Top 10 best Metallica covers
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I’m not a man who watches much TV. In fact, I think 90% of modern television is an enflamed sore on the ass-cheek of entertainment. But, nonetheless, I found myself channel-hopping last night and something caught my eye: a trailer for the upcoming Gears of War 4. It was only a short teaser, but what stood out to me more than anything was that its soundtrack was a snippet from a cover of Metallica’s emotional classic ‘Nothing Else Matters’. It was a pretty generic rendition of a practically perfect song, but it soon got me thinking about far superior tributes to the self-professed “biggest metal band on the planet”. And here they are: 10) Mastodon – ‘Orion’ This is here purely because I adore Mastodon’s bassist/singer Troy Sanders, and for years I thought hearing his four-string lay out the riffs of the legendary Cliff Burton was something I could only dream of. Or at least, that was until I scoured the dark depths of the web and found out that Sanders and his three Georgian bandmates had covered ‘Orion’, the beloved instrumental from Master of Puppets (1986). This version is very similar to the thirty-year-old original, the only difference being that the remake adds a dirt under its nails that is unmistakably Mastodon’s own. 9) Hatebreed – ‘Escape’ ‘Escape’ is one of the most underrated songs in Metallica’s entire canon. The deepest cut from their sophomore record Ride the Lightning (1984), it is despised by Metallica themselves as it was created after pressure from their label insisted that the album contained one accessible, radio-friendly single. But since the band never released the track as a single, the whole song became an entirely pointless exercise; since its inception 22-years-ago, ‘Escape’ has only played live in its entirety once. But every cloud has a silver lining. Somehow, the hardcore punk-inspired five-piece took Metallica’s most commercial-sounding song and transformed it into a heavy, groove metal number with a melodic tendency not often demonstrated by the balls-to-the-wall Hatebreed. In this regard, it did exactly what any cover version should do; expanded on both the original song itself and the range of the band that is performing it. 8) Rob Scallon – ‘Enter Sandman’ (backwards version) Musically, this rendition of what is arguably Metallica’s best known song is utter crap. However, it has earnt a slot on this list purely because of its achievements technically. For those who haven’t heard of him before (and you really should have, because he’s one of the best musicians on YouTube right now), Rob Scallon is a metalhead that has gone viral more times than herpes. And rightfully so, because his videos boggle the mind. This man has covered Slayer’s ‘Angel of Death’ on a banjo, performed every Metallica song in just four minutes and, at the peak of his lunacy, covered ‘Enter Sandman’… backwards. Just watch it. For the love of God, do it. 7) Disturbed – ‘Fade to Black’ Disturbed has never been the subtlest of rock bands, but going from their cover of the emotionally visceral ‘Fade to Black’ alone, you wouldn’t be able to tell. This rendition of ‘Fade…’ has only been performed live by the American quartet three times and never committed to tape, making it an extreme rarity. But it is definitely something that hardcore followers of both Metallica and Disturbed need to seek out. The cover sees the vocals of front-man David Draiman switch from his signature bark to a more mellow delivery, as well as opening with an awesome solo from shredder Dan Donegan, who channels Kirk Hammett’s sound down to a tee. This version of ‘Fade to Black’ may be condensed at just four minutes in length, but nonetheless it is still a must-listen. 6) Van Canto – ‘Master of Puppets’ Van Canto’s version of the timeless ‘Master of Puppets’ – the title track to arguably the most important metal album ever made – is not here because it’s a good cover. It’s here because it’s, quite simply, hilarious.
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