priest’s 1984 album Defenders of the Faith has some cool songs, to include Eat Me Alive which was on the PMRC’s list of wicked bad (for you) songs.   How silly and fearful people were back then of glorious metal!  Where is the PMRC today?  Bueller…Bueller…Bueller?  Though that song isn’t the subject of one of my favorite cover songs, The Sentinel is.  You can find it on Machine Head’s awesome album Unto The Locust (2012 deluxe version).  Machine Head, in my opinion, has strung together some seriously quality cover songs (hint for another appearance much later on my list).

Those riffs at the beginning of the song belong on a (best of) riff list.  Machine Head recorded a spot on cover of the Judas Priest classic.

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Reggie’s (Plantera7’s) Favorite Videos of 2012


FilmAfter looking at my top 10 favorite videos of the year, I can imagine I missed out on so many cool videos.  Since seeking out videos on YouTube is pretty much my only avenue for visually stimulating music, I miss out on quite a bit due to lack of time.  If the could only be extended a couple more hours…

The other best avenue for checking out cool videos is through you readers, bloggers, and friends on facebook or other blog sites and I thank you for opening my eyes each year to so many awesome bands.   Below is a list of videos I thought were cool enough to make my top 10 for 2012.  I will keep my commentary short and let the videos do the talking because that’s what they are supposed to do.  And if you watch these videos and understand the meaning behind the music, then the video served its purpose.  I do have one exception and I will explain that one when I get to it at #5.

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #15-11


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, we have finally breached the top 20.  From here on out, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list except for one or two that are relatively new (to me) compared to the rest.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us close to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #25-21


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Reggie’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time #35-31


As we journey down the path to my number 1 favorite album of all time, you will likely see more and more classic metal albums appearing on the list.  Many of these albums have been my favorites for decades while some are relatively new….only came into my life in the last couple of years.  This all-time list is an ongoing effort started by our friends at The History of Metal page on facebook.  Each day we list another album until we get to the end which should take us just up to the end of the year.  Below is my next list of five as we near our way to #1.  Enjoy!

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Matt’s Top 100 Favorite Albums of All Time: #60-#56


Over on my favorite forum for rambling about metal, The History of Metal (it’s an open Facebook forum, so anyone, meaning you, can join and flap your jaw about metal with a wide variety of metalheads from all over the world), the admin made a challenge to all the members to create their top 100 albums of all time. Loving making lists I’m all on this. Between the ~1500 albums I have there is a lot to filter through and this has turned into quite a daunting, yet fun, challenge. This list will represent where I am with my favorite albums right now, if I were to do this last year or next year, while being similar, I’m sure there would be lots of differences. My only self-imposed limitation on this is I’m confining each band 3 albums in the list to avoid entire, very large, discographies over saturating it. Every 5 days or so I’ll make a post with the next 5 entries into the list. Fellow bloggers, I extend this challenge to you (and be sure to let me know where and when you’ll be posting it, I’d love to read it), and for readers without a blog join up with THOM and post yours there! Enjoy!!! Peace Love and Metal!!!

#60 Tales from the Punchbowl by Primus

I still remember the day that I bought this record. Me and my family were taking a road trip to Florida to go to Disney and Tales… release happened to be one of the days we were all on the road. I kept having my dad take a random exit here and there in hopes that there would be a record store close by so I could grab my precious new Primus album and make the long hours of the drive pass by more quickly. After 2 days on the road we finally found a random record store and I got my Primus fix.

At first I didn’t know what to think of Tales… I wouldn’t call it a departure from Primus’ earlier work as all that bass heavy quirkiness is there. That dark atmosphere from Pork Soda also carried over, but initially I had mixed feeling about this album. It was just weird, for Primus standards that’s quite a feat. As time went on and I kept listening it really started to grow on me. The dark, psychedelic songs really started to click and before long it was getting regular rotation. The fun songs like “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver” and “De Anza Jig” were always a blast to listen to, but tracks like “Mrs. Blaileen” and “Glass Sandwich” really made an impression on me with an atmosphere unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. And then there’s the Pink Floyd-ish “Southbound Pachyderm” and the insanity drenched “Over the Electric Grapevine”, two of the best songs Primus has ever written.

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