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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.

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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:

john-carpenter-halloween-making-ofWe have an interesting War Of The Covers for all of you this week considering we are 13 days in October as we get ready for the best holiday of the year in Halloween. Today, Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross made a splash today on Friday The 13TH when they decided to release their cover of the John Carpenter classic theme song Halloween Theme. So, I figured we would have a contest to see who covered John Carpenter’s classic theme better. One of the contenders that we for you has been working with Marilyn Manson as of late and has done work with Rob Zombie. In 2009, Rob once again chose Tyler Bates to record a version of the theme for their 2009 film Rob Zombie’s Halloween II. In the other corner as previous stated, we have the master of industrial teaming up with long time collaborator Atticus Ross as they record a creepier version of the classic theme song for all to hear. Now as always, it is completely up to you the fans to decide who did the better job with the theme and who made it their own. You have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide and just a reminder about the last one. Zakk Sabbath edged out Faith No More’s version of War Pigs. As always have fun and let the best theme win.

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War Of The Covers War PigsI have always felt that Black Sabbath is one of those bands that you can do a million of these War Of The Covers because they are the most influential metal bands of all time. Hence the reason we are doing Black Sabbath once again this week for War Of The Covers. The last war of the covers saw Gotthard take on Stryper to decide who covered Led Zeppelin’s The immigrant Song better (Gotthard won), but this week we have a couple of interesting and unique bands taking on each other. In one corner, we have a former protege of the great Ozzy Osbourne paying tribute to the man who discovered him in New Jersey to a band that carved their own path in a world full of hair and thrash metal whose drummer was also in Ozzy’s solo band at one time. In 1989, funk metal titans Faith No More with their brand new lead singer at the time Mike Patton released their seminal hit The Real Thing which featured the band covering the track. In 2016 I believe, Zakk Wylde, the heavy metal guitar virtuoso started a tribute band to Black Sabbath called Zakk Sabbath. In 2017, they released a live EP called Live In Detroit which features the cover of War Pigs. It’s Zakk Wylde vs Mike Bordin in the battle of the former band mates, but most importantly who covered it better? It’s up to you to ultimately decide and you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide. Oh by the way, we’ve decided to give you Faith No More’s live version of the track as reference.

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War Of The Covers Immigrant SongLast week, we had one of the best battles that we have ever had even though it was a blowout. The band that recorded the best version of The Sound Of Silence according to you that voted is Bobaflex. That is all you have to is just click and vote so that the version you love wins. This week we have another good one for all of you guys to decide on. It is absolutely no secret that I am a huge fan of a particular Led Zeppelin track that has been attached to the trailer of the brand new Thor: Ragnarok film in the classic The Immigrant Song. Led Zeppelin recorded and released the track on their Led Zeppelin III album in 1970. There are dozens of different covers of the track, but I chose two tracks from two distinctly different rock bands from two different eras. Stryper was a christian metal band that got their start in the 1980’s with powerful releases like Soldiers Under Command and To Hell With The Devil. For Swiss rock titans Gotthard, their journey began in 1992 with their self titled debut. Unfortunately for Gotthard, they would lose their beloved lead singer Steve Lee in 2010 to a motorcycle accident, but the band has soldiered on. In 1996, on the Asian release of their third studio album G., Gotthard would record a cover of the track for the album. In 2011, Stryper would record a cover of the song for their all covers album The Covering. As always you have until the very next War Of The Covers to decide and as always just have fun with it.

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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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