Cover Thursday

Cover Comparison: Pantera vs Machine Head (Black Sabbath)- Hole In The Sky

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I’ve got a really fun cover comparison for you all. Pantera and Machine Head have both covered Black Sabbath’s “Hole In The Sky.” I’m curious to know what version you all think is the best. Take a listen, and let me know what you think!

 

Pantera- Hole In The Sky:

 

Machine Head- Hole In The Sky:

 

The Original: Black Sabbath- Hole In The Sky:

Cover Song: Darkest Hour (Judas Priest)- Painkiller

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Here is a fun cover song of Judas Priest’s “Painkiller,” by Darkest Hour.  While the vocals don’t reach the highs of the legendary Rob Halford, Darkest Hour’s version adds a bit of heaviness and grit to the song in terms of the musical arrangement and tones.

Check it out:

Darkest Hour- Painkiller:

 

Judas Priest- Painkiller:

 

Cover Song: O’Brother (Portishead)- Silence

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Portishead is one of my all time favorite bands. There is something so captivating about their music, that it almost hypnotizes you and takes you on a vision quest. Recently one of my favorite newer bands of the last few years, O’Brother, covered Portishead’s song “Silence” from their album entitled Third. The guys in O’Brother really nail the space and dynamics that the music presents, along with the vocal performance by Tanner Merritt.

Check it out and enjoy!

O’Brother- Silence:

 

Portishead- Silence:

Cover Song: Metallica (Lynyrd Skynyrd)- Tuesday’s Gone

Metallica does a great job covering the classic Lynyrd Skynyrd song “Tuesday’s Gone.”  At Metallica’s 30th anniversary shows, they invited some friends up on stage to join in the cover of this song. Joining them was Pepper Keenan (Down/Corrosion of Conformity), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Jim Martin (Faith No More), and Gary Rossington (Lynryd Skynryd).  Check it out!!

 

Metallica and Friends- Tuesday’s Gone:

 

Lynryd Skynyrd- Tuesday’s Gone:

Worst Cover Songs: Within The Ruins (Kansas)- Carry On Wayward Son

This doesn’t need a big introduction. Within The Ruins are a pretty decent band and have some good songs, but this cover they did of the Kansas classic “Carry On Wayward Son” is one of the worst covers I’ve heard.

 

Within The Ruins- Carry On Wayward Son:

Kansas- Carry On Wayward Son:

Cover Song: Gojira (Metallica)- Escape

Gojira is one of my favorite heavy bands in the world. They are fantastic. I was thinking the other day it would be awesome to see them tour the states with a band like Metallica. They already did in Europe. Anyways, I found this cover Gojira did of Metallica’s “Escape.” I always thought this song was underrated and deserved more attention. Enjoy!

Gojira- Escape:

 

Metallica- Escape:

Cover Song: Nine Inch Nails (Joy Division)- Atmosphere

A couple weeks back I saw Peter Hook of Joy Division at the Wiltern. It was a really great show. His Joy Division set was pretty spectacular. One of my all time favorite Joy Division songs is “Atmosphere.” Peter did a good job of singing it but, I’ve always thought that Trent Reznor did it the most justice (other than Ian Curtis obviously). If you’ve never heard this version before, you are in for a treat.

Nine Inch Nails-Atmosphere (Live: P.S. I was at this show):

 

Joy Division- Atmosphere: