Cover Your Tracks: “Psychosocial”

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Slipknot circa 2015

This weeks entry to Cover Your Tracks will look at arguably one of the most iconic songs from Iowa titans’ Slipknot latter-day works. Taken from their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone, “Psychosocial” neatly encapsulates all things Slipknot; from the gargantuan percussive assault through to the addictive and catchy chorus, there’s everything there to satisfy an avid fan. Here are two bands that I feel could do an awesome cover of this huge tune: Continue reading

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Cover Your Tracks: “White Riot”

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The Clash circa 1977

For this latest addition to Cover Your Tracks I’ll be taking a politically charged anthem from The Clash’s 1977 self-titled debut album. Although this punk anthem was written about the riots at Notting Hill Carnival in 1976, the controversial topics of class and race are just as relevant and thought-provoking today. Continue reading

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

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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. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Rise Above”

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Black Flag circa 1982

For the latest addition to this series I’ve decided to hark back to a classic album from an influential band. Black Flag are regarded as one of the key figures of punk and hardcore music (with Henry Rollins as the archetypal ‘hard as nails’ frontman), and their debut album Damaged is a sharp shot of vitriolic teenage angst. It’s hard to choose just one song from the album, considering how there are standout tunes such as “Six Pack”, “TV Party” and “Spray Paint”, but for this week’s Cover Your Tracks I’ve opted for the opening number: “Rise Above”. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Existence Is Punishment”

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Crowbar circa 2014

For this week’s instalment of Cover Your Tracks I’ll be delving into Crowbar’s sophomore self-titled album for the Beavis and Butt Head approved “Existence Is Punishment”. As always I’ll select a band that can play a cover that is close to the original, and another band to explore new directions with the track. Continue reading

Cover Your Tracks: “Stranger Aeons”

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Entombed circa 1992

Following on from 5 Songs That Need To Be Covered… And The Bands To Do It, I’ve continued the concept as a new series called ‘Cover Your Tracks’. Each instalment in this series will consist of a song from a band, from which I would suggest two bands to cover that particular track- one band would stick fairly close to the original, whilst the other would take a completely different approach. For this first entry, I’ve decided on Entombed’s “Stranger Aeons” from their Clandestine album- a milestone for Swedish death metal. Continue reading

5 Songs That Need To Be Covered… And The Bands To Do It

vinyl-record-playerWhen it comes to covers, the act of covering another artist’s song, this endeavour can be a tricky subject. Although a cover can often provide a gateway to introducing fans to the bands that have inspired their favourite artists, the execution of these ideas can often be hit or miss. Stick too rigidly to the source material provided and you really just have a note for note cover with no real purpose (think Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics) or stray too far from the original and you get a song that satisfies no one (Slayer’s cover of Steppenwolf’s Born To Be Wild). However, when done just right, a cover can be worthy addition to any band’s catalogue- even to their live set. Without further ado, I’d like to present my selection of songs (from a range of alternative/rock/metal styles) and the bands that should give it a shot. Continue reading