Posts Tagged ‘Warmen’

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.

For this week’s cover of the week, we look to an unlikely source for the material and we are talking about the legendary Heart. Heart is one of those bands that never got enough credit especially Ann Wilson who had an amazing vocal range. There was one band who was daring enough to take a track from Heart to cover and they picked an awesome, but difficult track.¬†Janne Viljami Wirman (or as he is affectionately known as Warman), you may know him as the keyboard player for Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom, but what you probably didn’t know is that he had a side project that he created called Warmen. They were a band that played mostly instrumentals with an occasional guest vocalist on a couple of tracks. In 2002, he decided to cover a track from Heart’s 80’s catalog in the song Alone with Kimberly Goss (vocalist for Sinergy) as the guest vocalist on the album Beyond Abilities. While, I have to agree with a lot of the critics in saying that she doesn’t exactly have the vocal range that Ann has, but she does a good job with it. The music for the cover is amazing as they turn the track into a power metal/ballad song. Check out the track for yourself and be the judge:

To continue celebrating our observance of the great holiday Halloween, I entered Somebody’s Watching Me in the search engine on Youtube for our latest Cover Of The Week entry. I always loved the Rockwell version ever since I watched the music video as a kid and you can’t help, but associate this song with Halloween. When I came across this version by Warmen, a group from Finland, I couldn’t help but notice that Alexi Laiho of Children Of Bodom was the picture you saw before you clicked on the video. I did a little research on the band Warmen and found out that the band was started by keyboardist¬†Janne Wirman who wanted to create instrumental music with occasional guest vocal spots. On the 2005 album Accept The Fact, the band decided to cover Rockwell’s Somebody’s Watching Me with Alexi as the guest vocalist. I really have to tell you that the song isn’t that bad as the band almost sticks to the original formula with the keyboards and synths during the verses before they kick it up a notch for the chorus. Alexi’s vocals are much like the music as he sings in a low tone during the verses and then he kicks it up with his signature scream during the choruses which makes for an interesting cover. To be perfectly honest, I wasn’t surprised to see that Alexi covered this considering he has covered so many 80’s Pop songs in his day like Poison’s Talk Dirty To Me, Eddie Murphy’s Party All The Time, as well as all the metal songs fromt he 80’s and 90’s he has covered too.