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    by Ecliptica » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:47 am

    Currently in an argument with both friends in real life and on the Internet about what the best metal cover songs of all time are.

    I contest that there has never been a metal cover than Twilight Guardians' 'La Isla Bonita' (Madonna Cover). It's just a shame nothing they ever wrote themselves was any good:

    Twilight Guardians - La Isla Bonita


    I LOVE cover songs. Any other suggestions? I will listen to these all day.
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    by X-Thor » Thu Dec 06, 2012 11:57 am

    Helloween's Lay All Your Love on Me is a great ABBA cover. Another is Therion's Summer Night City.

    Helloween also covers The Beatles' All My Loving. I really like it.

    TÝR's Wild Rover is, of course, really good too.

    Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and Rotting Christ have good covers of Ghostriders in the Sky

    Do In Extremo's versions of medieval ballads count as covers?

    Haggard - Herr Mannelig

    Judas Priest - Diamonds and Rust, Johnny B Good

    Blind Guardian - Barbara Ann, Mr Sandman



    Those are the ones I can think of right now, as far as metal-band-covering-a-non-metal-song goes.I'll surely add more shortly.
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    by Ecliptica » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:06 pm

    I've mentioned before that I think Ensiferum w/Heri Joensen's version of 'Vandraren' is friggin' beautiful. That's probably #2 or 3 for me.

    Judas Priest's 'Diamonds of Rust' is widely considered the best, but -- goddamn -- that Madonna cover is sooooooooooo good.


    EDIT: 'Summernight City' was the first Therion song I ever heard. Back in 2001. I bought a DVD called 'Death Is Just The Beginning, Volume 7' (I think?) for like $5.00 and that was on it. Really, that's what got me into metal.
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    by X-Thor » Thu Dec 06, 2012 12:14 pm

    Man, that Madonna cover is indeed very awesome.

    Oh, I totally forgot about Metallica's cover of Thin Lizzy's version of Whiskey in the Jar. Not metal, but very good...

    Helloween's got a CD called Metal Jukebox with 60s & 70s covers. I really like it. Maybe you'll like it too. :cheers:

    I will have to check that Ensiferum cover. And the original song, too! :oops:


    OH! And Turisas' Those Were The Days (also a cover of a cover, but really good).
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    by jodionline » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:29 pm

    Sepultura - Orgasmatron
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    by X-Thor » Thu Dec 06, 2012 4:24 pm

    Feanorgandalf wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGtXlBbWeB4 winning


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    by Jaimie38 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 9:05 pm

    I prefer for covers to be done like the band that is covering the song ,played it like they wrote/composed the song--in their own style,etc.

    Copying is easy.


    I don't like Korn or any of that shit--BUT I really liked "One" by MEtallica on the VH1 Awards thing a few years ago


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmMlMsqjcT4


    And also on the same show:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eh9Q6BGGU50

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    by Empire » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:34 am

    X-Thor wrote: Die Apokalyptischen Reiter and Rotting Christ have good covers of Ghostriders in the Sky

    Children of Bodom too ;)
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    by Memnoch » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:02 am

    Ecliptica wrote:'Summernight City' was the first Therion song I ever heard.

    That is, imo, the best cover song ever.
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    by cowboy71 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:48 am

    A list of my favourites - I'll see if I can find youtube links for these later:

    EDGUY - The Spirit (Magnum cover)

    ROB ROCK - Eagle (ABBA cover)

    TORI AMOS - Raining Blood (Slayer cover)

    TESLA - Signs (Five Man Electrical Band cover)

    SCREAMING JETS - Cunnamulla Fella (Slim Dusty cover)

    BOWLING FOR SOUP - Stacey's Mum (Fountains of Wayne cover)

    JON ENGLISH - Turn The Page (Bob Seger cover)

    LACUNA COIL - Losing My Religion (REM cover)

    JOHNNY CASH - Hurt (Nine Inch Nails cover)

    HEART - Battle of Evermore (Led Zepplin cover)

    GOTTHARD - Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann cover)
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    by Michael D. » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:45 am

    The Wilson sisters (Heart/Lovemongers) version of “The Battle of Evermore” is my hand down best cover version. Heart covers Led Zeppelin very well. They have always done a stand up version of “Rock and Roll”, plus they cover The Who’s “Baba O'Reiley” really well. Notable and highly recommended if you want to hear Led Zeppelin songs covered really good, check out Great White’s Great Zeppelin-Tribute to Led Zeppelin disc. Well worth the listen.

    Therion’s version of “Summer Night City” by Abba, Agreed with all that mentioned it.

    Johnny Cash’s cover of “Hurt” by Nine Inch Nails, Agreed with Cowboy71

    Tesla’s cover of “Signs” by The 5 Man Electrical Band, Agreed with Cowboy71

    Alien Ant Farm’s cover of “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson (Not so much anymore)

    Tori Amos’ cover of “Raining Blood” by Slayer (She is such an underappreciated talent), Agreed with Cowboy71

    Nickelback’s cover of “Sharp Dressed Man” by ZZ Top (Cool to have watched), Agreed with Jaimie 38

    Judas Priest cover of “Diamonds and Rust” by Joan Beaz, Agreed with all that metioned it.

    Metallica’s covers of “Turn The Page” by Bob Segar and “Whiskey in a Jar” by Thin Lizzy

    Def Leopard’s “Action” by Raven, “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks

    Does Whitesnake/David Coverdale reworking his own material and making it bigger count?
    Like “Fool For Your Lovin’”, “Here I Go Again”, and “Solider of Fortune”
    http://youtu.be/5PklxyHBU_k

    Do I dare mention Van Halen’s “Eruption-You Really Got Me” the later part by the Kinks and “Oh Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison
    http://youtu.be/OCwigPhpiXs

    Joan Jett’s cover of “I Love Rock and Roll” by The Arrows
    http://youtu.be/M3T_xeoGES8

    Another band and person that cover other people’s material very well and I have found enjoyable are Apocalyptica and not for everybody’s taste but David Garrett does metal covers with equal prowess for being a violinist.

    And sometime covering somebody else’s tune may kill off your career, like say
    Krokus covering “Ballroom Blitz” by Sweet (Bad Choice)
    Sheryl Crow’s cover of “Sweet Child of Mine” by Guns and Roses (How Dare She! Really bad decision)

    And there are times when pop stars cover Rock tunes very well like
    Ferge (of The Black Eye Peas) doing “Sweet Child of Mine” with Slash (nice eye candy) and doing “Barracuda” with Heart.
    http://youtu.be/FauHsI7A0nc
    http://youtu.be/yWAqVQQ0Doo

    Country music star Gretchen Wilson with Alice in Chains and Nancy Wilson covering “Barracuda” (The best!)
    http://youtu.be/BqQkECIn738

    Honorable mention goes to Smashing Pumpkins for “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac
    http://youtu.be/xHfzKuGK4MA
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    by X-Thor » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:18 am

    Gaveworm also has a Losing my Religion cover. It's pretty good, imo.

    Also, does Nightwish's Phantom of the Opera count as an Andrew Lloyd Webber cover?

    There is the Bruce Dickinson + Montserrat Caballe version of Bohemian Rhapsody.

    Amon Amarth's cover of Balls to the Wall

    And I really, really LOVE Van Canto's version of Grave Digger's Rebellion. Or pretty much any Van Canto cover (CAN WE PLEASE HAVE THEM, ANDY? CAN WE? PLEAAAAAAAASE?)
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    by Laura » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:31 am

    I love all of these especially because I'm extremely fond of all of the original artists and these songs in particular. :D The covers by some of my favorite bands are all awesome as well.

    Number One:
    Apocalyptica featuring Rammstein's Till Lindemann: Helden, 2007 (Heroes by David Bowie, 1977)
    http://youtu.be/hpudDNoRAdk

    Paradise Lost: How Soon is Now? 1997 (The Smiths, 1985)
    http://youtu.be/SPDaia1NCuE

    Dimmu Borgir: Burn in Hell, 2001 (Twisted Sister, 1984)
    http://youtu.be/GA-EjVwiY0Q

    Coroner: Der Mussolini, 1995 (DAF - Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, 1981)
    http://youtu.be/K8b_yZlGRSI

    In Flames: Everything Counts, 1997 (Depeche Mode, 1983)
    http://youtu.be/I2_nGCnV_tk

    HIM: Wicked Game, 1998 (Chris Isaak, 1989)
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    Pain of Salvation: Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen, 1984)
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    by Jaimie38 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:42 am

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ6KE0uwuxM

    Johan from Amon Amarth on stage with Armored Saint covering "Hit the Lights"


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    by X-Thor » Fri Dec 07, 2012 10:12 am

    And, fo course, there are Slaughter of the Bluegrass' covers of In Flames, At The Gates, Dark Tranquility and Amon Amarth... IN BLUEGRASS.

    (Also, Sabaton's Twilight of the Thunder God is a really good cover).
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    by Michael D. » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:47 am

    Ok, I guess this is going in a little derailment way but,

    HIM does a good job. I liked their version but nobody will ever do “Wicked Game” better than Chris.

    Since David Bowie’s “Heroes” gets covered a lot here are two of mine.
    Blondie’s version plus their versions of “Ring of Fire” (Johnny Cash) and “Bang a Gong” (T-Rex), “I Feel Love” (Donna Summer). ;-) LOL
    http://youtu.be/VI59UCt9Xyg
    http://youtu.be/_wh6heXgvek ;-) LOL

    All the Pretty Horses/Venus de Mars “Heroes” (David Bowie) and Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
    Trust me; nobody was ready for ATPH when they hit even us in their home turf of Minneapolis, MN. USA
    http://youtu.be/bWBkkVbeVJA
    http://youtu.be/a0TW8a9Xj_A

    And apparently everybody in this world covers Hallelujah. Here’s another
    http://youtu.be/RSJbYWPEaxw

    and since I opened the door, here are two songs written by Jim Webb originally recorded by Richard Harris. One remake is by Waylon Jennings and the other became one of Donna Summer's signature tunes.
    http://youtu.be/P6WVoEWqTKw
    http://youtu.be/VF_o7aSjl_E

    Since I mentioned T-Rex.
    Power Stations remake of “Get It On (Bang a Gong)”
    http://youtu.be/ieOwL1UB1V4

    And since Depeche Mode was mentioned.
    I really disliked Marilyn Manson’s remake of “Personal Jesus” by Depeche Mode
    http://youtu.be/Rl6fyhZ0G5E

    Just a little derailment. LOL
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    by STACH100 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 1:54 pm

    jodionline wrote:Sepultura - Orgasmatron

    I have been saying this since the first time I heard the Sep version!
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    by cowboy71 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 3:40 pm

    LEMMY - Run Run Rudolph

    :)

    ALSO

    EPICA - The Imperial March (Star Wars)

    BLIND GUARDIAN - Inna Gadda Da Vida (Iron Butterfly)

    BELIEVER - Like A Song (U2 cover)
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    by X-Thor » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:30 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:LEMMY - Run Run Rudolph

    :)

    ALSO

    EPICA - The Imperial March (Star Wars)

    BLIND GUARDIAN - Inna Gadda Da Vida (Iron Butterfly)

    BELIEVER - Like A Song (U2 cover)


    In a Gadda da Vida is probably one of my least favorite Blind Guardian songs... And I love the original song and Blind Guardian, I just didn't like the cover. But that's just me.
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    by ShoreSlayer » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:33 pm

    Michael D. wrote:Def Leopard’s “Action” by Raven

    Hey Michael. Not bustin' balls or anything but just thought ya may wanna know:

    To the best of my knowledge, the original was done by Sweet, not Raven.

    If I'm not mistaken, Raven only inserted it into the middle of the song Hellraiser when performed live on a couple albums. If they did a full studio version at some point, I'd love to hear it so plz share link if you can :beerwink:

    Also covered well by a band called Black N' Blue

    I actually think we did this metal cover conversation a couple years back but will look for the link later.

    For the record, two of my faves are Slayer's renditions of Priest's Dissident Aggressor and Iron Butterfly's Inna Gadda Da Vida :shred:
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    by X-Thor » Fri Dec 07, 2012 4:43 pm

    ShoreSlayer wrote:
    For the record, two of my faves are Slayer's renditions of Priest's Dissident Aggressor and Iron Butterfly's Inna Gadda Da Vida :shred:


    *searches YouTube for Slayer's In a Gadda da Vida"

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    by ShoreSlayer » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:01 pm

    Here is the link to the original thread for this topic: http://www.70000tons.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1708&p=69811&hilit=cover#p69811
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    by cowboy71 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:41 pm

    X-Thor wrote:
    ShoreSlayer wrote:
    For the record, two of my faves are Slayer's renditions of Priest's Dissident Aggressor and Iron Butterfly's Inna Gadda Da Vida :shred:


    *searches YouTube for Slayer's In a Gadda da Vida"

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    by ShoreSlayer » Fri Dec 07, 2012 5:46 pm

    cowboy71 wrote:... from the "Less Than Zero" soundtrack.

    That's where I first heard the tune.

    Fucking great movie too! Nice example of life imitating art in that one :lol:
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    by Michael D. » Fri Dec 07, 2012 9:07 pm

    ShoreSlayer wrote:
    Michael D. wrote:Def Leopard’s “Action” by Raven

    Hey Michael. Not bustin' balls or anything but just thought ya may wanna know:

    To the best of my knowledge, the original was done by Sweet, not Raven.

    If I'm not mistaken, Raven only inserted it into the middle of the song Hellraiser when performed live on a couple albums. If they did a full studio version at some point, I'd love to hear it so plz share link if you can :beerwink:

    Also covered well by a band called Black N' Blue

    I actually think we did this metal cover conversation a couple years back but will look for the link later.

    Yes, we did have this conversation a couple of years back (Brain fart, LOL) and that's ok for busting my balls. I did not double check my research :cry:
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    by STACH100 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:10 am

    I am NOT an Iced Earth fan but their Tribute To The Gods cd (all covers) is very good.

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    by Feanorgandalf » Sat Dec 08, 2012 11:20 am

    Driving to work this morning listening to the new Ensiferum album and they do a good cover of Bamboleo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFPVjB8CDUo
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    by X-Thor » Sun Dec 09, 2012 3:24 pm

    Feanorgandalf wrote:Driving to work this morning listening to the new Ensiferum album and they do a good cover of Bamboleo.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFPVjB8CDUo


    I really hope they play it on 70K 2013.
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    by Stained Class » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:13 am

    Van Halen - You Really Got Me
    Bonded By Blood - Killing In The Name Of
    Tyr - Wild Rover
    Slaughter Of The Bluegrass
    Pagan's Mind - Hallo Spaceboy
    Sodom - Bird Is The Word


    All I could think of right now. Honestly if I had to say which one is "best" I'd say the Van Halen one. If you don't consider it metal than oh well :lol:
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    Stained Class wrote:Van Halen - You Really Got Me
    Bonded By Blood - Killing In The Name Of
    Tyr - Wild Rover
    Slaughter Of The Bluegrass
    Pagan's Mind - Hallo Spaceboy
    Sodom - Bird Is The Word


    All I could think of right now. Honestly if I had to say which one is "best" I'd say the Van Halen one. If you don't consider it metal than oh well :lol:


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    by Stained Class » Mon Dec 10, 2012 10:48 am

    Oh, Krisiun did a Venom cover in their second set, that was pretty sweet.
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    by DJ Old Man Stares » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:46 am

    Dark Angel - Immigrant Song - - Metal as fuck!!!

    Artillery - Razamanaz

    Ceremonial Castings - Night of the Graveless Souls

    Nuclear Assault - Good Times Bad Times

    Toxik - Out on the Tiles - - Led Zeppelin covers really make my world go round.
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    by mooyagi » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:02 pm

    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:Dark Angel - Immigrant Song - - Metal as fuck!!!


    I believe Enslaved covered Immigrant Song on the pool deck show.
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    by Stained Class » Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:18 pm

    mooyagi wrote:
    DJ Old Man Stares wrote:Dark Angel - Immigrant Song - - Metal as fuck!!!


    I believe Enslaved covered Immigrant Song on the pool deck show.

    Yeah, that's a regular part of their set. I changed my mind, that's the best metal cover :mrgreen:
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    by X-Thor » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:03 pm

    Gotthard used to cover Immigrant Song when Steve Lee was the vocalist. When I saw them in may they didn't. Maybe they just don't play it anymore, out of respect to Steve's memory?

    They do continue to play Hush, which I understand is a Deep Purple cover... And a very good one, if you like hard rock, that is.

    Upon heavy research (2 minutes in Wikipedia), it turns out that Hush was written by Joe South and performed by Billy Joe Royal, which was then covered by Deep Purple and then covered by Gotthard. *Insert Yo Dawg or Inception joke here*

    So, yeah, if hard rock covers can be included in this*, then Gotthard's hush ranks pretty high in my list...
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    by Captain Alex » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:30 pm

    Sonata Arctica - Die with your boots on
    Northern Kings - Don't Stop Beliving, Dead or alive
    Nightwish - Wild Child, High Hopes
    Children Of Bodom - Don't stop at the top

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    by Stained Class » Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:32 pm

    Oh shit I forgot about Sonata Arctica! They have a lot of good covers
    Die With Your Boots On (Iron Maiden)
    I Want Out (Helloween)
    Still Lovin You (Scorpions)
    Fade To Black (Metallica)
    Wind Beneath My Wings (Bette Middler)
    Out In The Fields (Gary Moore)
    What else do they have?
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