Archive | Covers
While this isn’t new, on the day that Suicidal Tendencies release their first album in 13 years, it seemed appropriate. Amanda Palmer, the rock/cabaret performer perhaps best known outside of her sizable underground fan base for raising over $1 million on Kickstarter to find her new solo album (or maybe for her public battle to get dropped from Roadrunner), covered Suicidal Tendencies’s 1983 classic “Institutionalized” last year. Palmer actually does a pretty admirable job of capturing the rambling paranoia of Mike Muir in the original, and her Grand Theft Orchestra adds brass instruments into the mix without sacrificing the feel of the original too much.
[h/t The Laugh Button]
While their former guitarist now plays in Volbeat, Anthrax recruited Shadows Fall’s Jon Donais to fill in for their forthcoming tour plans. And last night (February 21), Donais made his live debut with the band at The Hi-Fi in Brisbane, Australia. The show also saw Anthrax performing with drummer Jon Dette (who is filling in for Charlie Benante, as well as Dave Lombardo in Slayer). Fan-filmed footage of the entire performance has made its way online and can be seen above.
Meanwhile, a stream of another track from Anthrax’s forthcoming covers EP, Anthems, has also made its way online. This time, we get to hear what AC/DC’s song “TNT” sounds like played by Scott Ian and sang by Joey Belladonna. In short, if you dug their cover of Rush’s “Anthem,” then Anthrax’s take on “TNT” won’t disappoint. Listen to the cover over at Loudwire.
[footage via metaldrumthrasher]
Earlier this week, it was revealed that Ghost recorded their cover of ABBA’s “I’m A Marionette” with none other than Dave Grohl. Now we get to hear the studio version of the cover, which will serve as a B-side for their new album Infestissumam. According to Blabbermouth, the cover popped up on Spotify, but as of now it doesn’t appear to be on the streaming service (at least on the American version). However, it didn’t take long for someone to post Ghost’s cover on YouTube.
Give Ghost’s rendition of “I’m A Marionette” a listen in the video above, at least until it gets taken down. In case you’re wondering how different their cover (which they’ve been performing live already) sounds from the original, you can listen to ABBA’s version after the jump. In short, though, Ghost’s cover sounds much more evil than the Swedish pop group’s hit. Read more »
We love our bros over at Metal Sucks. But sometimes they do something that makes us hate them. Take right now, for example. They brought it to our attention that Avril Lavigne has recorded a cover of a song by her fiance’s band. No, not Sum 41, that was a whole marriage ago. No, she’s currently engaged to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, and has decided to re-record their 2001 hit “How You Remind Me.”
I mean, at the end of the day, we don’t really have anything against Lavigne or Kroeger, both of whom poop platinum albums. Neither are generally artists we care about. But we were really hoping that we’d heard the last of Nickelback’s first really big hit. Now she’s given her husband’s hit a somber, piano-driven makeover that sounds like something Tori Amos might have done as a joke, then rejected. Not to mention that fact that it’s her husband’s song. This is like Pamela Anderson covering “Dr. Feelgood” or Ben Affleck covering a “Jenny From the Block.” The idea’s so bad that I can’t even come up with a current pop culture reference for it. But ultimately, it just makes more money for both of them, so it’s like the best engagement gift she could give him. If you’re masochists, check it out after the jump. Read more »
This past Friday night (November 30), Metal Blade Records celebrated its 30th anniversary with a show at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA. Hosted by That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson, the event featured performances by Armored Saint, Sacred Reich and Gypsy Hawk. And as an added bonus, Armored Saint performed a handful of covers with numerous special guests, Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth), Ray Alder (Fates Warning/Redemption), Dug Pinnick (King’s X) and others.
Two highlights of the night specifically, though, came when Armored Saint performed Metallica’s “Hit The Lights” with Hegg and Slayer’s “Die By The Sword” with Alder. And of course, fan filmed footage of the performances have made its way online, you can check out a clip of numerous performances above, while more footage of individual covers can be seen after the jump. Read more »
Australian female-fronted power metal band Divine Ascension like James Bond films enough that they decided to cover Adele’s theme song for the latest Bond flick. It’s a good move, given that Skyfall is the biggest James Bond film in the franchise’s 50-year history, and anything Adele touches turns to gold (or 10x platinum, as the case may be). Here’s what the band had to say about covering the song:
As we are all very big fans of the Bond franchise and movies and the release of the latest Bond film Skyfall is this week in Australia, we thought we’d have a bit of fun and create our own version of Adele’s song.
The band’s first album, As the Truth Appears, was released last year on Nightmare Records. Their take on the song is timely and solid, if not quite up to Andy Rehfeldt’s jazz/metal version of her hit “Rolling in the Deep.”
Fun trivia fact: Death Angel’s 1986 demo Kill As One was produced by Kirk Hammett himself. That’s why it’s rather special to see Death Angel perform “Trapped Under Ice” with the Metallica guitarist himself 26 years later.
The Bay Area thrashers were performing at the launch party for Hammett’s Too Much Horror Business – The Kirk Hammett Collection book in San Francisco last Thursday (November 1) when the guitarist joined them for a few songs. In addition to Metallica’s “Trapped Under Ice,” Death Angel and Hammett performed covers of KISS’ “She” and the Misfits’ “Horror Business.” Fan filmed footage of Hammett playing all three songs with Death Angel (who many would argue deserve to be in an expanded version of the Big Four) can be seen above, while more clips can be seen after the jump. Read more »
This past Sunday night (September 9), Slayer’s Dave Lombardo performed at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. Opening the show was Generation Kill, which features Exodus frontman Rob Dukes. So it shouldn’t come as too surprising to learn that Dukes joined the Slayer drummer’s side project onstage to cover Black Sabbath’s “Symptom Of The Universe.” Nonetheless, it’s still pretty cool. And Horns Up Rocks just so happened to be on hand to film the performance.
Watch video of Philm performing the Black Sabbath classic with Dukes above (and see why Lombardo would make a pretty good replacement for Bill Ward).
Fans who went to see Alice Cooper perform at Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi Friday night (June 8 ) got one hell of a surprise. Out of all the songs the shock rock legend chose to sing that night, he performed the title track from Lady Gaga’s latest album Born This Way. On the one hand, Cooper has praised Gaga many times before, and even caught up with the pop singer backstage once. Plus, he has shared the stage with another pop sensation before. Still, we never expected to actually hear someone (let alone Alice Cooper) perform a rock rendition of “Born This Way.” Funny, since a Judas Priest mash-up with her song “Judas” makes perfect sense to us. It may be becoming a staple in his live set, as he performed it the following night at Bonaroo as well, which is where the above footage comes from.
Watch fan filmed footage of Cooper performing Gaga’s dance anthem in the video above.
If only we had known about this before Mother’s Day. Apparently Ryan Adams has been performing an acoustic version of the Danzig classic “Mother” for encores during a few Europeans shows earlier this month. And now audio of him performing “Mother” at La Cigale in Paris, France on May 4 has made its way around the web.
Granted, the alt country singer has previously performed stripped down versions of songs by the likes of Iron Maiden, Alice In Chains, Dio, and even Ratt. And Adams has always been very vocal about his love for Mr. Danzig, even featuring the singer during his Night Sweats talk show. The two even had the chance to meet in person, or at least long enough for someone to take the picture above (check out the Slayer shirt Adams is wearing). Plus, it’s still not the most random Danzig cover that comes to mind.
Listen to Adams’ acoustic rendition of “Mother” for yourself in the video after the jump. Read more »