Sunday Sesh: Uncovered

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Sunday, jealous of its undoubtedly better and more popular neighbour Saturday, desperately tries to avoid association with the abhorrence of sibling Monday, fooling none. In a vein attempt to regain your trust,it  exclaims that it’s “still a weekend day”; this statement exudes the kind of dejection which Thursday feeds off, who’ll no doubt tell his raucous mate Friday. Then it’s only matter of time until the whole fucking week knows, commencing the monotonous cycle of mockery yet again. Well, Sunday has got one up its sleeve. This time Sunday will have the last laugh. Join in Sunday’s retribution, the Sunday Sesh

Last time on the Sunday Sesh we looked at whether seasonal variation has implications on your listening habits, it was interesting reading about what sounds Autumn makes you put in your ears. This week I would like you to think about cover songs. Specifically, unexpected metal ones. Whether it be that the band has rendered a non-metal song ‘metallic’ or they’ve just picked a song completely out of what you would consider to be natural for them to attempt. This is part one. Part two will entail you coming up with a song that you would like to see a band perform. “Easy”, you say. Well, there’s just one catch – the band performing the cover must still be able to do it (i.e. current bands or members still living), no defunct or deceased types please. Also, maybe add a little description for each, about why you chose these combinations.

For example, in my last couple of years at high school I really enjoyed Tool‘s cover of ‘No Quarter’ by Led Zeppelin. Two very successful but equally polarising bands among our group. While not an obvious choice for Tool to attempt, this cover works on a number of levels and ends up clocking in at a substantially longer length than the original. Even though Maynard doesn’t attempt to hit the highs of Plant (which are somewhat subdued on this track anyway), he brings his own quirks to the table and does the original justice. I still enjoy listening to this cover when I’m in a certain mood.

Close the door, put out the light
You know they won’t be home tonight
The snow falls hard and don’t you know?
The winds of Thor are blowing cold
They’re wearing steel that’s bright and true
They carry news that must get through

They choose the path where no-one goes
They hold no quarter

Walking side by side with death, The devil mocks their every step
The snow drives back the foot that’s slow, The dogs of doom are howling more
They carry news that must get through, To build a dream for me and you

They choose the path where no-one goes

They hold no quarter. They ask no quarter
The pain, the pain without quarter
They ask no quarter
The dogs of doom are howling more


I had something in mind for my uncovered selection when coming up with this post but in the period between thinking “that’d be awesome to hear” and writing this piece, it has completely slipped away. Rather than try and salvage it from the depths of my puny brain I decided to forge forward and come up with something else. Opting for something well-known rather than proposing that an obscure Indonesian sludge band cover a defunct 90’s crust song seemed preferable for the article. With that in mind, I think hearing Mammoth Grinder cover an old Slayer song would be killer. Say if they slowed down something like ‘Silent Scream’ and let their crushing guitar tone obliterate all in sight. Pounding out ‘Postmortem’s’ simplistic yet no-less savage verse riffs would also work well. But I think I’d really like to hear them do their take on ‘Haunting The Chapel’. That would make my scales really flare-up.

[N.b. I chose this particular link for the quality MS paint skills of the uploader.]

Now it’s your turn to let loose! Hit us with your unexpected and uncovered selections in the comments below.

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  • OldMetalHead

    This one by Dopethrone is starting to grow on me.
    https://youtu.be/kVi2xU19jTA

    • Dagon

      I need to hear this!

  • Thanks Obama!

    I always respected and was surprised by this cover of Sentenced’s “Broken” by Dark Tranquillity…especially by the, (at the time) surprising clean vocals.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7XwF8RvCUE

  • Thanks Obama!

    Since I’m on a total Cattle Decapitation kick, (that new one is…you all know) I was thinking with their recent addition of clean-ish vocals, that I would love to hear them cover an epic-sounding song…sort of like this Emperor tune. I think Travis Ryan could annihilate this song!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OyjMLvsKw3k

    • Waynecro

      I love that Emperor song. It’s one of my favorites.

  • Post metal/ sludge band Kruger does a great cover of Depeche Mode’s “I Feel You.” They managed to make it heavy while staying true to the original.
    http://youtu.be/idURuxxFkXI

  • M Shadows!

    CLEARLY AVENGED SEVENFOLD’S RECENT COVER OF THE BLACK ALBUM IS THE BEST. WE EVEN CHANGED THE LYRICS!

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      BUT!!!!!!! BLACK ALBUM SUCK FIRST TIME AROUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • and every consecutive time

        • CyberneticOrganism

          OFF TA NEVA NEVA LAYAND, HYAH HEAH!!!

    • COAL ROLL

      They wanted to know

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      I like Wall Of Voodoo. They had a great cover of Ring Of Fire.

  • Brujeria covering the Macerena was good for a laugh.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7y6OWW0YVHM

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    When Purson was doing a tour Kickstarter back in 2013, one of the perks was a cover tune of your choice. I didn’t contribute but I suggested Coven’s ‘Coven In Charring Cross’ and I was told they’d consider doing it anyway.

  • RuIN?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_hveXzklMA

    Throwdown has it going like a turbo Vette.

  • Commander Shepard

    I prefer cemetery desecration’s cover of cattle decapitation’s reverse exanguination, but it’s not a popular opinion

  • Boss the Ross

    Though not particularly a band covering another, Abbath, of Immortal fame, had a side project called Bombers that was a Motorhead tribute band. And it was top notch. Just check out this cover of No Class.

    https://youtu.be/Mnad1pIC8kU

  • Boss the Ross

    On Clutch’s 2009 effort, Strange Cousins From The West, covered Argentian guitarist Pappo’s Algo Ha Cambiado, from his 1971 album Pappo’s Blues. Though it is rather an odd choice of a cover, it is bad ass nontheless. Neil Fallon even sings in Spanish.

    https://youtu.be/-iHTIbGSHHw

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Possibly my favorite cover ever

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TmVwjqzMiHc

    • JWEG

      I’m partial to the Moonsorrow cover of “For Whom the Bell Tolls”, so that’s related.

      I think I played the original so much as a teenager that I got sick of it. The cover, though, remains something I revisit often.

    • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

      As chance would have it, I just posted their cover of Oingo Boingo’s ‘Insects’.

  • Boss the Ross

    Another one I definitely did not see coming, grind legends Anal Cunt covering ManOwaR’s Gloves of Metal. Leather! Metal! Spikes! And Chains!
    Nsfw album art
    https://youtu.be/wsD7PUspbK0

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      Anal Cunt’s version of Unbelievable is better than the original

      • Boss the Ross

        Woah there buddy.
        Nobody is better than ManOwaR. They’re the Kings of Metal.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          So do you wanna carry on talking guitars or

          • Boss the Ross

            Sorry man, I didnt see that last thing you posted. Jacksons can definitely get up there price wise. Their lower end stuff isnt too overly bad though. I was playing on a $300 rhodes a ciuple weeks back, it was decent. A couple upgrades, new pickups, hardware etc over some time can get you a killer axe though at not so big a price gouge.

            My main guitar is a Mexican Fender strat. Last year I wanted to get a new guitar but didnt have the cash. Instead i replaced the pickups, with a set that was on sale, refinished the body and put on new bridge saddles. Plays, feels and sounds like a completely new guitar, but for a third of the price.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I played a SL2 the other day. Really nice but not £700 nice. I think if I’m going to get a superstrat it’ll have to be a gloss black schecter with an ebony board because I have an illogical hatred of rosewood boards.

          • Boss the Ross

            I’m not a big fan of rosewood either, maple or ebony for me.

            I meant to ask, what exactly happened to your bridge?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            Saddle stripped on the low E. Asked down at the shop about it and they said they’d order a set of stainless steel saddles for me. Whatever happens it’ll probably be an improvement.

          • Boss the Ross

            Damn, that blows.
            But you can rebuild it, make it stronger, faster.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I think there might have been a problem with the bridge plate itself which stopped the saddle from moving… Ibanez hardware somehow manages to be worse than their necks.

          • Boss the Ross

            Ha, good ol ibanez, another hit or miss brand with me. Which model is it?

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            RG421, natural finish. Easy to solo on, impossible to play any chord other than the RSI chord at the top of the neck because of how thin and flat it is.

          • Boss the Ross

            Those look pretty nice. It sucks to hear about the playability though. Knecks are usually the problem i have with Ibanez.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            With that said, the upper range ibanezes play like butter. Admittedly you could probably say that about any grand-plus guitar, but still.

          • Boss the Ross

            The only problem with grand-plus guitars is that you have to pay more than a grand for them. Funny how that works out, but I guess that comes with the territory.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            I’ve been looking at some Parker guitars on eBay. They seem really good for the money.

          • Boss the Ross

            I’ve heard nothing but good things about those. Unfortunately i haven’t had the chance to play one though.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            What I really need is a baritone but Schecter have this habit of not making the scale length obvious. I feel kinda cramped on a 25# scale, even in c# with 12-60s.

          • Boss the Ross

            I’d like to get my hands on a nice baritone as well. They’re fun to play.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            It’s not just the playability, I’m 6’2 so regular scale guitars look weird on me. Usually they have thicker necks as well which is always a plus.

          • Boss the Ross

            Dang! I can imagine how that could be a problem, like a reverse Angus Young. You don’t want to look like this douchebag… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cd8a3a6e60ec713d3bedfb4cc23f09874c37d280d9eb12fb0608318c15850a6a.jpg

            I like thicker necks, as long as its not like playing a log.

          • Dave Vincent’s Perm

            It’s not so much the thickness as it is the curvature; the reason why I love Jacksons so much is because the shape of the neck and board feels a lot more natural. Of course, in an ideal world I’d be able to afford a custom Mayones baritone like Andy from MDB.

          • Boss the Ross

            Okay, yeah, I get what you mean.

            Those are gorgeous guitars, his particularly. Simple and elegant.

            The body, though strat style, just has a really nice look that makes it different than the rest. And his choice for finish is spot on.

          • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

            We have the technology! #6MillionDollarGuitar

          • Boss the Ross

            I have one but it only makes one sound…
            Nununununununu…

          • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

            Nunu (lol, which was my ex’s nickname for my ding a ling)?

            https://i.ytimg.com/vi/6FH4jyV7x6o/hqdefault.jpg

          • Boss the Ross

            I was going more for the 6 million dollar man sound effect.

            https://youtu.be/4OyIBuF73PQ

            As done by chevy chase

            https://youtu.be/DsqvVCm7VqY

          • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom
          • BEARD-SPLITTER

            Was it because of shape or color?

          • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

            Shape, I’m guessing.

      • Boss the Ross

        I mistakenly read that earlier as “Anal Cunt’s version is better than the original” in reference to Gloves of Metal.
        Yes, their cover of Unbelievable is indeed better than the original.

  • Dagon
    • Boss the Ross

      Such a cool version, completely out of left field with such an original take on the original.

      • Dagon

        Just so good. Their recent acoustics of their own songs are pretty dope too.

  • Dagon

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAmmr2phzNs

    Reverend Bizarre slows Beherit down to their usual craaaaaaaawl.

  • Vote for Jeb

    I know I’ve shared this before, but it is essential.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bSVJ9-rcnA

  • Old Man Doom

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrmIkdO4s0o 2.) I would like to see Enslaved actually record their cover of “Immigrant Song” to tape OR I would kill to see The Vision Bleak cover an Oingo Boingo song.

    • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom
      • Boss the Ross

        I honestly did not know this existed. Oingo Boingo is one of the greatest bands ever. Thank you for sharing.

        • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

          Indeed! I wish Elfman would get OB back together, but he’s 65 years old now, has permanent hearing damage from his years with them, and most likely is too busy with Tim Burton’s soundtracks. Plus that last part means a constant, solid paycheck.

          • Boss the Ross

            Indeed so. Going on stage jumping around and shouting “Wild Sex In The Working Class!” wouldn’t help with his health too much. He’s still one of my favorite composers/band leaders of all time though.

          • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

            Lol, I don’t think a 65 year old man jumping around singing ‘Little Girls’ would fly in this day and age, especially after the whole Jared Fogel thing.

          • Boss the Ross

            Most definitley.
            But they make him feel like he’s the only guy around.

  • Óðinn

    This cover of Heaven and Hell by Solitude Aeturnus is unbelievably good. Robert Lowe nails the vocal performance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCcatB9smio

    • OldMetalHead

      Dude! As a Ronnie fanboy I was all set to disagree with you, but you’re 100% right. This is phenomenal.

      • Óðinn

        Yeah, I know. Hard to believe until you hear it.

  • That opening paragraph: high literature.

    For a while it was rumored that Austrian blackish metal band Dornenreich was going to record a cover of Tori Amos’s “Little Earthquakes”, which would have been fantastic. Either this was a running joke or the band chickened out at the last minute.

    Thou does a lot of covers that sound interesting on paper, but are not. Turns out they’re at their best when covering Thou.

    I’ve scoured my collection and can’t find an example of a metal band somehow improving upon someone else’s song, let alone doing it any kind of justice. Maybe I’m missing something; for the most part I am not attracted to cover tunes.

    This isn’t exactly metal–and I could be thrown in the Gulag for saying it–but this cover of Jawbox’s “Savory”, a joint effort by Deftones and Far, is miles better than the original. Chills.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj1YOMxcUMs

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Sunday evenings are worse than mondays.

    Also, fuck A level maths.

  • JamesGrimm
    • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

      Love the original!

  • JWEG

    OT (forgive me): Hope this was noted in the FB page already, and I just didn’t know because I’m not a member. It seems like Hall found an interested party, so Handshake Inc. will go on under new management.

    https://twitter.com/Handshake_Inc/status/655811212794425344

  • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom
  • JWEG

    As far as metal covers of totally not metal tunes go, I think Alestorm does it best because they know (a) when to be serious (e.g. original = folk rock) and (b) when absolutely not to be even remotely serious (e.g. original = cheesy urban club pop).

    I love Stan Rogers (something I’d never admit out loud to my parents due to it completely undermining my teenage self), but this is a wonderfully anthemic take on a classic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Y_pUhrocUs

  • Max

    Call me contrarian, but I quite like Slayer’s cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” and also especially their rendition of the Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog”.

    In Flames’ attempt at Depeche Mode’s “Everything Counts” was pretty cool. As was Napalm Death’s “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” by the Dead Kennedys. Korn’s version of “Word Up” is better than most of their own songs.

    • Boss the Ross

      Excellent choices sir. Nothing wrong with those slayer tracks.

    • I cover up the cover of Depeche Mode.

  • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom
  • 3leggedDog

    Sunday, if unemployed as I currently am, is great because it’s beer and football and only the tiny nagging about having to should do something on Monday. It invariably gets put off til Wednesday.

    That said, in flames…land of confusion is on my list now (especially for pop covers). the absence covering testaments into the pit is sweet and slayer diisident aggressor. great recs from all.

  • JWEG

    Oh. How could I forget to mention this one.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itCQrrUnsxo

    Mind you, all of CoM’s covers of others are awesome.

  • Boss the Ross

    Even though its not too original of an idea, i would have really liked to hear The Sword cover Black Sabbath’s Into The Void as a bonus track for Warp Riders. I think it would have worked fairly decent with the sci fi aspects of the album.
    Their ZZ Top cover is good though.

    https://youtu.be/FawpCU_DP4Y

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    Akercocke’s cover of Chapel of Ghouls is pretty awesome,especially the solo

  • Iron Spagheti’O Nose Hair Doom

    Might not be metal, but surprised no one’s pulled up this one. Kinda creepy.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PWgA3PI7VQ

  • J.R.™

    I really want to hear Disturbed cover other songs from Simon and Garfunkle albums. AND HERE’S TO YOU MRS ROBINSON! JESUS LOVES YOU MORE THAN YOU WILL KNOW