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Covers that are better than the original

Sun, 07/01/2024 - 18:27

What are some cover songs that you think are better than the original. Mine would be Sabatons cover of 1916, Metallica's cover of stone cold crazy, and Led Zepplin's cover of Dazed and Confused and Babe Im Gonna Leave You.

KillerTeddyBear94's picture

Vader's cover of Raining Blood. I'd also say their covers of Black Metal & Fight Fire with Fire.

Starside-Relics's picture

Death's cover of Painkiller

meaningless's picture

Death's cover of Painkiller?? never heard....i have to search for that....

no karate in pit's picture

i was not a fan by far the judas priest version is better

nameless_rites's picture

Musically its awesome but Chucks ball-pinching Dani Filth voice really ruins that whole album, especially Painkiller

schönheit-der-natur's picture

Rawness Obsolete Cover of "Mourning Soul" by Absurd.

oldcoffinspirit's picture

Benediction "Forged In Fire"
Vulpecula "Major Tom"
Motörhead & Wendy O. Williams "Stand by Your Man"

Wyvern's picture

The HU's cover of "Sad But True" by Metallica

ThatBillyGuy's picture

I don’t understand the hu covers I think there just ok imo

bad_american1992's picture

Sodom's cover of "Iron Fist" by Motorhead is a ripper, and Dropkick Murphys cover of "It's A Long Way To The Top" is a classic as well.

ThatBillyGuy's picture

I haven’t heard of those I’ll make sure to check em out

meaningless's picture

yep..Dropkick Murphys cover is ssooo nice, indeed

Steven Price's picture

Every cover Type o Negative has done is better than the original.
Paranoid, black sabbath(from the satanic perspective) summer breeze, hey Pete(hey joe), highway star, Santana medley, cinnamon girl, day tripper, bad moon rising..

bad_american1992's picture

Their cover of Cinnamon Girl is a total banger

meaningless's picture

so true....hahaha

no karate in pit's picture

surfin bird by sodom is banger, in a gadda da vida slayer version also slaps .both versions of turn the page are great and both the exodus and acdc version of overdose are bodacious

joecubbie's picture

Grand Funk Railroad - "Gimme Shelter"
Humble Pie - "Honky Tonk Women"
April Wine - "Sign of the Gypsy Queen"
Judas Priest - "Diamonds and Rust"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Nazareth - "The Ballad of Hollis Brown"

a chicken's picture

I didn't know Diamonds and Rust was a cover, same with Priest's rendition of Race with the Devil, shoutouts to JP, Joan Baez and Gun🙏🤘

Cardboardcity's picture

For me, the cover of Born to be Wild by Raven and UDO is the biggest improvement in quality over an original - John and UDO give the most perfectly unhinged vocal performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_gSQqsLtK0

Djsodomizer's picture

Immolation - Satan's Fall
The Chasm - Metalstorm/Face the Slayer
1349 - The Heretic
Carpathian Forest - Ghoul
Angelcorpse - Burning in Hell

Dan's picture

Children of Bodom, Oops I did it again.

Stormblast's picture

Inepsy - Hell On Earth
Bonded By Blood - Theme from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

COTHRASHER's picture

Sleep - Snowblind
Bongzilla - Champagne & Reefer
Dopethrone - Ain't No Sunshine

oldmate's picture

Nice question... GOt me thinking.. I know I am missing some more...

Six feet under - Graveyard Classics 2 - (AC/DC covers) - is fucking amazing if you ask me.
Megadeth - Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)
Ugly Kid Joe - Sweet Leaf (Black Sabbath Cover)
Metallica - So What - (Anti-Nowhere League cover)
Anthrax - Antisocial - (Trust cover)
Anthrax - Got the time (Joe Jackson Cover)
Cannibal Corpse - No Remorse (Metallica Cover)
Deicide - Black Night (Deep Purple Cover)
Alestorm - Hangover (Taio Cruz Cover)

ALso this is not better than the orginal but still fucking enjoyable

Pantera - Seek and Destroy (MetallicA Cover)

oldmate's picture

also Ugly Kid Joe - Cats in the cradle - dont know how I forgot this!!

meaningless's picture

yeah...shame on u ;-) lol ....Alestorm's cover of Hangover is FANTASTIC....no matter what u think about Alestorm..but this cover - perfect

meaningless's picture

oh..damn....i thought i have checked all alrdy listed covers...and now..i see u have Anthrax already...damn it..hahaha
(love this cover)

no karate in pit's picture

i agree with all

meaningless's picture

buh...many....dude...many..hahaha...what comes first in mind:

Jungle Rot - Agent Orange (Sodom) ...i like the original one, for sure..but Jungle Rots version...is a blast!
Anthrax - Got the time (Joe Jackson)
Xentrix - Ghostbusters (Movie Theme - Ray Parker Jr.)
Paradise Lost - Never take me alive (Spear of Destiny) ...i like the original version..but Paradise Lost nails it
Children of Bodom - Somebody put something in my drink (The Ramones)
Maryslim [feat. Jyrki69 of The 69 Eyes] - This Corrosion (Sisters Of Mercy)

(i bet some ppl would like to kill me for the next one...)
Ryker's - Witching Hour - (Venom) ...way better then the original ..sorry ;-) ..hahaha
Machine Head - Message in a bottle (The Police)
Sick of it All - Borstal breakout (Shame 69)
Dope - You spin me right round (Dead of Alive)
Alice Cooper - Born this way (Lady Gaga)
Marilyn Manson - Tainted love (Soft Cell)
Marilyn Manson - Personal jesus (Depeche Mode)
Norther - Smash (The Offspring)
Life of Agony - Dont you (forget about me) (Simple Minds)
Clutch - Fortunate son (C.C.R. / Creedence Clearwater Revival)
Sepultura - Orgasmatron (Motörhead) ...just in case..hahaha
Entombed - GOD OF THUNDER !!!!! what a hell of a Track.... (KISS)

ok..thats all what comes to mind right now...but i guess..i forgot a few ..of my fave covers..which covers are better or at least a bit better, then the originals (even if i like the originals anyway)

oldmate's picture

Jungle Rot are vomibn to australia soon. cant wait to see them for the first time

meaningless's picture

u will fucking love it!!!!! when they will come?

oldmate's picture

in May.. yea I cant wait. it will be their first time here !!

I saw a band form the US called mortiferum this week. they fucking nailed it! really fucking good band !!!

no karate in pit's picture

jungle rot has a version i must listen to it

meaningless's picture

omg..i forgot
Metallica - Last caress (Misfits ).....its SO MUCH better then the original....
Tankard - Centerfold (J.Geils Band)

oldmate's picture

Good list

I also really like Sepultura - Orgasmatron (Motörhead)

bathoryhordes's picture

Angelcorpse did a few really decent covers,

Pleasure to kill (kreator)
Kill again (slayer)
Demon seed (morbid angel)
Burning in hell (possessed)
Eat me alive (judas priest)

And some decent black metal covers,

Satyricon - Orgasmatron (motörhead)
Graveworm - No more tears (helloween)
Dimmu Borgir - Metal heart (accept)
Dissection - Elizabeth bathory (venom)
Dark Funeral - Dead skin mask (slayer)
Dub Buk - Execute them all (unleashed)
Carpathian Forest - All my friends are dead (turbonegro)
Nokturnal Mortum - Thurisaz (graveland)
Nargaroth - Pisen pro satana (root)

RAT COVENANT's picture

Grand Belial's Key - Can't Tell No One (Negative Approach cover)
The Raunchous Brothers - Snowblind (Black Sabbath cover)
Cannibal Corpse - Zero The Hero (Black Sabbath cover)
Exhumed - Sodomy And Lust (Sodom cover)
Cryptic Brood - Infecting The Brood (Suffocation cover)
Woods of Infinity - Walking in the Air (Howard Blake cover)

GhoulishMayhem's picture

Sepultura with their take on orgasmatron by Motörhead

zSLAYER's picture

Crank - Hot Rock N Roll Band
Destructo - Darkness And Evil

DocRotten's picture

Obituary-Circle of the Tyrants (CF-cover)

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MetalNDN's picture

Nevermore did the JP song- Love Bites. Excellent cover. 🤘

Redneck Jesus's picture

Slayers born to be wild cover slaps. Weedeaters cover of Gimmie Back my Bullets is honestly way better than the original. Also Alabama Thunderpussy rockin is my business and the Clutch cover of Evil by Cactus

Superfly's picture

Yea that slayer song is great

bad_american1992's picture

Hell yeah that's another great cover version of Born To Be Wild!

Superfly's picture

Saw someone else say it but got the time by anthrax is a lot better than the original.

Jonathan666's picture

The first ones I can think of are GNR - Knockin' On Heaven's Door, Nightwish - Over The Hills And Far Away, and Disturbed - The Sound Of Silence.

But have a look at this guy and the type of covers he created, isn't he truly original??


MorticiA's picture

Gorgoroths rendition of Mayhem's Life Eternal.

Nearly all the songs in Metallicas "Garage Days Re-Revisted The 5.98 EP." The Wait is fukking KILLER on that album.

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andermatten's picture

couple of years ago I would've said nazi punks fuck off but meanwhile I prefer the original

bad_american1992's picture

Riot's cover of "Born To Be Wild" is a rocker, I love the original but the cover adds a real heavy metal kick to it!

Darklord's picture

I always thought Happy Trails by Van Halen was a good one.

MortalCoil138's picture

The entire Diver Down album is so underrated

Samppa666's picture

Merauder - See you in hell (Originally performed by Grim Reaper)

FarFarNorth's picture

As much as I LOVE the original "Blinded by Fear" (At the Gates)... Fleshgod Apocalypse's cover version, HOLY MOTHERFUCK.

absolutedefiance138's picture

A few that haven't been said already
Fear Factory's cover of Head of David's Dog Day Sunrise
Limp Bizkit's cover of George Micheal's Faith
Anal Cunt's cover of Manowar's Gloves of Metal
Black Sabbath's cover of Crow's Evil Woman (did you know that was a cover?)
Guttural Slug's cover of Malodorous's Eyes of Abomination
And I say the Napalm Death cover of Dead Kennedy's Nazi Punks Fuck Off now. Maybe that'll change in a few years too (probably not)

MetalNDN's picture

Body Count- Institutionalized 2014. 🤘

DooMMetalDenise's picture

Not necessarily all of them in my list are, but also feel like showing some covers I enjoy

Black Sabbath - Evil Woman
Black Sabbath - The Warning
Crowbar - No Quarter
Crowbar - Dreamweaver
Dream Theater with Barney Greenway - Damage Inc
Fear Factory - Dog Day Sunrise
Fear Factory - Cars
Katatonia - Night Comes Down
Lacuna Coil - Enjoy The Silence
Limp Bizkit - Faith
Limp Bizkit - Behind Blue Eyes
Machine Head - Message In A Bottle
Metallica - Tuesday's Gone
Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross with Karen O - Immigrant Song
Ulver - Strange Ways
Ulver - Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 1
Ulver - Solitude
Voivod - Astronomy Divine
Voivod - The Nile Song
Voivod - 21st Century Schizoid Man

Strawberries_Messiah's picture

I was hoping someone would mention crowbars version of Dreamweaver

Into Glory Ride's picture

Slough Feg - The Tell-Tale heart (Alan Parson Project)
By far.

nameless_rites's picture

Dissection - Antichrist
Slayer - Dissident Aggressor
Judas Priest - Diamonds and Rust
Entombed - God of Thunder
Sentenced - The Trooper
Dark Funeral - Call From The Grave(DF should have been a cover band, their songs are so boring but great players and a mean guitar tone)
Vader - Raining Blood
Metallica - Am i Evil
Hypocrisy - Black Magic

metalarchivesripsection's picture

Norther - The Final Countdown
COF - Hallowed Be Thy Name
Dimmu Borgir - Burn In Hell

Dan's picture

COF - Hallowed Be Thy Name ==> Totally agree with this one.

Strawberries_Messiah's picture

Hims Verizon of wicked game
My darkest days version of come undone
Crowbars version of Dreamweaver
I prevails version of blank space
Smut peddlers version of you wanna be dumb then you gotta be tough

SprayDownTheDeath09's picture

Repugnant - The Usurper (Celtic Frost cover)
Mortem - Turn in Your Grave (Sacrifice cover)

slayerslayer's picture

Fudge tunnel - cat scratch fever (ted nugent)

metalarchivesripsection's picture

Oppressor - Looks That Kill (Mötley Crüe)

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