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war of the covers love machineI have always had the motto that if at first you don’t succeed then you try and try again which is definitely the case this week. Before we get into this week’s War Of The Covers, we are here to inform you that Vader won last week’s challenge by gaining 78% of the votes making their version of Slayer’s Silent Scream the king. This week we have an interesting battle for all of you out there as we attempt something we have never done before. This week we have an unsigned/independent band taking on a nationally signed act in this week’s War Of The Covers. For this week’s battle, we are looking at legendary LA metal act W.A.S.P. whose seminal hit from their self titled 1984 debut L.O.V.E. Machine which is the subject of our battle this week. In 2002, metal act Fozzy which features WWE wrestler Chris Jericho released a cover of the song for their second studio album Happenstance. In 2007, legendary Unsigned/Independent act Fallen Man released their 3RD full length album Reborn which featured a cover of the track. Now only one of these versions can reign supreme and it’s totally up to you guys to decide so choose wisely and just have fun doing it.

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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 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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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.

At one time or another, Marilyn Manson was one of those guys who could cover a song successfully by making it his own. I figured since Marilyn is coming to town with Slipknot on the 5TH of July, I would feature a Marilyn Manson cover as the cover of the week. Manson has gone on to cover a lot of songs in his career, but for today I chose his cover of The Doors classic Five To One as this week’s cover of the week. Marilyn recorded the cover of the track for the Stoned Immaculate: The Music of the Doors, but it went unreleased at first before appearing as a b-side for the single for Disposable Teens. Supposedly, he recorded the track with The Doors member Robby Krieger and it sounds absolutely amazing. The track is beefed up and distorted for a whole new generation to enjoy and Manson does a great job vocally making the track his own instead of trying to sound like Morrison. Check out the track below and be sure to check out Manson on tour with Slipknot this summer while you are at it.

We’ve gotten a little lazy around here and to be perfectly honest that has been all my fault as we have been focusing on the other blog. Nevertheless, the show must go on and we have a very cool Cover of the week for all of you. Revocation is one of the hottest metal bands from Boston right now and the band is gearing up to release their sixth studio album Great Is Our Sin on July 22nd via Metal Blade Records. So to help pass the time until then, I have decided to select a cover the band did that was featured as a bonus track on the band’s third studio album Chaos Of Forms. The band covered Faith No More’s Surprise! You’re Dead and it kicks major ass. The band takes the track and they turn into an all out metal assault which is just awesome. It’s just one of those covers that just seems natural that it would work and you can check it out below:

This week’s choice for Cover Of The Week I will admit that I am not sure if it’s a weird one or a typical choice, but I am leaning towards the latter. While Nikki Sixx swore to the world that he would never play Motley Crue songs with Sixx: A.M., he did just that for a French radio show as Sixx: A.M. covered Motley Crue’s Live Wire. The only cool thing about the cover is like Nikki Sixx said in a tweet, “True but the band had a great idea to do a haunting version just for French Radio” which is what the band did on the La Bande Originale de Nagui radio show. The song is performed acoustically and it’s slowed down dramatically giving it that haunting feeling that Nikki is talking about. James Michael does an amazing job handling the vocals giving the track a whole new life to it. It was very impressive to hear and you guys should check it out. The band is currently touring Europe, but they’ll be back in the states later on. Check out all their tour dates here.