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Awesome Heavy Metal

We Didn’t Start the Fire: Heavy Metal Edition

We Didn’t Start the Fire: Heavy Metal Edition

Wheel of Fortune, Sally Ride, heavy metal suicide. Leo Morachiolli didn’t start the fire, but he did an impressive job covering Billy Joel’s wordy 1989 hit, adding fuel to the inferno with his hard-edged guitar and gravelly vocals. If you’re waiting for Joel to update the song for the 21st century, don’t hold your breath.

Playing Metal Riffs on a Banjo

Playing Metal Riffs on a Banjo

A banjo is not typically associated with rock or heavy metal music. But it turns out that if you tune it to standard C and shred metal riffs on a 6-string banjo the same way you’d play an electric guitar, it’s possible to rock out on the country-bluegrass instrument. Guitarist Bernth shows us how it’s done.

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Don’t You (Forget About Metal)

Don’t You (Forget About Metal)

Good morning! It’s time for your wake-up call, and there’s no better sound to get you up and going than the screaming vocals of metalhead Leo Moracchioli. This time, he sharpened the edge of the Simple Minds track Don’t You (Forget About Me</a>. Rain keeps falling, down, down, down works really well as a metal lyric.

Appetite for Destruction by 12 Bands

Appetite for Destruction by 12 Bands

Musician Steve Welsh imagines what it might have sounded like if the album Appetite for Destruction wasn’t just written by Guns N’ Roses, but they shared writing credit with 11 other bands. We can’t decide if Mot├Ârhead It’s So Easy or Mr. Brownstone by Oasis is our favorite.

Clint Eastwood: Metal Edition

Clint Eastwood: Metal Edition

Leo Moracchioli is feeling glad, and he’s got sunshine in a bag. So kick back, crank up the volume, and enjoy his amped-up rock cover version of Gorillaz’s 2001 hit track Clint Eastwood. It’s so good that we want him to cover Dare now.

Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Baby Got Back: Metal Edition

Because Leo Moracchioli needs to turn every possible song into a heavy metal version of itself, here’s his absolutely explosive cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot track Baby Got Back. Next time you have a workplace party, be sure to crank this one up to 11.

Electric Sex Machine

Electric Sex Machine

Get Get Up. James Brown meets Judas Priest in another genius mashup by music editor Bill McClintock. Mixing soul vocals and heavy metal rhythms, the track is a real banger that makes us wish this collaboration had happened in real life. See if you can spot the audio cameos by Metallica and Megadeth.

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4-Minute Metal Medley

4-Minute Metal Medley

Musician Leo Moracchioli is usually entertaining us with his unique, heavy metal versions of popular songs. This time out, he focused his intense energy on existing metal and rock, performing song excerpts from Disturbed to Cannibal Corpse in a rapid-fire medley.

Metal Mungo Jerry

Metal Mungo Jerry

Heavy metal musician Leo Moracchioli busts out the banjo and euphonium for this oompah-rock cover version of Mungo Jerry’s classic skiffle track In the Summertime. The only thing Leo neglected to do was grow out some epic sideburns like Mungo lead singer Ray Dorset wore.

The Metal Went Down to Georgia

The Metal Went Down to Georgia

The Charlie Daniels Band track The Devil Went Down to Georgia is one of the greatest country rock jams of all time. Guitarist Eric Calderone pays tribute to the 1979 classic with a powerful heavy metal version of the song about a fiddle-playing Satan looking for some souls to steal… minus the fiddle.

Y.M.C.A. as a Heavy Metal Song

Y.M.C.A. as a Heavy Metal Song

Get yourself clean, have a good meal, and do whatever you feel. Leo Moracchioli is here to rock out a high-energy cover version of the Village People’s 1978 disco track Y.M.C.A.. The only thing better would have been if Leo had worn the original cop’s uniform.

DOOM Riffs on Stylophone

DOOM Riffs on Stylophone

Stylophone expert maromaro1337 performed a medley of the heavy metal music hidden in plain sight in the corridors of the 1990s first-person shooter, DOOM. The game’s soundtrack swiped riffs from Metallica, Pantera, AC/DC, and Anthrax, among others. See how many you can identify without opening your eyes.

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Fraggle Metal

Fraggle Metal

Musician Leo Moracchioli has always had a thing for puppets, so it’s only natural that he’d expand his repertoire to include a song from a puppet show. His heavy metal cover of the theme from Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock will have you dancing your cares away and saving your worries for another day.

Master of the Neutron Dance of Destruction

Master of the Neutron Dance of Destruction

I’ll just stay here, locked behind the door… swaying to the symphony of destruction. Bill McClintock combined the music of The Pointer Sisters’, Megadeth, Metallica, and Blue Oyster Cult into a molten-hot bouillabaisse of disco metal. If this doesn’t get you dancing at your desk, we don’t know what will.

Metal Zombie

Metal Zombie

Turn up your speakers to 11 and scream at the top of your lungs to this re-upload of Leo Moracchioli’s excellent 2016 metal cover version of The Cranberries’ classic Zombie. It’s loud, intense, and apropos of the blood-boiling things going on in the world at the moment.

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This Is GWAR (Trailer)

This documentary takes us inside the world of one of the most outrageous acts ever, GWAR. Along with interviews with the band’s members, you’ll hear how the masters of trash metal have influenced everyone from Weird Al to Bam Margera, and the hard work that goes into their fluid-soaked stage shows. Coming to Shudder on 7.21.22.

I Can Only Count to Four

I Can Only Count to Four

When we watched Sesame Street, The Count helped us learn our numbers. But in Psychostick’s alternative-universe kids’ show, Kermit is responsible for the math lessons, and apparently he’s not very good at it. Let the numbers hit the floor.

The Battle of Cape Fear River

The Battle of Cape Fear River

(PG-13: Language) Want to know the true story of Blackbeard’s last stand? Look no further than the music video for Alestorm’s track The Battle of Cape Fear River. It’s just one of the pirate metal tracks off of their latest album Seventh Rum of a Seventh Rum. Turn captions on for lyrics – including the guitar solo.

Row, Row, Row Your Metal Boat

Row, Row, Row Your Metal Boat

Musician Leo Moracchioli is known for his heavy metal covers of pop music. We guess the classic singalong Row, Row, Row Your Boat is as popular as kids’ songs get. So Leo and his puppet avatar got down to business to give us the most metal version they could come up with. Life is but a dream, woooooooooooah!

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

Heavy Stylophone Riffs

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 jammed out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.

Hip to Be Metal

Hip to Be Metal

Musician Leo Moracchioli is here, there, and everywhere with energetic heavy metal cover of the Huey Lewis and the News 1986 hit Hip to Be Square, a song you might also remember from the novel and film American Psycho.

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Rammstein Fingerstyle

Ein. Zwei. Drei. Vier… Hier kommt die Sonne. Guitarist Alexandr Misko gives the Rammstein song Sonne a totally new, yet awesome sound. He still manages to capture the aggressive energy of the original but still makes it all his own.

Heavy Metal Milkshake

Heavy Metal Milkshake

You know two things we don’t think of when we hear the Kelis song Milkshake? Norway and heavy metal. Yet, here we are with another vigorous rock performance by Oltedal, Norway’s resident metalhead Leo Morachiolli, and this time he’s here to bring all the boys to the yard.

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