Cover Your Tracks: “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”


Carcass circa 1993

After a little break, Cover Your Tracks returns with a vengeance. Considering that I spent last week looking at some of the best bands to come out of the UK, I feel its only appropriate to feature one of my favourite British bands: Carcass. In the mid-90s the band transformed from grindcore/goregrind pioneers into towering titans of melodic death metal, culminating in their masterpiece- Heartwork. However, I’ll be drawing upon their following album, 1996’s Swansong, which upped the melodies even further and drew upon a more rock-orientated approach.


There are definitely similarities in the styles of music that both Carcass and Devildriver specialize in, and I’m sure Dez Farfara and Co. will be able to provide a fairly faithful cover of this tune. The only key differences will probably be in the heavier guitar tones and Dez’s slightly deeper vocals which would hopefully separate the cover from the original. Plus, I’m pretty sure that Devildriver would be able to bring ‘The Cowbell From Hell’.


Devildriver circa 2016


Whilst not as extreme as Carcass, Kvelertak possess an unearthly knack for crunchy riffs and catchy guitar leads that stay stuck in your head for days- which “Keep On Rotting In The Free World” has in spades. The song’s straight forward approach and classic rock touches plays to Kvelertak’s strengths, especially when you hear their recent works. If they brought the tempo down, and frontman Erlend Hjelvik sung in his native Norwegian, then the track could take on a whole new tone and character altogether.



What do you think? Are these bands suitable choices? Or can you suggest bands who you think would be better suited? Feel free to leave a comment, like this blog post, like the Facebook page , follow the Pinterest page, and follow this blog for more in the ‘Cover Your Tracks’ series.

Don’t forget to check out the last entry in this series, which looked at Black Flag’s “Rise Above”.

One thought on “Cover Your Tracks: “Keep On Rotting In The Free World”

  1. Pingback: Cover Your Tracks: “White Riot” | that djenty fool

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