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badwolveszombiecoverThis past week, the alternative/rock world took another huge hit when Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries passed away at the age of 46. Dolores and her amazing vocals were as iconic as the music she put out with the group and one band has decided to pay tribute to her. Dolores was in London where she was supposed to enter the studio to lend her vocals to her own track Zombie that was being covered by the band Bad Wolves. Unfortunately, she never made it to the studio and the band was left with the track, but nonetheless they finished the track. The band has gone the extra step with the track as they released it with all proceeds from the track going to Dolores’s three children. The cover is absolutely amazing and it may be one of the best covers of the year so far as Tommy Vext went all out sounding amazing. Tommy talks about the track and why Dolores wanted to be on it saying, “It was the greatest honor to know she liked our version and wanted to sing on it. We’re deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Dolores and by the fact that she’s leaving behind three children so we are donating the proceeds from the song to her kids.”

badwolvesband2017_638Tommy went on to talk about the track saying, “It’s such a powerful song and the themes are still so relevant, we wanted to release it in her memory,” he continues. “The original lyrics include the line ‘It’s the same old theme / Since nineteen-sixteen. In your head, in your head, they’re still fighting.’ It’s a reference to the IRA bombings during the Irish Rebellion. We changed that lyric to say ‘2018’ and she was really excited about that because the nations may have changed but we’re still fighting the same battles today. Humanity is still fighting to assert itself despite all the conflicts.” It’s an amazing track that you definitely need to check out and it’s right below. R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan

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One of my favorite non metal related acts has always been New Wave kings Duran Duran. Duran Duran wrote a lot of catchy songs that you couldn’t help, but love and so did so many other bands as well. We have seen covers of Duran Duran tracks from the likes of the Deftones, My Darkest Days, Reel Big Fish, Red, and today’s band Eagles Of Death Metal. In 2015, the band covered the song for their fourth studio album Zipper Down. However, the song became popular right after the attacks that happened at a club the band was performing at in Paris. Duran Duran agreed to donate all of the royalties from the track to charity. Fans in England tried to get the song to climb to number one on the UK charts right after the attack to show solidarity and compassion. The cover of the track itself is a very interesting one as Eagles take the track and they make it their own adding a desert rock vibe to it which is super cool as they made the track their own. Jesse Hughes vocals on the track are very incredible as well as he stayed true to the original while adding his own flare to it. Check out the track below:

One of the cool things about cover songs is sometimes hearing a track that you never thought would ever be covered by a particular artist. Five Finger Death Punch seems to be one of those artists that just seems to take songs that you wouldn’t think they’d cover and they a masterful job with it. In 2009, the band covered Bad Company by the band Bad Company on War Is The Answer and it was absolutely awesome. In 2013, the band covered the LL Cool J classic Mama Said Knock You Out on their album The Wrong Side Of Heaven and The Righteous Side Of Hell, Vol. 1. Now the band is back and despite all of the issues, they have a new cover for all of you. The band has a new album coming out which happens to be a greatest hits compilation entitled A Decade of Destruction that features the band covering The Offspring’s Ixnay On The Hombre classic Gone Away. The original had a dialed back energy until the chorus hit and the intensity was let loose, but things are a little different with this one. The band is able to take the track and they transform it to fit their needs and their style. Check it out for yourselves below and pick up A Decade Of Destruction as it is out now.

46A2A95400000578-0-image-a-61_1511523716468Marilyn Manson is a polarizing figure that has on the news off and on since the day he was brought into the mainstream light in the mid-nineties. Marilyn was in the news a couple of months ago for a couple of things like when a stage prop fell on to him causing him to break his leg or having to fire longtime bassist/guitarist Twiggy Ramirez who was accused of rape by Jack Off Jill singer Jessicka Addams. The year has been pretty big for Marilyn as he released Heaven Upside Down which is the follow up to his 2015 smash record The Pale Emperor. He is definitely one of my all time favorite singers in the rock world and I wanted to choose a Manson cover because he does covers right (most of the time). Back in 2012, Marilyn released his eight studio album in Born Villain which was a return to form for the band. The album contained a cover of Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain and what made the cover special is that it featured Johnny Depp playing guitar on the track. The track is bass driven of course, but it’s got a great beat and pace to it. The track also features Smash Mouth drummer Jason Sutter and Manson does an amazing job making the track his own. Check it out below:

in-flames-2017After a lot of thinking and observing, we decided that we were no longer going to do our War Of The Covers segment on the blog. There was just too much evidence to support the decision and we made it in favor of bringing back the Cover Of The Week post. So, I was trying to figure out who to bring back for our first Cover Of The Week post in over a year and it just so happens that In Flames is releasing an all covers EP titled Down, Wicked, and No Good which is available for streaming right now through Spotify. The track that I am spotlighting today is a track from a legendary synth pop band from the 80’s in Depeche Mode who have seen the likes of Marilyn Manson, Dope, Lacuna Coil, and so many more cover their tracks. Well, now you can add In Flames to the list as the band covers It’s No Good which is off Depeche Mode’s 1997 album Ultra.

InFlames_DWNGCoversEP_ArtworkIn Flames does an amazing job taking the synth pop heavy track and turning it into their own with the heavy guitars, but more importantly it’s Anders Friden who is a true highlight on the track. The band commented on the choosing of the track saying, “We’ve been fans of Depeche Mode since we were as young as 10. Getting to do our rendition of ‘It’s No Good’ showed us a different side of the song – it brought new meanings to us. We relate to the lyrics and power of the song so heavily that it almost feels as if we could have written it ourselves. They’re a band that we’ve always looked up to. Growing up, you either listened to Pop, Synths or Rock and even though we are a metal band, Depeche Mode inspired a lot of the electronic elements we use in our music today.” The band also covers Alice In Chains (Down In A Hole), Chris Issac (Wicked Game), and the Nine Inch Nails (a live cover of Hurt). Do yourself a favor and check out the track for yourselves, it showcases how In Flames has grown over the years. Check out the cool lyric video below:

War Of The Covers Sound Of SilenceIt’s been a couple of week since the last War Of The Covers that we did, but we are returning with a very good one this week. At one point, I did a cover of the week post here on the blog that got a lot of buzz because of the fact that it was a great cover by a great and underrated band. The cover was that of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 hit The Sound Of Silence by West Virginia rock band Bobaflex who covered the track for their 2011 album Hell In My Heart. One of the things I noticed that fans were saying was that they were comparing it to a version done by another band that goes by the name of Disturbed who released it on their 2015 Immortalized album. It always lingered in the back of my mind as to which version was better and who knew a folk song was going to garner so much buzz in the rock and metal world? Both versions of the song are amazing, but only one can come out of this as a winner and it’s up to you to decide and this is the place to do it. As always, you have until the next War of The Covers to decide on whose version you fancy more and have fun with it.

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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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