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Megadeth & Electra Come Together

Megadeth & Electra Come Together

Even metal guitar gods are moral. 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!”

Metal Mad World

Metal Mad World

The Tears for Fears track Mad World has had two very strong showings over the years. Now we have a third variant, with the Melodicka Bros turning in a very solid hard rock arrangement of the song, expressing the song’s lyrics with a bit more anger than sorrow.

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Metal’s Dumbest Videos

Metal’s Dumbest Videos

(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.

Carry on Metal Son

Carry on Metal Son

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.

Daft Punk Heavy Metal

Daft Punk Heavy Metal

Musician 331Erock gives the Daft Punk track Digital Love a whole new sound, replacing its synth-heavy rhythms with fuzzy electric guitar. Be sure to stick around for the epic solo at 2:45, then check out Erock’s cover of Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons.

Last Angel of Christmas

Last Angel of Christmas

Celebrate the holidays with some Slayer, courtesy of mashup artist Andy Rehfeldt, who combined the devilish vocals from their track Angel of Death with the upbeat 80s synth-pop of Wham!’s holiday classic Last Christmas.

History of Metal in One Song

History of Metal in One Song

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.

McCartney’s Metal Christmas

McCartney’s Metal Christmas

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.

I Saw Mommy Kissing Metal Claus

I Saw Mommy Kissing Metal Claus

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.

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

Metal Rogers’ Neighborhood

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.

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 was able to jam out some iconic rock riffs on the monophonic keyboard. More here.

The Addams Family: Metal Edition

The Addams Family: Metal Edition

If any family deserves a heavy metal theme song, it’s the creepy, kooky, mysterious and spooky Addams Family. Just in time for Halloween, Mustachioed metalhead Leo Moracchioli is here to oblige with his gravelly-voiced rendition.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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