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Heavy Metal

12-String Metal

12-String Metal

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.

Lizzo Metal

Lizzo Metal

(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.

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99 Lead Balloons

99 Lead Balloons

Heavy metal musician and cover artist Leo Moracchioli takes on the original German version of Nena’s 1983 pop hit 99 Luftbaloons, giving the song the kind of angry and severe sounds you’d expect from the country that gave us Rammstein.

Bang Your Head (It’s a Celebration)

Bang Your Head (It’s a Celebration)

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.

Video Game Metal Tribute

Video Game Metal Tribute

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.

5 Minutes of Fame

5 Minutes of Fame

Mashup master Bill McClintock managed to combine the funky bassline and guitar riffs of David Bowie’s Fame with the rough-edged metal vocals of Pantera’s 5 Minutes Alone. The resulting track is like watching a spectacular accident that you can’t look away from.

Red Fang: Antidote

Red Fang: Antidote

(Gore) Director Ansel Wallenfang’s awesome music video for metal band Red Fang’s track Antidote looks like a level from a 16-bit video game, is packed with retro gaming tropes, and culminates with one of the greatest boss fights of all time. We so want to play that van beatdown level.

Y.M.C.A. (Metal Edition)

Y.M.C.A. (Metal Edition)

Musician and madman Andy Rehfeldt removed the disco backing track from the classic 1978 Village People anthem, and replaced it with the angry shredding of electric guitar. Talk about a disco inferno; this version burns down the house.

Jolene: Metal Edition

Jolene: Metal Edition

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli takes on Dolly Parton’s classic country ballad about her marital insecurities in the only way he knows how – with lots of blood-curdling screams and headbanging. Though the acoustic guitar was unexpected.

No Metal Scrubs

No Metal Scrubs

While we’ve been enjoying Weezer’s cover of TLC’s hit No Scrubs, but it’s a little on the mellow side. For those of you who prefer your 1990s R&B with a harder edge, you’ll want to check out Leo Moracchioli’s metal-infused take on the track.

The Dirt (Trailer)

The Dirt (Trailer)

(PG-13: Language) Netflix presents an over-the-top biopic based on the eponymous 2001 autobiography of Mötley Crüe, telling the wild and wooly story of one of the world’s most notorious rock bands. Directed by Jeff Tremaine of Jackass and Bad Grandpa fame.

Minor to Major Metal

Minor to Major Metal

What happens when you transpose a bunch of fierce heavy metal songs from a minor key to a major key? The Paranormal Guitar Channel changed up a bunch of hard rock tracks, making them far more lighthearted than their original counterparts.

Metal Ring of Fire

Metal Ring of Fire

It Burns Burns Burns! Leo Moracchioli lights his studio on fire with his rendition of the Johnny Cash classic Ring of Fire. While he adds his typical growls and grunts, he preserves the song’s mariachi-inspired brass sounds.

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Ain’t Too Shy to Beg

Ain’t Too Shy to Beg

My, my, my, we ain’t too proud to beg. Bill McClintock’s latest musical mashup combines the motown sounds of The Temptations with the wailing vocals of ’80s hair band Great White. However wrong the idea may seems, it comes together brilliantly.

A Christmas Rock Medley

A Christmas Rock Medley

Enjoy some holiday classics with a little extra edge, courtesy of musician Richard Campbell, who infuses some hard rock verve into tunes like I Saw Three Ships, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, and Carol of the Bells with this fun and energetic medley.

Who Invented Metal?

Who Invented Metal?

From Black Sabbath to Metallica to Mastodon, there are lots of different sub-genres of heavy metal music. But where did it all start from? Polyphonic sets out on a mission to identify when rock and roll splintered off to give birth to an edgier and angrier sound.

Metal Tubthumping

Metal Tubthumping

YouTube’s resident metalnerd Leo Moracchioli takes on one-hit wonder Chumbawamba’s 1997 track Tubthumping, a song about getting drunk and in bar fights that will infect your ear by simply hearing “I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never gonna keep me down…”

This is Death Metal Halloween

This is Death Metal Halloween

Musician Leo Moracchioli screams like a banshee and makes a scene, celebrating Halloween with a demonic, headbanging cover version of Danny Elfman’s holiday classic This is Halloween from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Crazy Floppy Train

Crazy Floppy Train

The Floppotron regales us with yet another tune that suits its sounds perfectly. Crank up the volume, bang your head, and bite off a bat’s noggin while you enjoy this electromechanical cover version of Ozzy Osbourne’s 1980 hit single, Crazy Train.

The Bad Metal Touch

The Bad Metal Touch

(PG-13: Lyrics) Musician Leo Moracchioli asks us to do it like they do on the Discovery channel with his metal-edged cover of Bloodhouse Gang’s dirty-minded 1999 hit, complete with a deranged looking bunny rabbit egging us on.

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What Does the Metal Fox Say?

What Does the Metal Fox Say?

For his latest heavy metal cover, musician Leo Moracchioli dusts off a little ditty that blew up the internet back in 2013, Ylvis’ megahit The Fox. We’re guessing Leo will be covering Chocolate Rain and Numa Numa any day now.

SpongeBob Metalpants

SpongeBob Metalpants

Despite one reader who didn’t bother providing a real email address so we could respond to his complaint, we’re not sick of Leo Moracchioli’s cover songs yet. Listen up kids, and head to Bikini Bottom with this fun metal edition of the theme song from SpongeBob SquarePants.

Hard Rock Me Amadeus

Hard Rock Me Amadeus

There was very little about Falco’s 1985 hit Rock Me Amadeus that was actually rock music, so Leo Moracchioli has cured the song of its electro-pop leanings and turned it into a proper headbanger, delivering on the promise of the original’s harsh-sounding German lyrics.

Toxic Heavy Metal

Toxic Heavy Metal

Musician Leo Moracchioli hops up some pop with his heavy metal edition of Britney Spears’ 2004 mega-hit Toxic. We have to say that Leo’s angry and edgy arrangement suits the lyrics better than the original.

Metal Disco Inferno

Metal Disco Inferno

Burn that mutha down! Metalhead Leo Moracchioli takes on The Trammps’ 1977 hit Disco Inferno, lending a bit of added heat and fire to the dancefloor classic. We like to imagine John Travolta headbanging to this in his iconic white suit on the light-up dancefloor.

Smooth Metal Criminal

Smooth Metal Criminal

Leo Moracchioli intensifies Michael Jackson’s already taut pop-rock track by infusing the 1987 mega-hit Smooth Criminal with his trademark blend of gravely, headbanging heavy metal that puts Alien Ant Farm’s rock cover to shame.

Groove Is in the Metal Heart

Groove Is in the Metal Heart

Leo Moracchioli proves once again that even the most unlikely of tracks can be covered in his growly heavy metal style. Here, he takes Dee-Lite’s big 1990 dance hit Groove Is in the Heart, and powers it up, while still retaining the whimsical slide whistle.

One-Man Industrial Doom Metal Band

One-Man Industrial Doom Metal Band

Noisey introduces us to Tristan Shone, the musician behind Author & Punisher. His experience as a mechanical engineer led him to create unique tactile interfaces which he uses to create his distinctively analog industrial sound. There’s a great concert film here.

MMMetalBop

MMMetalBop

Leo Moracchioli belts out an extreme remake of Hansen’s 1997 teeny-bopper pop hit MMMbop which is pretty much what the song would have sounded like if the young brothers have been possessed by very angry demons whenever the chorus kicked in.

Master of Puppets: Jazz Edition

Master of Puppets: Jazz Edition

Musician Andy Rehfeldt loves to turn metal songs into jazz tunes. His latest makeover? Transforming Metallica’s magnum opus Master of Puppets into something even dear old Mom and Dad would enjoy. Though at 5:00, we thought it was gonna segue into Get Lucky.

A Brief History of Metal

A Brief History of Metal

(PG-13: Language) After schooling us on Goth, Pitchfork is back with another entertaining, yet educational animated history short. This time you’ll learn about the foundations of heavy metal music, and how the genre has evolved over the decades. KISS WAS NEVER METAL!

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