Archive for the ‘Cover Of The Week’ Category

metallica-vs-overkillThere is a significance with today’s date and the newest edition of Cover Battle and I’ll explain it to you because it’s a special one. A couple of weeks ago, we had Van Halen take on Mott The Hoople as to who did You Really Got Me by The Kinks better. Well, you all voted and chose Van Halen as the better version. So back to today’s cover battle which is very special because on December 11, 2015 Motorhead would play their last ever show with Lemmy Kilmister who would sadly pass away on December 28, 2015. The last song that they ever played together was the classic 1979 track Overkill and we have chosen it as today’s cover battle track. This one maybe one of the best battles yet because it features a couple of juggernauts of metal as Metallica does battle with Overkill in who did the track Overkill better. It’s east vs west as Bay Area thrash legends Metallica take on New York thrash legends Overkill.

Metallica– The Bay Area Thrash legends back in 1998 released an all covers double album called Garage Inc.. The album contained B-side covers, covers, and even an old EP that had gone out of print since it’s release. The album also included a b-sides disc that was released with the Hero Of The Day single called Motörheadache which saw the band covering Motorhead songs including Overkill. The band stays pretty faithful to the original track with Jason Newsted playing some amazing bass with James Hetfield rocking the song on vocals. Check out Metallica’s version below:

Overkill– The New York thrash legends released an all covers album entitled Coverkill which featured them covering the likes of Jethro Tull, Kiss, Black Sabbath, and Motorhead’s Overkill. It seemed like a very natural move for the band considering the name of the band is the track itself. The version the band included on the album was a live rendition of the track Overkill and the band opens up with the same fury as Metallica, but the only difference is Bobby Ellsworth signature high pitched growl. I truly love D. D. Verni’s bass playing on the song as well as the drumming because they bring the fury of the song right into your face. Check out their version below:

Now it is time for all of you to vote for who you believe did the song better. Was it Metallica or was it Overkill? You have until the next post to decide.

van-halen-vs-mott-the-hoopleLast week, we corrected our cover segment naming it Cover Battle and we had our very first one officially. Last week, Guns N Roses battled Britny Fox for supremacy over a cover of Nazareth’s Hair Of The Dog. You voted and named Guns N Roses the superior version. This week, we have one of the most interesting cover battles of all time because we take two classic rock bands from the 70’s and we are pinning them against each other. This week LA Rock outfit Van Halen does battle with UK classic rock giants Mott The Hoople in a cover battle of who did The Kinks You Really Got Me better. Let’s take a look at the contenders:

Van Halen– In the late 1970’s, Van Halen was the hottest thing to come out of Los Angeles in a long time and they did so with their self titled debut album. The chart topping amaing album featured tracks like Runnin’ With The Devil, Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love, and the very first single on the record that launched them into super stardom in their cover of The Kinks You Really Got Me. The song did so well for the band just as it had done for The Kinks back in 1964. When you hear this version, Eddie Van Halen adds some serious balls to the track and David Lee Roth is well David Lee Roth.

Mott The Hoople– The UK rock band originally released an instrumental version of You Really Got Me on their 1969 self title debut album. In 1980, they would release the version with Ian Hunter on vocals on the compilation record Two Miles From Heaven. Their version really has that 70’s UK Glam feel to it and the flow of it is definitely a tad slower than Van Halen’s. The thing I like about this version is the fact that they kept the keys in the song which definitely add to the overall composition and Mick Ralph’s solo is is good as well.

Now it is time for all of you to be the judge as to who did the cover better? Was it Van Halen? Or was it Mott The Hoople? You be the judge!

gnr-vs-britny-foxWe have once again modified and changed the way we are doing this cover battle. We were calling it Original Vs The Cover, but we decided to change it because the original will always win. Last week, we gave you a second option as to who had done the cover of Kansas’s Carry On Wayward Son and you voiced your opinion and Stryper won that battle. So, we have decided to keep that going and we renamed the segment Cover Battle. We will find two bands that have either covered the same song or a song from a featured band and you will have a week to vote as to whose version of the track you liked better. We have an interesting battle for you guys this week as Guns N Roses takes on Britny Fox in whose version of Nazareth’s Hair Of The Dog was better.

Guns N Roses– In one corner we have the band that changed the game when they arrived on the scene in 1987 with Appetite For Destruction. After a double album release and an EP, the band would release their all covers record The Spaghetti Incident which was considered a return to form for the band according to the critics. The album was actually the first GNR record recorded without Izzy Stradlin and the first to feature his replacement Gilby Clarke. They covered everyone from the Misfits to The Skyliners, and the Nazareth track. The track showcased that side of GNR that everyone loved where it was the whiskey filled, gutter rock and roll band that we got with Appetite. Check out their version below:

Britny Fox– Britny Fox was a glam metal band much in the fashion of what was going on in the late 1980’s with bands like Enuff Z’Nuff, Cinderella, and Trixter to name a few. They hit it big with their song Girlschool which was off of their self titled debut album. In 1989, the band would release their second album Boys In Heat which was also their last album ever recorded with “Dizzy” Dean Davidson. The album featured the track Hair Of The Dog as the lone cover on the record and for the most part the music was pretty faithful to the original. The only difference is Davidson’s vocals which combines that famous power screaming that sounds like a combo of Nazareth singer Dan McCafferty and Cinderella’s own Tom Keifer. Check it out below:

Now it’s up to you guys to vote in which version of Hair Of The Dog you liked better. Is it Guns N Roses or Britny Fox? You have until the next post to vote so cast your vote now!

kansas-vs-gwar-vs-stryperWe took a week off from Original vs The Cover, but we are back with a fury this week and a special edition. First I wanted to let you guys know about the results of our last Original Vs The Cover which featured Depeche Mode taking on Lacuna Coil in a battle of what version was better and of course Depeche Mode ended that one on top. As I said, we have a very special one for all of you because not only are there two bands competing, but we added a third band this week because why the hell not? So the song we have for you guys today is the classic rock track Carry On Wayward Son which was originally done by the band Kansas. Well, Kansas’s version of the song is going to take on two bands that happened to cover the track as well in GWAR and Stryper. Two drastically different bands who covered a track from a band you would never expect them to. Let’s check out the versions below:

Kansas– By time the album Leftoverture was released in 1976, the band had already released three albums and were still looking for that big hit. Well, the band’s prayers were answered when the track was released. The track entitled Carry On Wayward Son peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 becoming the band’s very first top 40 hit of their careers. The track with its classic guitar thunder and amazing vocal harmonies during the chorus took the world by storm with it’s amazing lyrics about a son who goes off and has to discover who he truly is (it’s up for interpretation).

GWAR– In 2012, everybody’s favorite alien Hardcore Metal band GWAR had covered the song as part of a series on Youtube called The AV Club. 25 different bands were asked to cover a song and GWAR’s was this one. The band at first doesn’t seem to take it serious or at least vocalist and fearless leader, the late Oderus Urungus doesn’t. When they finally get into it though, the band churns out a ruckus in your face version of the song which depending on your taste is a good or bad thing.

Stryper– Christian Heavy Metal giants who were one of the most unique bands during their time. After a ten year hiatus the band returned to reclaim their place on the scene and after two albums they decided to release an all covers album entitled The Covering. On the record the band covers everyone from the Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Kiss, and the very track at question here in Carry On Wayward Son. Stryper’s version of the track may be the one closest and more faithful to the original, but just a little heavier and more of the twin guitar sonic attack. Not to mention that Michael Sweet has an amazing voice and the harmonies on the track are just as great as the original.

Now it’s time for you guys to vote on whose version you enjoy better, but you’re also going to vote on which cover was better as well. As always, you have until the next post to vote for whose version you enjoy the most.

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depeche-vs-lacunaLast week, we unveiled a new segment here on Moshpits and Movies titled Original Vs The Cover where we take a cover and pin it against the original track. This replaced our Cover Of The Week segment that we did and we started this whole thing out with Dead Or Alive taking on Dope with the song You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) at the center of it all. As promised, I have the results from last week and you all picked Dead Or Alive’s version as the best one. Now we move on to this week’s challenge and we have English Synthpop legends Depeche Mode’s version of Enjoy The Silence taking on Lacuna Coil’s 2006 cover of the track. Let’s check out the versions:

Depeche Mode– Depeche Mode were a British Synthpop group that by 1990 were already veterans with six albums already under their belts. In 1990, Depeche Mode would release their hit seventh album Violator to the world and it was an album that featured amazing tracks like Policy Of Truth, Personal Jesus, World In My Eyes, and our featured track for today. The track was a hit with fans as it rose to number one on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks as well as going number one in Spain and Denmark with various top five spots around the world too. Depeche Mode’s version of this track is legendary soaked in it’s synth driven dance beats with David Gahan’s amazing vocals on top of it to give it that goth dance flavor.

Lacuna Coil– An Italian Gothic Metal band that was already seasoned veterans with three albums under their belt when they released their fourth album Karmacode. Karmacode featured tracks like Our Truth, Closer, Within Me, and the band’s cover of the track Enjoy The Silence as it peaked at number 28 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. If there was ever a way to make the song more Gothic, it was definitely by making a metal version of it which is what Lacuna Coil did adding the distortion and a Bass player to the track. I loved that Cristina Scabbia took command of the vocals on the track while Andrea Ferro handled the background vocals. I also enjoyed the crunch they gave the song with the dual guitars and the drums.

Once again, it is up to you guys to decide whose version of Enjoy The Silence do you enjoy listening to. You have until the next post to decide, so choose wisely and vote!!!

dead-vs-dopeSo I just wanted to fill you all in on what this particular post is all about because there is no longer going to be a cover of the week post (at least not like how it used to be). The way we are doing this now is that not only are we looking at the cover version of the song, but we are also looking at the original version and we are comparing the two. I will give my opinion and then I’ll leave it up to you to decided which is better? The original version of the song or the cover version? The first one that we are doing for this week is in honor of late Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns who passed away recently from cardiac arrest. Here we are pinning Dead Or Alive’s version of You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) against the 2000 cover by Nu Metal band Dope.

Dead Or Alive: Dead Or Alive was a British New Wave Pop group that needed that big hit to get them over with the crowd. Their prayers were answered when the band released their sophomore album Youthquake which featured the singles In Too Deep, Lover Come Back To Me, and the featured track You Spin Me Round (Like A Record). When the track was released, it was an instant hit as it reached number one in the UK, Canada, Ireland, Switzerland, and it went number 11 in the US (US Billboard Hot 100). The sound of the track was very unique to it’s time and place because it was one of the hottest dance club hits. I have to say that I loved Pete Burns vocals on the track which are deep goth style vocals which was popular in those times especially with UK Post Punk. You’ll notice that it’s keyboard heavy because there’s no guitars on the track.

Dope– Dope was a Nu-Metal band that was rising in status when they decided to take a shot at the track as they originally covered the song for the American Psycho Soundtrack. Just like the track had done for Dead Or Alive, it catapulted Dope in stardom at the time as the track rose and peaked at number 37 on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks that year. The band would later release the track onto a special re-release of their debut album Felons and Revolutionaries. What Dope did for the track is they added some heavy guitars and they industrialized the keyboard beats to give it a heavier sound as well. Edsel Dope also delivers some heavy low growling vocals to the track as well. It’s actually one of my favorite covers of all time.

Now it’s time for all of you to buckle down and vote as to who wins this round of Originals Vs The Covers. You have until next week’s Original vs The Covers to decide the winner.

This past week (September 12TH) Metal Hammer Magazine released a special CD to commemorate 30 years that the magazine has been around called Decades Of Destruction. The magazine acquired the likes of bands like The Devin Townsend Project, New Years Day, Asking Alexandria, Sabaton, Hacktivist, and today’s band that we are featuring Korn.  The band covers a Faith No More track, but not what you think they would (or maybe you would). The band covers the classic We Care A Lot track that featured original singer Chuck Mosley. Korn does an amazing job handling the music part while Jonathan Davis shines on vocals. The band pretty much makes the track their own by updating the sound of the track with that heavy bass slapping from Fieldy. You should definitely check this one out as well as the rest of the record which also features a killer cover of an Accept song by The Devin Townsend Project.