Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free. Death metal has a genre has a history of doing covers songs, but they're mostly all novelty songs. It's become a played-out gimmick to take any pop song, speed it up, play it on highly distorted guitars, and gutturally scream the lyrics.
1. Megadeth - These Boots Are Made for Walkin'
John Doran suggests 10 others from the world of metal. Despite the album being full of songs about Satanism, drugs, serial murder and sex, These Boots, a cover version of the Nancy Sinatra hit with a fairly explicit lyrical 'reinterpretation' would go on to become its most controversial moment. Some 10 years after it was first released, the song's author Lee Hazlewood called the obviously parodic cover "vile and offensive", and demanded that the song be removed from all future copies of the album. Ozzy Osbourne may well front Black Sabbath and be partially responsible for inventing heavy metal, but this doesn't mean the dude has always displayed the greatest taste or common sense. Despite the fact that the Bee Gees track Stayin' Alive, from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, is a copper-bottomed disco banger, The Prince of Darkness, lazily plays his daft version for laughs and turns in a "will this do? And we mean karaoke, quite literally. The track is actually a Dweezil son of Frank Zappa cover that originally featured the equally necro and occult vocalist Donny Osmond. The way I feel about it is, 'Thanks for the royalties, guys.
Enslaved – Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
Metal and pop music often feel so far removed from each other. But when heavy bands give their take on mainstream hits, the results are often really fun. Most metalheads are highly opposed to the bubblegum dance beats that dominate the tracks. Slap a few breakdowns and gnarly riffs over their structure and their stances quickly change on metal-pop-covers. Go figure the metal band with one of the most diverse sounds around would take a stab at covering Queen. Their cover still packs a punch and has some shredding guitar solos, but it manages to stay fairly faithful to the original. Somehow, melodic death-metal band Arsis took it up a notch. They tossed in some ultra brutal blast beats and guttural shrieks over the entire thing. The thrash kings included a gem of a cover that most forget about. Nevertheless, their spooky take on the classic track is a far cry from the original and brings a truly satanic spin to the song.
Why does Justin Bieber look so disheartened, you ask? It's not because his last fan finally hit puberty -- he just heard the death metal version of his hit 'Baby' and realized it blows his original away. This list is a celebration of Internet culture and the creative minds who keep us on YouTube for hours while we're supposed to be working. So cheer up Biebs, if your pop career fizzles out, you can reinvent yourself as a death metal singer. Just pretend that this is the world we live in -- the Jonas Brothers' voices finally crack with wonderful results and Regis Philbin is no longer the loudest person in the room. This version of 'Paranoid' takes painfully cliche lyrics and turns them into gold with delightfully brutal death metal gutturals. Think Death were the first "death metal" band and Suffocation's Frank Mullen was the innovator of the death metal growl? Think again.