4.Fear Factory Original song by Rockin´ Around the Christmas Tree. With the cheesy ways musicians dressed to their over-serious attitudes, there’s too much to keep track of. Your email address will not be published. “Holy Diver” by Dio “Land of Confusion” by Genesis The fast, anti-authoritarian message and sped up sense of political angst, rage is why Slayer chose to cover this song, and it fits well in both lyrics and music. “Summer Breeze” by Seals and Crofts This cover was groovy enough to dance to, while still retaining an underlying sense of metallic sounds and wavelengths. This LA-based band started out from the underground metal scene in Southern California at the time, and became mega superstars, as they came up in a decade ruled by Ozzfests, and mainstream radio airplay, with the hit album, Toxicity, 2000. This cover immediately jumps out at you with the heaviness and sharp guitar riffs, evoking the original. If you like Black Sabbath and a greasy burger, Mac Sabbath have everything you’re looking for. This beautifully crafted song originally from 1972, is remade by Type O Negative, and has an invigorating and macabre passionate vibe, that Peter Steele’s vampiric vocals truly convey. Although the guys in the band have been busy recently creating original tunes under the name Freaks Like Me and even have an album dropping in the March on Pavement/Sony, they’ve confirmed … “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez 11.Machine Head 12.Sepultura “School’s Out” by Alice Cooper 9.DEATH “Hallowed Be Thy Name” by Iron Maiden 2.Judas Priest But there’s a ton of bands who take the hilarity to a whole other level. From 1972, this classic iconic song became the anthem for students all over the world celebrating summer vacation or graduation. But, this emotional and intense cover of the classic song by country singer Tammy Wynette along with the late singer Wendy O Williams highlights the talent and musicianship by both singers. Whether you dig Ms. Spears hit pop song, this is an interesting take on what a cover song means. The musical vibe is slighty heavy and sounds like ’90s nu metal of the time. From tribute bands dedicated to Breaking Bad, McDonald’s or Star Wars, there’s a shocking amount who pay homage to absurd themes. 15.Cradle of Filth Napalm Death decided to pay homage to these Bay Area punk legends and take their own stance against Nazis and racists. Lemmy Kilmister(RIP) was such a talented lyricist, vocalist, bass player and song writer that he wrote many songs, both music and lyrics for some of the greats in hard rock and heavy metal. In this impressive track from 2002, lead singer Dani Filth wails his way through this classic Iron Maiden epic, and the sounds are parallel, with just a bit more evil sounding nuances. Here are 20 of our favorite cover songs, done by heavy metal bands. The track was the prefect hybrid of machine like synths and sounds from the ’80s and the heavy approach that Fear Factory is known for. 1.Metallica [ Metal Shop Dallas is the greatest 80s hair metal rock band ever to be called the greatest 80s hair metal rock band. Power metal is easily the corniest subgenre in metal, and Powerglove do a great job of bringing that energy to video game-themed music. Misfats are a big-bodied Misfits tribute band who bring a fattening food take to the iconic horror-punk act with such songs as “Hungry Moments” and “Don’t Open That Mayonnaise.”. “Shock the Monkey” by Peter Gabriel Heisenberg bring the blue-meth slinging stories of Walter White to life through crushing breakdowns, blast beats and swamp-monster vocals in a tightly written way. Taking two of the world’s biggest bands, Metallica and the Beatles, and mashing them sounds like a recipe for disaster. The result, a renewed interest in shock rock from the present past and future. Not only did some of the greatest rock musicians of all times begin their musical careers by playing someone else’s tunes, many bands have hit it big by playing covers. It as released on the band’s 1999 album, Chamber Music, before they broke up. Metal has always been a ridiculous genre dating back to its beginnings. The vocals were more aggressive and harsh than the original version, but the song clearly shows why so many heavy metal bands were influenced by the great Motorhead. “Abolish Government” by TSOL Deemed a “Nedal band,” Okilly Dokilly are a pure laugh with their metal songs dedicated to The Simpsons character Ned Flanders. But adding to its epic proportions, Killswitch Engage do it justice with the powerful and intense vocal performance of former singer Howard Jones, which adds depth and soul, making the song perfect tribute and Eulogy to the fallen, legendary heavy metal singer. Truly innovative, even if you’re not a fan. This is the most successful cover of all of heavy metal. They bring the dark side of the force and music together with heavy covers of classic songs from the film franchise and sport incredibly detailed costumes to boot. 7.Slayer Bee Gees are about as far away from metal as you can get, but Tragedy challenge that idea by giving the band’s music a heavy retouch. “Stand By Your Man” by Tammy Wynette In some instances, Judas Priest have performed the song live in a more acoustic setting, paying homage to Baez’s song. Good old Uncle Al and his band always bring the psychotic mix of industrial mechanical metal, and this interpretation is heavier and a bit darker but just as rocking and soulful as the original. 13.Killswith Engage Almost two decades later, our favorite mutant band of head banging aliens decided to show a similar love for rebellion by reinterpreting the song for a new audience. View Music Watch Videos Johnny Mark – Rockin´ Around the Christmas Tree (metal cover by Leo Moracchioli) Leo Moracchioli covers Johnny Mark in the style of metal. 5.Type O Negative The dinosaur-themed band built a world of lore around the various characters in the band and have sold thousands of records while introducing heavy metal to a legion of youth in a way that’s more relatable to children than serious metal bands. Disturbed’s cover brings flair and sense of fun, hope and urgency that is sometimes forgotten among heavier bands. Breaking Bad was a pretty dark show, so it’s fitting that a slam death-metal band were created in tribute to it. “TNT” by ACDC British extreme metal band Cradle of Filth display the perfect way to show the deep impact of classic old school metal’s sound in the extreme metal world, of thrash death and black metal. Do you remember when Demi Lovato played Warped Tour? Technically, Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine aren’t a metal band, but many of their covers are of metal songs. Coal Chamber took a darker approach to this classic Pete Gabriel tune from 1982. This is a humorous speed metal tune, which covered a song made famous by so many musicians including the the Ramones and even Peter Griffin from Family Guy. “Oops I Did It Again” by Britney Spears Whether you]love or hate this nu metal band, there’s no denying that any band who covers the iconic song ‘Land of Confusion’ by Genesis is worth a listen. But Beatallica balance them fantastically. LA-based industrial metal titans Fear Factory released this cover of the 1979 song by Gary Numan, and got a lot of radio airplay and critical acclaim. The McDonald’s and Black Sabbath tribute band have some awesome costumes of the company’s iconic kids’ meal characters, and their burger-worshipping twist on metal’s original band is a riot to see live. The song has been immortalized, and Metallica is preserving the legacy of “Am I Evil” to this day with the occasional live performance, and with the special and extraordinary jam session live on stage, at the Monumental Big Four concert, featuring Megadeth, Anthrax, Slayer and Metallica. “Roadhouse Blues” by the Doors Tragedy presents: Bang Out of Order - Live From the Black Country recorded live in England, March 6 2020. 19.Six Feet Under Bringing together metal, disco and glitter, Tragedy are a novelty who take themselves seriously with impressive musicianship that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face. Full Concert Video (program contains flashing lights which may Hevisaurus are like a Finnish kids’ version of GWAR. 8.Children of Bodom Despite a cease-and-desist order from Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Ulrich helped the band get back to creating music through his industry connections. 10.Lemmy Kilmister and Wendy O Williams Check out some of the most surprising metal tribute bands below. 17.System of a Down German thrash metal pioneers Sodom created a cover of thee 1963 hit song Surfin’ Bird, by the band Trashmen. Nervana (Tribute to Nirvana) Headed up by Irish singer Jon O’Connor, Nirvana tribute band Nervana has gained a reputation and honorable mentions on various countdowns of tribute bands and acts. Metal has always been a ridiculous genre, but there’s a ton of bands who take the hilarity to a whole other level. Enter Sandman - Liliac (Official Cover Music Video) - YouTube Judas Priest. Leo Metal Covers Leo covers a wide variety music genres in his songs and makes it into his own metal version. If you’ve ever watched Star Wars and thought it needed some metal mixed in, Galactic Empire are the band for you. OK so this is an odd one, and COB should get some points for being extra creative and thinking outside of the box. But the point of a cover song is to either pay tribute and respect to the artist you’re covering while also giving it different interpretation and make it unique. This extreme metal version is a fast number guaranteed to induce head banging. 3.GWAR Orange County's Leading Source Of News, Culture And Entertainment. The band create lounge music versions of classic songs, including ones from System Of A Down, Slipknot, Disturbed and more. With vocalist Serj Tankian’s talent and unmistakable voice, this song is given a haunting new interpretation that fans of the ’80s hit and fans of hard rock will enjoy. The band tear through thrashing versions of classic video game soundtracks, and their live show has been known to see the band busting out various props and tossing candy into the crowd. The case is no different when it comes to heavy metal. If ACDC were a death metal band, you can imagine it might sound like this. They even got Lars Ulrich’s seal of approval. Required fields are marked *. In this cover tune, a legendary death metal band remakes an iconic early metal band, with so much success and intensity. Everyone loves bands that play cover songs. The song is now a recognized heavy metal anthem that will live on as an emblem of the music and its culture. “Message in a Bottle” by The Police 10 canceled Hulu shows that should be picked up again, These cannabis strains would go great with these 10 music genres, Here’s what led to BMTH and BABYMETAL’s heavy collab “Kingslayer”, This moment at Warped Tour led to YUNGBLUD’s powerful song “mars”, Johnny Depp’s ‘Fantastic Beasts’ replacement sparks wave of reactions, Yes, you can really own a Christmas bear that sings this Metro Station hit. 20.Disturbed Ever since there have been bands, there have been other bands, who come after and cover them live and on record. This cover is a real life example of when shock rock pays tribute to shock rock. Rob Flynn and company delivered a song that had rhythm, harmonies melodies and still kept a level of aggressiveness that took talent and creativity to create. The speed, fury and attitude of the song were captured by the velocity of the drums and range of the guitar riffs. The premise for this band is pretty simple but incredibly fun for any old-school punk fan. Admittedly, it is kind of silly given the evil cookie monster grunting death metal vocals of throat shredder Chris Barnes. Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine. Using more speed and heaviness, the late guitarist mastermind behind the music of DEATH, Chuck Schuldiner’s talent as a guitarist shies through on this mesmerizing cover of one of Judas Priest’s classic songs. Creativity and thinking outside of the box is what make’s a cover great, and even bring more excitement back to the original song. For roughly a decade, Juliet Simms and Andy Biersack have dominated as the sweethearts of our corner of the music community, sharing an undeniable connection not only as artists but as soulmates. In this cover, Slayer gave fans the perfect way to show how in some ways, ’80s hardcore punk was at least partially responsible for the band’s thrash metal legacy. Disturbed’s version of the 1986 hit is catchy and reminiscent of the original; vocalist David Draiman actually sounds like how Phil Collins would sound like if he were in a heavy metal band. “Am I Evil” by Diamond Head “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Baez. “Surfin’ Bird” by The Trashmen “Cars” by Gary Numan 16.Sodom One of heavy metal’s earliest, and most important bands covered a rock song, and took their version to become bigger than the original to some metal heads. It is dark, and full of passion, love doom and gloom, everything Type O Negative stood for. Your email address will not be published. This fast, angry and pulsating cover of is originally performed by the Dead Kennedys as an overt attack against racists. This ACDC classic song is given a new life with a death metal make over. With Judas Priest, the level of musicianship is at a top notch level, and the 1974 song by Baez releases the band’s ability to deliver a beautifully written song and give it another level of complexity. Metallica’s cover of the classic Diamond Head song eventually made the original band’s version more famous than it would have been otherwise. But deep down you gotta give Six Feet Under, and Barnes credit for not giving a fuck what people think and going against the grain with his collection of cover songs, in their album Graveyard Classics, from 2000. “Orgasmatron” by Motorhead “Riding on the Metro” by Berlin This cover is from 1981 and the LA based ’80s New Wave band Berlin. There is no denying that lead singer Rob Halford is a metal God. Fans of the UK grind core band love it, as this song has become a staple of Napalm Death’s live set and rabid fans in the pit always go apeshit. This is a fun, classic, ripping and demented version of the Doors song. “Pain Killer” by Judas Priest Metal Shop Dallas features Michael Diamond on lead vocals, Ritchee Ratchett on lead guitar, Ginger Roxxx on lead bass, and Crash Gordon on lead drums. One of heavy metal’s earliest, and most important … Heisenberg (Breaking Bad-themed band) Breaking Bad was a pretty dark show, so it’s fitting that a … 18.Coal Chamber featuring Ozzy Check out this cover tribute to one of the loudest bands on the planet by these Brazilian heavy metal masters in 1991. All of the band members dress up in his classic green sweater and pink dress shirt with that iconic moustache while shredding through some tunes. 14.Napalm Death But the kicker, is Ozy’s truly one of a kind vocals which bring this song all together and make it memorable to listeners. “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” by Dead Kennedys This cover was released in 1999, and is a thunderous version of the classic song by the Police. 6.Ministry Jim Morrison would be proud at what Ministry produced.
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