Tuesday Six – 4/9/2013

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Covers! I have always loved when metal bands do a cover every now and then, and we can get their take on a song we know and love. This week I decided to pick 6 cover songs I think are pretty awesome. I could have made a Tuesday 200 with all the great cover songs out there – these are just a few. What did I leave off? What cover songs do you love?

 

Metallica – The Wait

You can’t have a feature about rock/metal covers without including Metallica. They are the masters of the cover song, taking a cool song and making it their own while doing justice to the original. Many may never have even heard of bands like Diamond Head or Budgie if Metallica hadn’t introduced us to songs like “Am I Evil?” or “Breadfan”. I have always loved their cover of Killing Joke’s “The Wait”. Fantastic version of the song. In 7th grade back in 1987, Garage Days Re-Revisited was my introduction to Metallica, and this song was my introduction to Killing Joke. The original version is a great song as well, and Metallica truly did it justice.

 

Fu Manchu – Moving in Stereo
The goddess-like image of Phoebe Cates arising like a Venus from the water and removing her bikini to the sounds of The Cars is burned into many a man’s brain and become one of the most memorable scenes from the ’80s classic film Fast Times at Ridgemont High. California stoner rockers Fu Manchu took this classic, gave it some fuzzed out heaviness and a huge pair of balls for the updated version of this classic song. With this version, you could imagine a hot tattooed beauty arising from the water.

 

Dimmu Borgir – Burn in Hell
’80s rockers Twisted Sister may be best known for their hits “We’re Not Gonna Take It” and “I Wanna Rock”, but their catalog has some pretty damn heavy stuff in it. Case in point: “Burn in Hell”. Much in the same vein of Pentagram’s “Review Your Choices”, Dee and the boys warn us of the fiery fate that awaits after the wrong choices in life. Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir crank up the evil on this cover, and Vortex’s haunting clean vocals cut through like a knife on the chorus.
**BONUS VIDEO**
Who can forget Twisted Sister’s big screen debut, where the filming of the music video for “Burn in Hell” gets interrupted by Pee-Wee Herman’s bicycle chase in Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure? Fine moments in cinema!

 

Amon Amarth – Aerials
The thunder gods of Viking metal from Sweden covering one of my favorite System of a Down songs? Yes, please. I have always thought “Aerials” was such a beautifully written song; it has always moved me. The Amon Amarth version may not have that same passion, but the power of their version makes up for it. Hearing Johan Hegg brutally belting out lyrics like “Aerials in the sky, when you lose small mind you free your life.” Awesome.

 

Mastodon – Just Got Paid
Mastodon absolutely crushes this classic ZZ Top song. Brent Hinds’ vocals pay a perfect homage to this great song, and Mastodon truly keeps the swagger and coolness of the original. One of the greatest ZZ riffs ever. Period.
**BONUS VIDEO**
On Record Store Day 2011, a yellow vinyl 45 was released with Mastodon’s version on one side and ZZ Top’s on the other. Some genius posted on YouTube the 45, played at 33 RPM, creating a perfect stoner/sludge version of the song. Excellence!

 

Sepultura – Symptom of the Universe
With so many amazing Sabbath covers out there by bands like Pantera, C.O.C., and many more, picking one Sabbath cover was a tough one to choose. The two Nativity in Black albums has some really great stuff on them, but this one has always stood out. This is the classic lineup of Sepultura, doing it their way. Fast, insanely heavy, and you can just picture Animal from the Muppet Show going nuts when Igor hits the frantic fills between the chorus and the verse.
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