Posts Tagged ‘Cover Song’

I had been searching for weeks to find a way to pay tribute to Marie Fredriksson, the late singer of Swedish Pop Rock group Roxette who recently passed away after a long battle with Brain Cancer (December 9TH). Then as I was cruising Youtube looking for something to check out, I came across a rock band from Nebraska named Through Fire that covered the Roxette classic Listen To Your Heart for their recent release All Animal which was released via Sumerian Records and is this week’s Cover Of The Week. One of the things I was most impressed with when listening to this track besides the music was the vocals of Grant Joshua Kendrick who is able to go a little low vocally during the verses and then his ability to go a little higher during the choruses. It’s an amazing cover and I have provided the music video for you guys which is primarily a performance based music video. You can also catch the band live as they tour the country in 2020 with Fozzy and Royal Bliss so check out the tour dates here.

80456739_10157568836934597_6044723112530935808_nWhen Chester Bennington passed away in July of 2017, he left a huge hole behind in the hard rock scene. The well respected vocalist and lyricist was looked up to by a lot of people in the scene and by a lot of young bands. Eyes Set To Kill, the post hardcore/metalcore act from Phoenix, Arizona where Linkin Park originated from was one of those bands which is why they have decided to pay tribute to Chester by covering Points Of Authority which is off of the bands gigantic debut album Hybrid Theory. The band takes the Nu Metal classic they knock it right out of the park as the track features Philly rapper Whitney Peyton who takes care of Mike Shinoda’s lines even mixing in some of the Jay Z collaboration in there for good measure. One of the things that I have to say about the track as well is that I loved Alexia Rodriguez’s vocals on the track as she does an amazing job channeling the way Chester delivered the vocals, but also doing a great job making it her own. Check out the amazing cover below and check out Eyes Set To Kill on Facebook for more info.

batteryI have to admit on here that while I had heard of the Mexican duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, I had actually never sat down to listen to their music before today. I had no idea what to expect from the duo, but when I saw that they had covered Metallica’s Battery I was instantly curious. What discovered next was a beautiful acoustic rendition of the thrash classic from Metallica’s Master Of Puppets album. Rodrigo talks about why Battery saying, “It’s no secret that we love Metallica. Master of Puppets changed everything for us when we first heard it all those years ago.” Gabriela adds to the conversation saying, “We’ve played parts of ‘Battery’ in our live set for many years. We’re so happy to release our studio version in full for our fans. Thank you to the fans for coming with us on this trip, and eternal gratitude to Metallica for the incredible music.” The cover is part of a one sided 12-inch vinyl release that the duo plans to release as part of the Record Store Day Black Friday edition called Mettal. The one sided vinyl EP which features artist etching on one side is a companion piece release to the band’s latest record Mettalvolution and the EP also features them covering Megadeth’s Holy Wars and Slayer’s Seasons In The Abyss. There’s only 2500 copies that are going to be released that day so be on the look out for it. This isn’t the first time they have covered Metallica, check out their cover of One on their Live In Japan album. Check out the cover below:


IMG_7714The first time I ever heard the track God’s Gonna Cut You Down, the traditional folk song was by the man in black Johnny Cash who recorded the track for his album American V: A Hundred Highways. It was a different take then the usual versions that were recorded because his was a stripped down version as opposed to the gospel versions that came before it. Apparently during his Heaven Upside Down Tour, Marilyn Manson was performing the Johnny Cash version of the song live, but in fact he recorded a version of the track for the soundtrack to the 2017 film 24 Hours To Live. He talks about the song telling Loudwire, “I enjoyed doing it. I did it in one take and everyone thinks that Johnny Cash wrote it and I looked up the people that covered it and it was great because it’s Elvis, Tom Jones… It’s originally just some soul singer back in I don’t even know what era. The chords that Tyler [Bates] played, it was slightly similar to the version that we’re most familiar with, the one that Tom Jones and Johnny Cash did, most notably.” Check out the track below because Manson does an amazing job morphing his style into the track:


faintChester Bennington was a very influential figure to a whole entire generation because his pain was very real and the songs always seemed real. You could feel the pain in his vocals right on the track and he helped heel so many people because there were so many out there that felt that they had someone to look up to. Unfortunately, Chester took his own life in 2017, but no matter what his legacy lives on and there is one band out there paying tribute to Chester and Linkin Park and it’s Nashville’s own Memphis May Fire. In 2018, the band released their sixth studio album Broken, but to get fans pumped up for this years Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival, they decided to record and release the cover of Linkin Park’s Faint, the classic from 2003’s Meteora. The band tried to stay as true to the original song as they possibly could, but that doesn’t mean they did inject a little bit of their flavor into it. A lot of credit goes to the band’s singer, Matty Mullins, who handled both Chester and Mike Shinoda’s vocal parts. The little bit of flavor they inject is from Marty who adds a little something into Shinoda’s parts which is absolutely awesome.

53-og.pngMarty talked about the track and how they approached it saying, “A lot of times, when covering a song, you’re doing it for fun or to showcase your skills as an artist. But this specific opportunity was a chance for us to honor a band that has had a profound impact on us. There will never be another Linkin Park and there will never be another Chester Bennington. We are forever grateful for the music they made and we hope this cover will encourage our younger fans to dive into the Linkin Park discography and discover the same inspiration that we did years ago.” He is absolutely right and you should dive into their catalog, but in the meantime, check out the amazing cover. You can also check out the band alongside The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, Sum 41, The Story So Far, Atreyu, Sleeping With Sirens, Andy Black, Four Year Strong, Trophy Eyes, Meg & Dia, Juliett Simms and Hyro the Hero on the Rockstar Energy Disrupt Festival this summer.


shout cover of the weekWe are continuing to celebrate Mötley Crüe week here on Moshpits and Movies thanks to the release of the Netflix biopic The Dirt which was released this past Friday (March 22ND). Mötley Crüe are one of those bands that was very influential as they were the leaders of the pack back in their time so it’s safe to say they influenced a lot of bands. Steel Panther is a band that pays tribute to the decadent days of the 80’s in a very exaggerated way, but that is the fun of it. While on tour in Indianapolis back in December of 2018, Steel Panther were on stage at the Old National Centre and they performed Shout At The Devil live and thanks to Fat Samurai on Youtube, we can watch it and it kicks ass. I am not 100% sure who is playing bass for the band in the video, but he’s doing his best impression of Nikki Sixx which I give him credit for. Satchel does an incredible job shredding on guitar while Michael Starr takes the vocals to a whole other level. Check out the live performance below:

8th annual me awardsIt is that time of the year where we begin celebrating all the best of the previous year and as usual, we here at Moshpits and Movies are once again handling the music and movie side of the awards. We are unfortunately not working together with 365 Movies Challenge blog any longer, but we have reacquired Mr. X’s Punch Out who will handle the wrestling side of things. For right now though, we are looking at the music side of the awards which is now in it’s eighth year and we are pretty excited. Besides the usual awards for Album of the Year, Metal Album of the Year, etc., we have added a couple of new categories to the awards which are Cover of the Year and Rookie of the Year. Every year, there are plenty of bands that record covers of famous songs they love from bands and we want to celebrate by voting for the best one. Much like cover of the year, there are always new bands that pop onto our radar and we want to celebrate them as well. We tried our best to not include supergroups, but rather if it’s their current and only focus then they are allowed. So, now we just want to hear from YOU guys and see who you pick to win each award. You have until March 13TH to decide so choose wisely and just have some fun.

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

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.