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War Of The Covers New The Mob RulesLast week, we had one heck of a triple threat match that saw Krokus come from behind to win by two votes in who covered Sweet’s The Ballroom Blitz better. Well now for this week’s War Of The Covers, we have another epic triple threat match that features some real titans of metal covering one of the greatest voices in Metal. In 2010, the world lost one of the greats in Ronnie James Dio in a battle with cancer. Ronnie left behind an epic legacy that included music with Rainbow, solo material, and his time with Black Sabbath which we are looking at today. In 1981, Black Sabbath would release their second album with Dio in The Mob Rules which featured the epic title track which is our focus today. In 2002, heavy metal band Fozzy which features members of Stuck Mojo with wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song on their album Happenstance. In 2011, Iced Earth would release their tenth album Dystopia with Stu Block on vocals that featured a cover of the track. In 2013, Adrenaline Mob, the band that featured John Moyer of Disturbed and Mike Portnoy formerly of Dream Theater would release a covers EP called Covertà that featured a cover of the track as well. Now only one cover of The Mob Rules can reign supreme and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide so choose wisely and have fun with it.

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war of the covers ballroom blitzWe are about to turn things up here on Moshpits and Movies with this week’s War Of The Covers, but before we do that let’s check out last week’s results. Last week we had guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen take on Testament to see who covered the Scorpions The Sails Of Charon and unfortunately the tab was paid and Testament is being sent to Hades in the afterlife as Yngwie held on to win by a vote. 1970’s glam rock act Sweet has been the jam lately for me with their track Fox On The Run being included in the Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack and just the other day I was watching Wayne’s World when a cover of their classic The Ballroom Blitz was featured in the film. So for this week’s War Of The Covers, I decided that The Ballroom Blitz would be at the center of attention this week. The only question going in was who were the bands I was going to choose for this and I have the answer for you and it’s another triple threat match. In 1984, Swiss heavy metal act Krokus would release a cover of the song on their album The Blitz. In 1991, thrash metal band Nuclear Assault would record and release the cover on their album Out Of Order. In 1992 as part of the Wayne’s World Soundtrack, Tia Carrere would release a version of the track that featured her “band” Crucial Taunt that featured Marc Ferrari, George Foster, and Anthony Focx. Remember only one version can win this and it’s up to you to decide who wins. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide who wins so choose carefully!

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war of the covers Sails Of Charon.jpgWe have an interesting battle for you guys this week, but before we get into it we have last week’s results. In a stunning fashion, Cavalera Conspiracy walloped Cannibal Corpse by 14 votes as you voted that they covered Possessed’s The Exorcist better. In this week’s War Of The Covers, we have a battle that pins a guitar maestro against some bay area thrash titans in a match for the ages. Most people in the world know the Scorpions for tracks like No One Like You, Rock You Like A Hurricane, Big City Nights, and their cover of The Who’s I Can’t Explain. What most people do not realize is that there is a whole catalog of great seventies music from the band that at one time featured the great Uli Jon Roth on guitars. In 1977, the Scorpions would release their fifth album Taken By Force which featured this week’s featured song The Sails Of Charon which is a guitar player’s dream track. In 1996, guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen released an all covers album entitled Inspiration which featured the track sung by Mark Boals. In 1997, Bay Area Thrash titans Testament would record and release a cover of the song for their greatest hits album Signs Of Chaos: The Best Of Testament. Now only one track can reign supreme while the other will be sent to Charon with payment for travel past the rivers Styx and Acheron to the land of the dead. You have until the next War Of The Covers to decide who is victorious.

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war of the covers possessedThis week we have a history lesson of sorts for all of you out there, but before we do that we have to inform you of the results of last weeks War Of The Covers. In a match to decide who covered Iron Maiden’s Hallowed Be Thy Name better, you all overwhelmingly decided that Machine Head’s version was better than Cradle Of Filth’s. As I said before we have a history lesson for all of you modern death metal fans out there that need to learn the history of your genre. Back in 1985, the first album to be considered the first death metal record was released and it was by Bay Area Death Metallers Possessed with the highly influential Seven Churches album. In the same vein as Venom had done with naming an album Black Metal, Possessed did the same thing with a track called Death Metal, but that is not the song we are focusing on. The albums opener The Exorcist which was based off of the film and even featured producer Randy Burns performing Tubular Bells which is performed the same way as it was in the film The Exorcist. The song and album were so influential that in 1993, Cannibal Corpse recorded a cover of the song for their Hammer Smashed Face EP. In 2008, with the newly reunited Cavalera Brothers (Igor & Max) forming Cavalera Conspiracy, they recorded a cover of the track as a bonus track for their debut album Inflikted. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered the song better and you have until the next War Of The Covers to do so.

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war of the covers hallowed be thy nameLast week, we had all of you battle it out to decide who covered Alice Cooper’s He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) for War Of The Covers. You guys voted and you decided that One Man Army and the Undead Quartet had he better version. This week we have a monumental battle between two bands from very different backgrounds in metal united for one simple reason and that is their love of Iron Maiden. The song I chose for you guys to battle it out over has been in the news lately because of a little controversy called a songwriting dispute. In 1982, Iron Maiden released the album The Number Of The Beast which contained a track that would be played in almost every concert since then in the track Hallowed Be Thy Name. If you want to read all about the controversy, then you can do so here at NME.com because it’s no longer being played live. Anyways, there are two bands that have covered the song with one being a black metal band from England and the other being a metal band from Oakland, CA. In 2002, UK Black Metal legends Cradle Of Filth recorded a cover of the track for a compilation album that had two discs in Lovecraft & Witch Hearts. In 2007, Oakland metal outfit Machine Head recorded a cover of the song as part of a bonus disc to their sixth album The Blackening. Now as you know, only one cover can come out triumphant and make to the radio playlist for later this year. So, choose wisely, but most importantly just vote and let your voices be heard. You have until next week to decide!

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war of the covers copy He's BackLast week, we had an interesting triple threat match that saw Anthrax do battle with Tarot and Godspeed featuring Bruce Dickinson to decide who covered Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath better. You voted and decided that ultimately without contest that Anthrax had the best version. I want to let you guys know that coming in the fall will be my fourth Alumni Weekend Takeover at my Alma Mater and by voting, you are deciding what I am going to play because the winners of the War Of The Covers will be played on the show as we do a covers segment this year. With that being said, it is time to move on to this week’s War Of The Covers which features a track from the king of Shock Rock in Alice Cooper. Back in 1986, Alice recorded a track for the Friday The 13TH Part VI: Jason Lives soundtrack called He’s Back (The Man Behind The Mask) (It was also on the album Constrictor) that was epic with those synths and that cool bass line. This week we have two interesting bands in a European match as Sweden’s One Man Army and The Undead Quartet take on Finland’s Warmen featuring Alexi Laiho. One Man Army… covered the track for their 2007 album Error In Evolution while Warmen covered the song with Alexi of Children Of Bodom on vocals for their 2014 album First Of The Five Elements. Now it’s up to you guys to decide who covered it better and who makes the show this fall. You have until the next War Of The Covers post to decide.

war of the covers sabbath bloody sabbathLast week we had Symphonic Death Metal legends Dimmu Borgir battle it out with Prog metal giants Dream Theater to see who covered Deep Purple’s classic 1984 title track Perfect Strangers. You voted and Dimmu Borgir were the winners of that battle and now we have another one for all of you. This week instead of just two bands battling for supremacy, we have a triple threat match for all of you out there with some serious contenders. Black Sabbath has often been credited as the godfathers of Heavy Metal and there have been a lot of metal bands since them that have covered their music. So, this week, we are going to decide who covered the title track to their seminal fifth album Sabbath Bloody Sabbath. In one corner, we have the most underrated member of Thrash Metal’s Big Four in New York Thrash legends Anthrax who covered the track for their 1987 EP I’m The Man. In another corner, we have American metal band Godspeed who teamed up with legendary NWOBHM vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden for the Black Sabbath tribute album Nativity In Black. Lastly in 2006, Finnish Metal band Tarot covered the track for their fifth album For The Glory Of Nothing.