Week #10 - Heavy Metal goes Pop music

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Week 10!

Happy Friday, everyone. I am hoping everyone's doing OK :-)

Life is getting closer to normal here in the UK in this weird post-pandemic time. And for me, going back to see live music bands <3 I've been to a fantastic gig yesterday (more on that in a future episode). And you might know that I really enjoy heavy metal live music.

I wanted to celebrate that, and I could have sent you a list of my 5 favourite metal bands. However, this may be pretty loud and heavy for most of us. So I'm going to do something different today. Here is the twist. Today's newsletter is some of my favourite heavy metal songs covered by pop artists (or related)


Let's go :-)

Feist covering Mastodon - Black Tongue: One of the most prominent figures from the indie-folk scene of the last 20 years covering one of the most prominent figures of the stoner / heavy metal of the 20 last year. A very unique sound. Feist very low voices perfectly match the original song's atmosphere, giving it a Nick Cave vibe.

Tori Amos covering Slayer - Raining Blood: Another prominent figure of alternative rock of the last 30 years covering the most prominent thrash metal band of all times. Slayer played on piano with Tori's angel voice gives it an eerie feeling.

Charles Bradley covering Black Sabbath - Changes: An homage to the Screaming Eagle Of Soul, with a cover from Black Sabbath's Changes. The soul vibe is even more poignant.

Tkay Maidza covering The Pixies- Where Is My Mind: I had to dig a bit for that one. Tkay Maidza is an Australian hip hop artist originally from Zimbabwe. I wasn't expecting to enjoy an electropop pop cover of my favourite movie's iconic ending theme.

Johnny Cash covering Nine Inch Nails - Hurt: Honour to whom honour is due, to finish with NIN masterpiece. Johnny Cash's rendition is haunting (recorded shortly before Johnny Cash's death) and becoming even more famous than the original, making Trent Reznor lose a song :-).

Until the next time, Godspeed!


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