I like these cover songs. What other cover songs would I like?
November 27, 2017 12:10 PM   Subscribe

I like Disturbed's cover of "The Sound of Silence" and Five Finger Death Punch's cover of "House of the Rising Sun." I think the commonalities are cover of oldish song by metal-y band. What other songs would I like?
posted by misanthropicsarah to Grab Bag (30 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
LOL I used to love Orgy's version of New Order's Blue Monday But it isn't terribly old.

Oh - but Nirvana did a cover of Leadbelly's Where did you Sleep Last Night and that's a fairly old song.
posted by Dressed to Kill at 12:13 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

I think there's a good chance that you would like Paradise Lost's Small Town Boy.
posted by threetwentytwo at 12:23 PM on November 27, 2017

Alien Ant Farm's rendition of "Smooth Criminal" perhaps?

This article has some good suggestions.

Edit to add: So does this one.
posted by kindall at 12:37 PM on November 27, 2017

Killdozer's version of Neil Diamond's "I Am, I Said," or anything on their For Ladies Only album?
posted by queensissy at 12:43 PM on November 27, 2017

Godhead - Eleanor Rigby
posted by unreasonable at 12:45 PM on November 27, 2017

I have a playlist on Spotify where I collect these but also pop song covers by metal or punk bands. On mobile now, but these are the ones I see that may qualify:
Maniac, covered by Firewind.
King of Pain, Mudvayne
Space Oddity, Powerman 5000
Paint it Black, Gob
posted by cobaltnine at 12:48 PM on November 27, 2017

Marilyn Manson's Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
posted by ErisLordFreedom at 12:53 PM on November 27, 2017 [2 favorites]

Disturbed also did a cover of Land of Confusion that might be along the lines of what you're looking for.
posted by theorique at 12:56 PM on November 27, 2017

Five Finger Death Punch also did a cover of Bad Company1 that goes satisfyingly hard.

1as my spouse would call it, "Bad Company by Bad Company from the album Bad Company," which continues to delight me
posted by The demon that lives in the air at 12:59 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Ghost did a cover of "Hear Comes the Sun".
posted by Hanuman1960 at 1:16 PM on November 27, 2017

My favorite of this genre is Gwar's version of "Carry On My Wayward Son"
posted by rabbitrabbit at 1:19 PM on November 27, 2017

I love Turisas' cover of Rasputin.

Laibach might be too much on the side of industrial rather than metal, but they did whole albums which were covers of Beatles and Rolling Stones songs - unfortunately they're all blocked for me on youtube, but are on Spotify.
posted by Vortisaur at 1:21 PM on November 27, 2017

I too came to recommend Ghost's cover of Here Comes the Sun, and since it wasn't linked in the previous comment, here you go: Ghost: Here Comes the Sun
posted by beyond_pink at 1:34 PM on November 27, 2017

You might like Metallica's cover of "Whiskey in the Jar."
posted by hootenatty at 1:54 PM on November 27, 2017

Ministry - Lay Lady Lay
posted by Beardman at 2:00 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Love the question and am looking forward to checking out the answers.

Though they don't exactly do covers, Beatallica scratches the same itch for me.
posted by jclarkin at 2:12 PM on November 27, 2017

My favorite of all is the metallish Junkyard Drive version of Geordie, a classic Child ballad covered my numerous singers/bands.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 2:12 PM on November 27, 2017

Joan Jett's version of Crimson and Clover.

Would you like a reversal? Check out the version of Iron Man done by the Cardigans.
posted by megatherium at 2:34 PM on November 27, 2017

On my phone so I can't link, but Type O Negative's cover of "Summer Breeze" seems like it would fit the bill.
posted by Neely O'Hara at 2:56 PM on November 27, 2017

Leatherface covers You are my sunshine and I can't help falling in love with you (Elvis!), both readily youtube-able. Nomeansno covers Niel Young's hey hey, my my and just kills it. No links right now, I'm not allowed to blast music on mondays and wont be able to resist. Oh NMN's alter ego, the hansen bros, cover Get it right back, also on the youtubes.
posted by vrakatar at 3:20 PM on November 27, 2017

I Started a Joke - Bee Gees covered by Faith No More
posted by saturngirl at 4:16 PM on November 27, 2017

I've got a whole playlist of these. I don't know how heavy you like your metal or if you like metal that covers other metal so I'll just post a bunch. I'll skip all the suggestions contained in the articles above.

Chaos Divine - Africa
KMFDM - These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
Within Temptation - Radioactive
Korn - Another Brick In The Wall parts 1-3
Otep - Royals
Children of Bodom - I'm Shipping Up to Boston
Dope - You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and Rebel Yell
Devildriver - Sail and Wasted Years
Nightwish - Over the Hills and Far Away, Phantom of the Opera, and High Hopes
Rage Against the Machine's album Renegades is all covers iirc
Lacuna Coil - Losing My Religion, Enjoy the Silence
Therion does a bunch of classical stuff, such as part of the New World Symphony and O Fortuna
Arch Enemy - Symphony of Destruction and Incarnated Solvent Abuse which are probably the heaviest ones here.
My favorite metal cover ever is Death's cover of Painkiller, already recommended above.

Punk Goes Pop also might be your speed. Anyway, enjoy :)
posted by scruffy-looking nerfherder at 4:57 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Eivør -- Hounds Of Love
Lou Reed -- Solsbury Hill
Tortoise -- Thunder Road
Judas Priest -- Diamonds and Rust

Manic Street Preachers have a few:
Suicide is Painless (original for comparison),
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel,
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Can't Take My Eyes off of You
posted by rollick at 5:48 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Have you heard Hüsker Dü's cover of "Love is All Around" (the Mary Tyler Moore show theme)? Or "Eight Miles High"?
posted by Nerd of the North at 7:54 PM on November 27, 2017

Avenged Sevenfold did a bunch of covers on the deluxe version of their latest album:
God Only Knows
Wish You Were Here
As Tears Go By
posted by asterix at 8:23 PM on November 27, 2017 [1 favorite]

Finnish metal band Amorphis doing "Light My Fire", complete with Cookie Monster vocals?
posted by snarkout at 8:28 PM on November 27, 2017

It's not Disturbed, but ya got to love
BiGod 20 doing Like a Prayer
posted by bitterkitten at 6:12 AM on November 28, 2017

I've always liked Evergreen Terrace's take on Sunday Bloody Sunday. Not really "metal" and I guess it depends on how far back you want to go for "old-ish," though :)
posted by daisy55 at 6:25 AM on November 28, 2017

I LOVE the Kittie cover of Pink Floyd's Run Like Hell.

A Perfect Circle did an entire album (save for two songs) of anti-war cover songs that might have some likely jams as well.

There are also a surprising number of metal bands that cover Come Undone by Duran Duran. Seriously, there's so many I can't even link to all of them, it'd be ridiculous. But a search for "come undone metal cover" will turn up a ton of hits.
posted by helloimjennsco at 6:53 AM on November 28, 2017

Something that slots perfectly with the songs you listed is I Walk the Line, by Live
posted by rollick at 9:09 AM on November 28, 2017

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