20 More Of The Best Heavy Metal Cover Songs

by Mike Lawrence on November 21, 2013

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Earlier this year, we put together a list of our picks for the 20 Best Metal Cover Songs.  Due to the overwhelming positive response to the post, we decided to put together another list consisting of more of heavy metal’s top covers.  The list consists of songs that just missed making our original top 20, a couple of new 2013 releases and some suggested by you, our readers.  There were some absolutely awesome suggestions from the lot of you and after careful research we have put together another great lineup of covers that you absolutely have to check out.  So without further adieu, let’s get started.

#20. “Centerfold” – Tankard (J. Geils Band Cover)

This one was suggested by reader The Chuck in our comments section.  We checked it out and immediately loved it.  Being a party style thrash band makes Tankard the perfect act to cover this.  The tune from their album Stone Cold Sober sounds almost identical, but the keyboards are replaced with a fast thrash riff and obviously we get the cool raspy vocals of lead singer Andreas Geremia. What a great way to kick up an 80’s rock classic.

#19. “Sail” – DevilDriver (Awolnation Cover)

The original song by Awolnation is quite possibly one of the most annoying and overplayed rock songs of the last few years.  While reviewing DevilDriver’s new album Winter Kills we heard the song and did a double take.  DevilDriver was covering “Sail”!  We really didn’t know what to think and then the track really kicked into gear quickly.  It is truly one of the standout songs on the new album.  The cover has great doom pacing, piercing lead guitar and a contrasting fast chorus riff that breaths new life into what was an awful rock song.

#18.  “A View to A Kill” – Diablo (Duran Duran Cover)

Next we have another reader recommended cover song from Daniel “The Maniel”.  The cover is courtesy of Finnish melodic death metallers Diablo.  It’s really cool to hear this 1980’s James Bond soundtrack classic with heavy riffs and harsh vocals.  Believe it or not, the Duran Duran tune lends itself well to this style of metal because of it’s melodic arrangement and excellent lyrics.  Heavy metal and James Bond were always a marriage that we felt would work well and now we our wish has been answered.

#17. “Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting” – Flotsam and Jetsam (Elton John Cover)

Who ever thought that an Elton John song would work as a metal tune?  The subject matter of fighting certainly matches well with metal, but piano is definitely something that is a bit harder to translate.  On Flotsam and Jetsam’s second record, No Place For Disgrace, the thrashers took the risk and it paid off.  The original fast pacing of the song was turned into a thrash riff complete with the raspy and soaring vocals of Eric A.K. and yes there was even some background piano in the song.  It sounds strange, but it all works well.  Thanks once again to reader The Chuck for the excellent pick.

#16. “Alone” – Warmen (Heart Cover)

The original has always been a classic  mostly because of the amazing vocal range shown by Heart  singers Ann and Nancy Wilson.  Having said that Warmen had some pretty big shoes to fill.  Guest vocalist Kimberly Goss of Sinergy was certainly up to the task.  While her vocals are not quite up to par with the Wilsons, the progressive/power metal arrangement more than makes up for it.  It gives the song that extra amount of heaviness that is lacking in the Heart version, while still keeping with the original overall feel of the song.

#15. “We’re An American Band” – Rob Zombie (Grand Funk Railroad Cover)

Rob ZombieHere’s yet another new 2013 cover song from Rob Zombie’s latest effort Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor.  Zombie’s version brings some welcome heaviness to the 1970’s blues rock classic while once again keeping with some of the original elements of the song, most notably the use of cowbell.  This is one our picks for our list of Top Songs of 2013 and is one excellent cover song.

#14. “Aerials” – Amon Amarth (System Of A Down Cover)

Viking metal masters, Amon Amarth inject their own style into the highly popular song from alternative metal act System Of A Down on their album Surtur Rising.  The heaviness is kicked up a ton and Serj Tankian’s high pitched vocals are replaced with Johann Hegg’s always well done death growls.  It’s nice to see that extreme metal fans can now also enjoy what was already an amazingly well written song.

#13. “Toys in the Attic” – Metal Church (Aerosmith Cover)

Aerosmith is one of the top hard rock bands of all time and are considered by most to be a huge influence on the birth of heavy metal, so it’s only natural that a metal band would cover one of their songs.  “Toys in the Attic” is one of the band’s faster paced songs, so it was the perfect tune for Bay Area thrashers Metal Church to cover.  The riff on the Metal Church version from the album Masterpeace is slightly heavier and the pacing is a bit faster making for an excellent thrash tune that pays great tribute to the original.

#12. “Mountain Song” – Sepultura (Jane’s Addiction Cover)

Jane’s Addiction was one of the more popular acts during the major alternative rock boom of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.  Along with “Been Caught Stealing” and “Stop”, “Mountain Song” is one of their most recognizable songs.  Jane’s Addiction’s approach to music and lead singer Perry Farrell’s vocal style do not seem to mesh well with metal, especially a band as heavy as Sepultura.  However on their covers EP Revolusongs, somehow the thrash heavyweights were able to turn the song on its head to create one really well done metal song.  In our eyes, the heavy riffs and deeper vocals of the cover are the way the song was meant to sound.  We would even dare to say, it’s better than the original.

#11.  “Shout” – Disturbed (Tears for Fears Cover)

Disturbed was featured in the top 10 of our list of The 20 Best Metal Cover songs for their cover of Genesis’ “Land of Confusion”.  Here we once again have an excellent 1980’s cover song from the mainstream metallers.  This was a song we originally considered for this same list, but in the end it lost out to what we felt was the more superior “Land of Confusion”.  Now we have the chance to finally give the song its due.  Of all the nu metal/alternative metal covers of 1980’s songs, Disturbed’s covers rank amongst the top.  The cover from the band’s 2000 album The Sickness keeps close to the arrangement of the original, but adds in groove guitar riffs and the signature vocals of David Draiman.  This is an excellent heavy cover that still manages to bring about feelings of 1980’s nostalgia.

#10. “Losing My Religion” – Graveworm (R.E.M. Cover)

graveworm-losing-my-religionThis is a really excellent cover of a 1990’s R.E.M. classic from extreme/Gothic metallers Graveworm.  It has an excellent combination of heaviness, great shrieked vocals and yes even piano.  Graveworm breaths new life into what was once a really wimpy and boring song and turns it into a powerfully brutal tune that fits much better with the heavy subject matter of Michael Stipe’s original lyrics.

#9. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – Exodus (AC/DC Cover)

Thrash masters Exodus take what was already a pretty heavy hard rock song and add souped up guitars and a more featured bass line. The raspy vocals of former lead singer Steve Souza are Bon Scott-esque but are at a slightly deeper register than the original. The song can be found as a bonus track on the Japanese version of 1987’s Pleasures of the Flesh.  The cover really shows off the major influence that AC/DC had on the thrash movement and heavy metal as a whole.  This is a truly worthy cover of one of the best hard rock songs of all time.

#8. “No Remorse” – Cannibal Corpse (Metallica Cover)

“No Remorse” is a deep track from Metallica’s fast and heavy debut album Kill ‘Em All.  Death metal heavyweights Cannibal Corpse covered it as a bonus track on the special edition of their 2002 album Gore Obsessed.  They take what was already a crazy heavy song and make it even heavier by adding more distortion, slower pacing, more down tuned guitars and death metal vocals courtesy of lead singer George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher.  Cannibal Corpse does so much justice to the original while still managing to make it their own.  This is one of the better Metallica covers you will ever hear.

#7. “Surfin’ Bird” – Sodom (Trashmen Cover)

As a kid I can remember being subjected to tons of surf music by my dad including bands like The Beach Boys, Dick Dale and The Ventures.  Man I hated listening to this stuff.  Then one day he threw on “Surfin Bird” by the Trashmen and I couldn’t believe that a song this heavy came out in 1963.  I realized later in life how much the fast riffs and tremolo picking of surf music really influenced punk and heavy metal and “Surfin Bird” was a huge part of that.  This song lends itself so well to a thrash cover, it’s ridiculous.  On their 2001 album M-16 Sodom manages to bring back memories of the original while also creating a well done metal tune with fast riffs, raspy vocals and perfect pacing.  Thanks to reader Sairaj for suggesting this excellent cover.

#6.  “Damage Inc” – Dream Theater ft. Barney Greenway of Napalm Death (Metallica Cover)

How do you take an amazing Metallica classic like “Damage Inc.” and make it even better?  Take the amazing musicianship of progressive metal pioneers Dream Theater and mix it with the harsh vocals of Napalm Death’s Barney Greenway and you get a brutal and technically perfect version that you may like even more than the original.  This is literally probably the best Metallica cover song you will hear from anyone and there are a lot of Metallica covers.  This was part of some club tours that Dream Theater did in the mid 1990’s where they performed covers of full albums like Master of Puppets, The Number of the Beast and Darkside of the Moon.  If you look hard, you may still be able to find some of these live full length cover albums.  Their version of “Damage Inc.” is certainly the cream of the crop of all their covers over the years.

#5. “After Forever” – Biohazard (Black Sabbath Cover)

nib-tribute-cover-biohazardAdmittedly I have never been the biggest Biohazard fan. However, when I purchased Nativity In Black: A Tribute To Black Sabbath back in 1994, to my utter surprise Biohazard had the best Black Sabbath cover on the entire album.  This is saying a lot with likes of Megadeth, Corrosion of Conformity, Sepultura, Faith No More and Bruce Dickinson featured on the album.  This cover not only throws a hardcore edge on the doom metal track, but it’s also extremely catchy and very well arranged.  I am still not really a Biohazard fan, but this will always be one of my favorite metal covers.

#4. “No Easy Way Out” – Bullet For My Valentine (Robert Tepper Cover)

Anyone who grew up in the 1980’s will remember all of the song montages in Sylvetser Stallone’s Rocky IV.  The one that has always stuck with me was when Rocky took off in his Lotus after the death of his friend Apollo and had a montage of flashbacks about his time with his friend.  This song stuck with me so much that I tracked it down years later and downloaded it.  Before writing this, I thought it would be cool to find a cover of this, but I thought: “Who the hell would remember this song besides me?”  To my pleasant surprise the guys in metalcore outfit Bullet For My Valentine remembered it.  Once again, I am not their biggest fan, but this cover is awesome.  They stay with the melody of the original even using keyboards while bringing a welcome amount of heaviness that fits unexpectedly well.  If you are a fan of the Rocky films, you have to check this one out.  It will really take you back.

#3. “Painkiller” –  Death (Judas Priest Cover)

This is one of my favorite Judas Priest songs and as we all know it was a huge influence on modern power metal with its soaring riffs and high register vocals.  When Metal Descent reader Gav suggested the Death cover of the song from the 1998 album The Sound Of Perseverance as one of his favorites, I was a bit skeptical.  How well would a death metal version of a power metal song work? Forgetting of course that Death basically pioneered technical death metal in the 1990’s.  I listened to it and was instantly hooked.  The riffs are heavier, while maintaining the technical perfection of the original.  Lead singer Chuck Schuldiner at this point in his career had moved away from death growls in favor of high register vocals making this the perfect cover for his new vocal style.  This is one of the most accurate covers you will ever hear, but don’t worry it still has the Death signature sound all over it.

#2. “Draw the Line”/”Nobody’s Fault” – Testament (Aerosmith Covers)

Heavy metal covers of Aerosmith are usually pretty cool.  The covers take really well played and well written hard rock songs from a respected band and add even more oomph to it.  There have been some spectacular ones over the years, but none better than Testament’s covers of “Draw the Line” and “Nobody’s Fault”.  They were both so good that I couldn’t just select one of them, so they’re both here at number two.  “Draw the Line” already has heavy riffs, so it lends itself pretty well to a metal cover.  Testament picks up the speed and adds in the excellent thrash style vocals of Chuck Billy.  The cover can be found on Testament’s 1997 greatest hits compilation Signs of Chaos.  The cover of “Nobody’s Fault”, which can be found on 1988’s The New Order was one I was a bit more skeptical about as I was wondering how Testament would handle taking the original arrangement and making it thrash.  All I can say is, you have to hear it for yourself to realize how great a cover it really is.

#1. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage (Dio Cover)

holy-diver-kse-best-cover-songHere is one that I cannot believe that I forgot about on our first covers list.  Love KSE or hate them, this is an excellent cover song and the official video pays a ton of tribute to the original 1980’s Dio music video.  This is one of the most well known metal songs of all time and KSE does it a ton of justice.  They stay true to the original sound and arrangement, while adding a great deal of heaviness courtesy of guitarists Adam Dutkiewicz and Joel Stroetzel and drummer Justin Foley.  The occasional harsh vocals of Howard Jones add a very cool dynamic that was not present in the original.  This track can be found on the special edition of As Daylight Dies and is easily one of the best metal covers of all time.

 

What is your favorite metal cover song?  Leave a comment and let us know.  Your pick might be featured on our next list.

 

 

 

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McRoehrich November 22, 2013 at 6:38 am

Another awesome cover of Painkiller by Cthonic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQKpU9ZeG_c

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Alan November 24, 2013 at 9:00 am

great list!

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Brodie November 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Entombed – God of thunder (Kiss)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdBj56WPvVg

Entombed – Black breath (Repulsion)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGPsLnGyZsM

Entombed – Burstin’ Out (Venom Cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSA8akwfv-k

Repulsion – Schizoid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEQdw64xhIs

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Brodie November 25, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Entombed – Tear It Loose (Twisted Sister cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsrMcvROGnk

Overkill – Under The Blade (Twisted Sister cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qdrCPHoOgA

Savatage – Nothing Else Matters (Metalica Cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJB_gi1bZwA

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MetalMike November 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

I’m surprised that Overkill’s cover of Edgar Winters “Frankenstein” didn’t make the list.

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Wat November 25, 2013 at 6:10 pm

No Fear Factory ‘Cars’ cover?

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Matt G November 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I like that one a lot better than 1/2 the songs on this list

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eduardo November 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm

omg…and Type o Negative – Black Sabbath?????

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snowed November 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Yeah, Type O Negative’s version of Summer Breeze should be at least number 3.

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Mike November 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm

One of my favorites. Will definitely be on the next list.

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Ervery November 25, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Best Metallica cover song I ever heard: Dyers Eve – Revocation:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smzA4Bgl6hk

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Manuel November 25, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Great cover, Would? by Opeth. Alice in Chains cover.
http://youtu.be/yPFBBWxOaP4

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Ryan November 25, 2013 at 10:18 pm

In league with Satan (Venom cover) by: Black Eyed Vermillion, The Goddamn Gallows, Jayke Orvis, and James Hunnicutt! Farmageddon Records kick ass!!! \m/

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BIG BILL In PA November 26, 2013 at 12:37 am

IRON MAIDEN- CROSS EYED MARY[jethro tull] INSANE VERSION HARD TO FIND FROM 80’s

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Crozon November 26, 2013 at 3:04 am

You missed Cradle of Filths cover of hallowed be thy name

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kirc November 30, 2013 at 3:19 am

Sepultura – Orgasmatron (Motorhead cover)

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Issac November 30, 2013 at 3:22 am

“Got the Time” by Anthrax (Joe Jackson cover)

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Greg November 30, 2013 at 3:34 am

I don’t know how you could overlook Sacred Reich’s cover of War Pigs or Sweet Leaf. Sodom’s cover of 1000 days in Sodom. Sepultura’s cover of Orgasmatron and Procreation of the Wicked. Therion’s cover of Sea Winds. Trouble’s cover of Porpoise song. Metallica’s cover of Last Caress. Man their are a lot of great covers not mentioned.

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Mech November 30, 2013 at 3:41 am

Death – God of Thunder (Kiss)
Megadeth – Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
Slayer – Dissident Aggressor (Judas Priest)

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Eric Blade November 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

Check out The Bronx Casket Company. Jump In The Fire is pretty great. Some of their other covers are also pretty good.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sMGaYd3Wh4

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R.i.p.Dimebag November 30, 2013 at 4:34 am

How can Panteras version of Black Sabbaths Planet Caravan not be #1 on the list…. Hands down best cover of all time….

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jdrivera85 November 30, 2013 at 5:59 am

screw that horrible Dio cover

Krisiun – In league With Satan ( Venom cover)
Mastodon – Emerald ( Thin Lizzy cover)
Dimmu Borgir – Burn In Hell ( Twisted Sister cover)
Exhumed – No Presents For Christmas ( King Diamond cover)
Obituary – Circle of the Tyrants ( Celtic Frost cover)

I love Dio but hate cover does not do justice

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Shawn Boyer November 30, 2013 at 7:08 am

PLACE OF SKULLS – MISUNDERSTOOD from The Animals. It’s on their debut nailed.
Orange Goblin – Just got paid, ZZ top cover off of Thieving from the house of God.
Wrathchild America – Time, Pink Floyd cover off of Climbing the Walls.
Laaz Rockit – Holiday in Cambodia, Dead Kennedys cover off of Know your enemy.

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Shawn Boyer November 30, 2013 at 7:22 am

Another great cover of Paint it Black is Grip inc. Dave Lombardo’s band after he left Slayer the first time. I think it sounds better than The Accused version.

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Shawn Boyer November 30, 2013 at 7:24 am

Trouble – Tales of Brave Ulysses

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Jeff November 30, 2013 at 8:13 am

come on guys you left out classics,Iced earth hallowed be thy name,Iron Maiden cover,Testament has a great cover of power slave another cover of Iron Maiden

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Mike November 30, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I love those. They will definitely be on the next list.

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The Guy November 30, 2013 at 8:17 am

Otyg made a unique folk metal cover of Dio’s ‘Holy Diver’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=KzYHl7z6svA

Emperor – Gypsy (Mercyful fate cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=u3RsILrqXPY

In Flames – World of Promises (Treat cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMdwgFneMxo

Obituary – Circle of the Tyrants (Celtic Frost cover) (almost better than the original)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=tFw0zacj5Ws

Iron Maiden – Women in Uniform (Skyhooks cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xrZPFW0zco

And my favourite… Testament – Powerslave (Iron Maiden cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=gm9koxAb4EM

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Greg November 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

Trivium: Master of Puppets

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Greg November 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

And their cover of Creeping Death.

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Matt G November 20, 2014 at 12:19 pm

Should be on the list, most-def

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Alex November 30, 2013 at 9:06 am

Phantom lord – Metallica by Anthrax

Heaven and Hell – BS by Death Angel

Snap – DRI by Anthrax

Good Times Bad Times – Led Zeppelin by Nuclear Assault

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mike November 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

Machinehead, Hallowed be thy name

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James November 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

Not a fan of Mushroomhead but I really like the cover of Crazy.

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Tom November 30, 2013 at 10:05 am

Machine Head covering Poison Idea’s “Alan’s On Fire”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjIPLqOT65w

Or, any of Machine Head’s covers of other artists, as listed below. They had been released individually over the years, but compiled into one, on the second disc of their masterpiece “The Blackening”

“Hallowed Be Thy Name” (Iron Maiden cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLmlJT-kc1g

“Battery” (Metallica cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlRUWLGKOow

“Negative Creep” (Nirvana cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-jmxDsX660

“House of Suffering” (Bad Brains cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMFi9u8e1Eg

“The Possibility of Life’s Destruction” (Discharge cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBI1h1EGXME

“Hole in the Sky” (Black Sabbath cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lq_kadvLTSM

“Colors” (Ice-T cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQ0yBZ8BW60

“Hard Times” (Live Cro-Mags cover)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GR_IDEVx7FI

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Bill November 30, 2013 at 10:23 am

Death Angel “Heaven & Hell”

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bob barnak November 30, 2013 at 10:46 am

crowbar-remember tomorrow
overkill-tyrant
pantera-electric funeral
cradle of filth-hallowed be thy name

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Hari May 17, 2014 at 5:42 am

The cradle of filth version was not true to the original. It was decent. I prefer the original any day of the week.

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Aric B. November 30, 2013 at 12:22 pm

“Overdose”- Exodus cover of a very underrated AC/DC song.
“She’s so Heavy”- a Beatles song covered by Coroner. Fantastic version on one of the better produced thrash albums!!!

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Jackson June 23, 2014 at 11:34 pm

Both great! Especially the Exodus!

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mariana November 30, 2013 at 10:02 pm

The Sentinel from Judas Priest played by Heavens Gate is absolutely beautiful

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Steven B. December 1, 2013 at 4:17 am

Wrathchild America – “Time”
Sanctuary – “White Rabbit”
Death Angel – “Cold Gin”
Sepultura – “Orgasmatron” & “Symptom of the Universe”
Heathen – “Set Me Free”
Overkill – “Fuck You”, “Frankenstein”, “Hole in the Sky”, & pretty much everything on Coverkill, especially “Hymn 43” & “Cornucopia.”
Death – “God of Thunder”

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Pier Lidén December 1, 2013 at 4:56 am

My favorite coversong is Testament´s version of the Judas Priest song “Rapid Fire”

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Alistair Wiseman December 5, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Ah, Clawfinger’s version of Vienna (Ultravox) is excellent!

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Blaster of Reality January 18, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Fascist Insect’s cover of “Push It” by Salt N’ Pepa is kvlt.

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THNDRMKR February 23, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Chimaira- Wild Thing (Troggs cover)
Children of Bodom- Lookin’ Out My Backdoor (CCR cover)
Disturbed- Living After Midnight (Judas Priest cover)

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frick April 13, 2014 at 6:20 pm

how about the megadeth cover of anarchy in the u.k. by sex pistols

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Tracerec May 6, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Enjoyed listening to the list and the posted suggestions.
Here’s a couple more:
Sacrifice – Anthem (Rush Cover) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6UI3aLYA1M
Didn’t care for Depeche Mode in the 80’s so it’s with great pleasure to play In Flames – Everything Counts (Depeche Mode Cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-qnmAsiZb0

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Hari May 17, 2014 at 5:41 am

The Metallica version of Sabbra Cadabra is also pretty good. I don’t think it’d make the cut here, but it’s worth listening to.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNBIf7WVQyk

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gavin May 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm

first time reader, love the page, love listening to the cover songs. have a few ideas of my own, dont know if youve heard them or not but more than likely you have

http://youtu.be/jW4tp3phi3g clawfinger: vienna
http://open.spotify.com/track/6bkODoTiCYwxdJ5LecpUzn gonzo everyones a winner (hot chocolate cover)
and my favorite. http://youtu.be/4slFA3wM7pk godhead: elenor rigby

tell me what you think

all the best gavin

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Tom June 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm

You missed Raintime’s cover of Beat It……………..AGAIN!!!!
This travesty cannot go on.

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Mike Lawrence June 5, 2014 at 7:03 pm

will definitely put it on the next one

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Jackson June 23, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Easily best cover of all time: Vicious Rumors “Paint It Black”. Honors the original while giving it a metal sound and gallop along with the glorious vocals of Carl Albert.

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John July 2, 2014 at 3:25 pm

1. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage (Dio Cover) The shittiest version I ever heard in my life.

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Rodrigo Vidal Tamayo July 2, 2014 at 5:12 pm

How about these ones:
Helloween’s “Guardians” by Rhapsody. The italians improved an underproduced song and made a real classic. http://youtu.be/n3jS-dV9FKc

Sisters of mercy’s “Lucretia my reflection” by Kreator. The germans not only kept the dark tone of the original, the made it sound more powerful. http://youtu.be/9P2bWwRJuCM

Toto’s “Africa” by Pyogenesis. A better cover than the one you posted on the first list. http://youtu.be/DPJL5fZdkkA

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michael enevoldsen September 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm
Matt G November 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Just now reading this, obviously I am a bit late. Plenty of comments listing the songs that should be on here. would also like to add Graveworm’s ‘Message in a Bottle’ cover & Children of Bodom’s ‘Oops I did it again’

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Alab December 17, 2014 at 12:25 am

In flames – Eye of the beholder (Metallica cover)

Hell within – Carry on wayward son (Kansas cover)

Atreyu – You give love a bad name (Bon Jovi cover)

Trivium – Losing my religion (R.E.M. cover)

im sure some wont agree but these are some of my favorite covers

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Billy February 14, 2015 at 12:09 am

HIM covering Chris Issaks “Wicked Game” is superb!

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Mark March 25, 2015 at 11:47 pm

Favorite cover.
Foo Fighters featuring Brian May Covering Pink Floyds “Have a Cigar”
and
KoRn Another Brick in the wall Parts 1 2 &3

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IsaacFS July 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

Frozen Shield – Bailando (Enrique Iglesias metal cover)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDt1aKfApS8

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DR Loy February 5, 2016 at 9:54 pm

Favorite cover is Disturbed doing Simon & Garfunkel’s “Sound of Silence”…

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Axe of Deth February 18, 2016 at 12:58 am

The Sound of Silence – Nevermore
Spread Your Wings – Blind Guardian
Mr. Crowley – Yngwie Malmsteen w/ Ripper Owens (perfect)

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Axe of Deth February 18, 2016 at 1:00 am

Also…Iced Earth Tribute to the Gods – All of it

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J dean April 17, 2016 at 7:46 am

Years later but….

Bullet for my valentine – sanitarium (welcome home) should be #1.

https://youtu.be/PK4ZbRCGikA

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