Back in 2015, Faroe Islands doom metal band Hamferð performed a moody, acoustic version of their track Deyðir varðar while a solar eclipse played out behind their backs. They timed the live performance perfectly and managed to resist the urge to turn around as day turned to night and back. (Thanks Kartin!)
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(PG-13: Language) Get a bucket and a mop out for resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli as he transforms Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s unambiguously smutty pop track WAP into a heavy metal song and replaces the shameless images of well-endowed women with a cute little kitty taking a shower.
Rock out with all your favorite metal bands every time you take a nap. These silly home accessories from Threadless and designer Grant Shepley looks like concert posters, but the headliners and second-stage acts are all made entirely from actual metal. Available in blankets, duvets, throw pillows, shower curtains, and bath mats.
Two Minutes to Late Night’s Mutoid Man managed to gather members of Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, Primus, and Tool to record a totally badass work from home cover of the 1975 RUSH track Anthem, layered thick with guitar distortion, power bass, and impassioned vocals that would make Geddy Lee proud.
maromaro1337 is a master of the stylophone, having rocked out covers like Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, AC/DC’s Thunderstruck, and Metallica’s Master of Puppets. Here’s another hard rock classic, Motörhead’s Ace of Spades, played energetically on the simple electronic instruments. Don’t forget the Joker!
Peaches come in a can. They were put there by a man, in a factory downtown. Leo Moracchioli dusts of the 1995 Presidents of the U.S.A. hit Peaches, replacing the twangy alt-pop sounds of the original with angry electric guitar, and energetic screams about nature’s candy and some not-so-thinly-veiled sexual innuendo.
Musician Leo Moracchioli rarely busts out the trumpet for his metal and hard rock cover versions of popular songs, but in the case of Robert Palmer’s 1985 hit Addicted to Love, it was the best way to do the song justice. Though Leo’s video seems to be a little light on long-legged models in slinky black dresses.
(PG-13: Language) When the feeling’s gone and you can’t go on, it’s tragedy. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli presents an angry version of the Bee Gees’ 1979 disco hit Tragedy, a song which seems to be exceptionally relevant during these frustrating days when we can’t always be with our loved ones.
Even metal guitar gods are mortal. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is playing it safe by isolating at home with his family during the COVID-19 shutdown, so he and his daughter Electra (a monster singer in her own right) recorded a living room jam on a Beatles classic: “Come together! Right now… QUARANTINE!”
(PG-13: Language) “This isn’t metal. It’s just kids in Hot Topic clothes… yelling at me.” Comedian and heavy metal fan Brian Posehn stopped by Loudwire studios to peddle his comedy metal album Grandpa Metal, which pokes fun at the clichés of metal music. He also took a little time to roast some truly awful music videos.
Set a course for winds of fortune. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli teamed up with fellow musician Truls Haugen to perform this very well executed cover version of the Kansas prog rock classic, Carry On Wayward Son, donning ridiculous long hair, beards and mustaches to go with the ’70s sounds.
It’s not in chronological order, nor does it list any tracks, but that just means you’ve got to rise to the challenge to identify all the tracks that inspired GMC Guitar’s epic lead guitar medley. Guitarist Ben Higgins was kind enough to provide tabs if you dare attempt it yourself.
Paul McCartney’s song Wonderful Christmastime is a cheerful holiday classic. But editor Andy Rehfeldt thought that the lighthearted, synth-pop original needed a little more edge, so he turned it into a speed metal track – while still preserving McCartney’s original vocals.
Now that Thanksgiving is over, we can officially play Christmas music without feeling too guilty about it. If you’re tired of traditional carols, then sit back and rock out to Leo Moracchioli’s very special edition of Jimmy Boyd’s jolly little ditty I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.
Musician Clint Robinson puts on his best red cardigan and comfiest sneakers to rock out a death metal version of Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, the theme song from the classic kid’s program Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. We’re pretty sure Clint has scared all the children off of his block.
The Stylophone is a very basic analog electronic instrument that uses a conductive pen and a metal circuit board of “keys” as its input device. But with the help of a Digitech Whammy effects pedal and some quick pen play, maromaro1337 was able to jam out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.
Most hard rock music is played on a 6-string electric guitar, but Music is Win decided to see what it might sound like if he attempted to play some metal riffs on a 12-string blues guitar. The resulting sound is quite unique – like some kind of prog rock from the future.
(PG-13: Language) Who doesn’t love the Lizzo track Truth Hurts? Well, resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli certainly enjoys it, and shows how the song lends itself surprisingly well to a hard rock arrangement. It certainly had us banging our heads and throwing devil horns here in the office.
Musical mashup master Bill McLintock’s track will drive you mad. It’s another impossible combination that somehow just works, as Kool & The Gang’s Celebration meets Quiet Riot’s Metal Health. Crank it up to 11 as funk and metal make beautiful music together.
It’s a couple of years old, but that doesn’t make FamilyJules‘ hard rock medley of classic video game music any less entertaining. Whenever we hear video game music played with this much energy and speed, we think our character is about to run out of health. Grab the MP3 here.
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