BitterCOld's Top 10 Best Covers Of Non-Metal Songs By Metal Bands

Written by: Xnoybis
Published: 04.06.2011
So the Dane Train released his list of favorite metal acts covering non-metal artists, but anything you can do I can do better. Or something. Actually, not better, just different. And by different I mean better. (Provided you're not the poster who thinks we are the same person… in which case your head might just have blown!) In any case, as with the artists on his list and mine, rather than show originality I'm simply going to cover his concept.

So, without further adieu, here is my list of favorite metal acts re-interpreting non-metal songs. There is no particular order here, just 10 tracks that amuse me.

Darkthrone - Love In A Void - much like their (soon to be appearing) Swiss overlords, the Norwegian black metal duo crop their hair up to Flock Of Seagulls heights, break out the black lipstick, and pay homage to the reigning queen of post-punk/new wave, Siouxsie and her Banshees with Love In A Void.



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Exodus - Low Rider - The SF Thrash stalwarts take on the theme song to the George Lopez show, giving it a bit of a metal kick in the ass. The laid back shuffle gets some swagger and shred.



original


Anthrax - Got The Time - Frankie Bello and company kick the Joe Jackson song into high gear with an awesome bassline and solo with some crushing riffs. Probably the best track on their last album with Joey Belladonna. Sing along now! Chicken on my head! CHICKEN ON MY HEAD!



original


Celtic Frost - Mexican Radio - Wall Of Voodoo was a relatively obscure 80's new wave band which had an unlikely eMpTy Vee hit with "Mexican Radio". No idea why CF covered it… or how the Swissters even heard it. A good cover, even if Tom G. Warrior's vox aren't as cool as Stan Ridgway's quirky style.



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Ministry - Roadhouse Blues - Somehow seems a fitting cover that Al and Co., known for raising hell, would pick this The Doors song. The original is an awesome beer-swilling, sing-a-long tune. This version isn't just a party, it's a Texas bar-room brawl… Roadhouse Black & Blues.



original


Buzzov*en - Don't Bring Me Down - The original cheery, cheesy ELO song annoys the crap out of me every time it appears on classic rock radio. Buzzers piss all over it and make it a definite, hateful downer that will have ELO fans sticking forks in the nearest light socket and ELOctrocuting themselves.



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Anathema - Better Off Dead - The Pink Floydian Doomster's entry marks the first metal cover to actually take a fast song and slow it down. They turn the cheeky song mocking the over self-centered and distill it into a beautiful ballad, which thus beautifully mocks, well, pretty much all of Gen X onward.



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Carpathian Forest - A Forest - CF's cover is another which takes a song and slows it down. In this case, taking a Cure classic with an awesome bass line and cool guitar parts and strip it down to a near dead electronic piece.



original


Danzig - The Hunter - Everyone's favorite Mr Mojo Risin impersonator takes on the Albert King blues classic, slightly altering the lyrics, has Christ stomp on the distortion pedal and turns it to a blues-metal good time.



well, the King's version isn't on youtube, so I linked Born Under A Bad Sign, live, instead. Albert King > this list.


Lawnmower Deth - Kids In America - Yet another metal band going to the 80's music scene to pluck an oddball for covering. This song is infectious, even with the tempo amplified, the guitars distorted as hell, and the sing-a-long bits even more sing-a-long-y.



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Written on 04.06.2011 by
Xnoybis
BitterCOld has been officially reviewing albums for MetalStorm since 2009.
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Goatlord - 04.06.2011 at 12:42  
I always really liked Turisas's cover of 'Rasputin'.
Lucas - 04.06.2011 at 13:02  
Goddamn that Carpathian Forest cover is awesome.
Timmeh - 04.06.2011 at 13:46  
Nice list, I think another good one is 'The Sound of Silence' by Nevermore.
BloodTears - 04.06.2011 at 14:47  
I love the Anathema cover, I remember when I listened to it the first time. One of my favourite all time covers. And it's perfect for what their music was at the time.
Dane Train - 04.06.2011 at 14:59  
Well done, sir, well done. We shall meet on the field of battle again.
Enemy of Reality - 04.06.2011 at 15:55  
Annihilus rulz!!!
oroboros - 04.06.2011 at 16:07  
My personal favorite is the filthy buzzov*en track.
Thryce - 04.06.2011 at 17:13  
Fun read... cept the title is outrageously inaccurate since Anathema are NOT METULL!!
Dangerboner - 04.06.2011 at 19:55  
Glad you didn't put 5 Finger Cunt Punch in your list, lol
Lit. - 04.06.2011 at 22:46  
Why didn't anyone think of Anthrax before?
Also, love the Ministry cover. Hearing The Doors song Ministry'd is always a nice feeling.
Fourth Horseman - 05.06.2011 at 01:53  
SLAYER - ina-gada-davida..........why the fuck did you exclude this?????
Ozman - 05.06.2011 at 02:11  
Written by Fourth Horseman on 05.06.2011 at 01:53

SLAYER - ina-gada-davida..........why the fuck did you exclude this?????


Don't know why Bittercold excluded it. But I would exclude cause I find it a crappy cover.
slayer did way better covers. F.e. Disorder.
Xnoybis - 05.06.2011 at 02:13  
Written by Fourth Horseman on 05.06.2011 at 01:53

SLAYER - ina-gada-davida..........why the fuck did you exclude this?????


what Marcel said. it was crap. i avoided the various punk covers and Exploited medley (Disorder) as those were pretty much similar in style to begin with.
M C Vice - 05.06.2011 at 04:06  
What about: Black Sabbath - Warning (Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation), Sinergy - Gimme Gimme Gimme (Abba) or Motorhead/Girlschool - Please Don't Touch ( Johnny Kidd and the Pirates).
Xnoybis - 05.06.2011 at 04:14  
Written by M C Vice on 05.06.2011 at 04:06

What about: Black Sabbath - Warning (Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation), Sinergy - Gimme Gimme Gimme (Abba) or Motorhead/Girlschool - Please Don't Touch ( Johnny Kidd and the Pirates).


I had 10. those were my favorite ten. largely because i was familiar with, and like, both the originals and the covers. well, aside from ELO, whose demolition i like.

this is not a complete list, nor is it a list of all my favorite metalicized covers. it's 10.
Arcik - 05.06.2011 at 10:48  
If you like good covers you should listen to Acid Drinkers albums called Fishdick and Fishdick zwei. Both of them all only cover albums, there you can find songs like, New York New York, Chess With The Abyss, Hot Stuff and many more.
Milena - 05.06.2011 at 11:22  
Liked Dane's list better *awaits bloodshed*
Deadsoulman - 05.06.2011 at 19:53  
I can't stand the Anathema cover. I think this song works much better in its original punk rock form.

A couple of good (IMO) non-metal songs covered by metal bands that weren't mentioned by you or Dane:
Nevermore - The Sound Of Silence
Ministry - Lay Lady Lay (complete deconstruction of the original, love it)
Adagio - Fame (sort of a non adventurous cover, but this song seems to be made for a metal cover)
Mourning Beloveth - The Weeping Song
Bad English - 05.06.2011 at 23:23  
Craig this is much better
The Jeff Healey Band - Roadhouse Blues
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHUBOaTYfdU
4look4rd - 06.06.2011 at 01:22  
I really like the Anthrax cover. A few of my favorites are Pain of Salvation- Hallelujah, Helloween- All My Loving, and this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=narHqBWkauI
bluegreengod - 06.06.2011 at 09:21  
Somewhere a long time ago I head a bootleg (yes, back when bootleg tapes floated around) of Type O Negative playing 'total eclipse of the heart' live. It was fantastic and I have never been able to find it since.
Xnoybis - 06.06.2011 at 09:24  
Written by Guest on 06.06.2011 at 09:21

Somewhere a long time ago I head a bootleg (yes, back when bootleg tapes floated around) of Type O Negative playing 'total eclipse of the heart' live. It was fantastic and I have never been able to find it since.


that would be awesome. they are great cover masters. "Cinnamon Girl" would have made my list if not for Dane's inclusion. "Summer Breeze" is great as well. I saw them with Godflesh and Danzig back in the Bloody Kisses/Selfless/IV era... they played a cover of Sabbath's "Paranoid" that was some god-damn slow (and I was so god-damn drunk after Godflesh's 30min set) i didn't realize it even was "Paranoid" ... i swear, that made that song drag on for 10 minutes.
Susan - 07.06.2011 at 06:59  
Written by Goatlord on 04.06.2011 at 12:42

I always really liked Turisas's cover of 'Rasputin'.



!!!!!!!! This is the first thing I thought of when I saw this article.

Although BitterCOld here really had a profound impact on my life with some of these awesome covers which were new to me, Turisas would have made it complete
DoomGuard - 07.06.2011 at 18:46  
Written by Xnoybis on 05.06.2011 at 02:13

Written by Fourth Horseman on 05.06.2011 at 01:53

SLAYER - ina-gada-davida..........why the fuck did you exclude this?????


what Marcel said. it was crap. i avoided the various punk covers and Exploited medley (Disorder) as those were pretty much similar in style to begin with.

but...but...Blind Guardian did a good cover of that song
Ivor - 07.06.2011 at 18:50  
Written by DoomGuard on 07.06.2011 at 18:46

Written by Xnoybis on 05.06.2011 at 02:13

Written by Fourth Horseman on 05.06.2011 at 01:53

SLAYER - ina-gada-davida..........why the fuck did you exclude this?????


what Marcel said. it was crap. i avoided the various punk covers and Exploited medley (Disorder) as those were pretty much similar in style to begin with.

but...but...Blind Guardian did a good cover of that song

Riiiight... Not knowing BG it was the only reason I checked the single featuring that cover. I found it totally lacked in the department that made the original stuff cool. So no, BG did not do a good cover of that song.

I.
Xnoybis - 07.06.2011 at 19:27  
Written by Susan on 07.06.2011 at 06:59

Written by Goatlord on 04.06.2011 at 12:42

I always really liked Turisas's cover of 'Rasputin'.



!!!!!!!! This is the first thing I thought of when I saw this article.

Although BitterCOld here really had a profound impact on my life with some of these awesome covers which were new to me, Turisas would have made it complete



profound impact? Shirley you jest.
Deadsoulman - 07.06.2011 at 21:18  
Oh hey, there's also this one which I really loved when I was a teenager:

Darkside Momo - 07.06.2011 at 21:35  
Written by Deadsoulman on 07.06.2011 at 21:18

Oh hey, there's also this one which I really loved when I was a teenager:

I still love it.
ou also have to explain that "Vive Le Feu" is a Bérurier Noir cover, an awesome alternative/punk band
Susan - 07.06.2011 at 23:53  
Written by Xnoybis on 07.06.2011 at 19:27

Written by Susan on 07.06.2011 at 06:59

Written by Goatlord on 04.06.2011 at 12:42

I always really liked Turisas's cover of 'Rasputin'.



!!!!!!!! This is the first thing I thought of when I saw this article.

Although BitterCOld here really had a profound impact on my life with some of these awesome covers which were new to me, Turisas would have made it complete



profound impact? Shirley you jest.



Well, yeah, a little....
immortal83 - 15.06.2011 at 11:45  
I have listened to Depeche Mode covers made by In Flames, Rammstein, Lacuna Coil and they are all great. Angra has a incredible cover of Kate Bush's Wuthering heights and also Edguy made a great cover of Ultravox's Hymn.
Daggon - 20.06.2011 at 09:40  
The last video seems like something that Fat & Sassy could like... a lot!
BeastOfMetal456 - 15.08.2011 at 03:21  
Written by Goatlord on 04.06.2011 at 12:42

I always really liked Turisas's cover of 'Rasputin'.

Epic one. It destroys the original IMO. Boney M's version sucks.
drshred - 29.09.2011 at 23:49  
Low rider is a great cover by exodus! i liked the version of "overdose" they did as well.On a side note- another kisck ass cover is "Frankenstien" done by a band Edge of paradise. the guitar playing is outstanding, and i've always liked the song.Also: Paul gilbert/racer x's version of "godzilla"! very cool. That's my 2 cents!!
Mattybu - 02.10.2011 at 05:10  
Good list but I'd plop Judas Priest's version of Diamonds and Rust on there too it's a gem!
Boxcar Willy - 09.03.2012 at 05:52  
I really enjoy AC/DC's cover of Baby Please Don't Go.
Boxcar Willy - 09.03.2012 at 05:54  
Alexbelletto - 08.04.2012 at 02:45  
Children of Bodom's "Oops I did it again" cover is quite interesting too, not that it belongs on THIS list...
Apothecary - 16.05.2012 at 07:09  
How about Death's cover of God of Thunder?

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