THE BEST Heavy Metal

Metal Summer of ’69

Metal Summer of ’69

Musician Leo Moracchioli simultaneously goes back to the ’80s and the ’60s as applies his trademark metal edge to Bryan Adams’ classic remembrance of youth. What was the best year of your life?

Metal Umbrella

Metal Umbrella

Leo Moracchioli applies his his trademark blend of angry guitar and hoarse-voiced scream-singing to Rihanna’s 2007 megahit Umbrella. We like to think that Leo’s umbrella has a razor-sharpened steel tip.

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The Number of the Bossa Nova Beast

The Number of the Bossa Nova Beast

What did I see? Could I believe… that what I saw that night was real and not just fantasy? Musician and remixer Andy Rehfeldt presents an brilliant and easygoing version of Iron Maiden’s devilish track set to a smooth bossa nova beat.

Smooth Metal

Smooth Metal

Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas’ hit Smooth already had a great lead guitar track, but musician Leo Moracchioli went and built on that with his hard rockin’ interpretation of the tune, which isn’t necessarily better than the original, but is still pretty darned awesome.

I Believe I Can Fly: Metal Edition

I Believe I Can Fly: Metal Edition

Leo Moracchioli continues to rock it out of the park with his heavy metal covers – this time taking on R. Kelly’s 1996 hit ballad, turning it into a legitimate alt-rock track which could stand entirely on its own. Show your support for Leo by buying his tracks here.

Metal Africa

Metal Africa

Musician Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios turns in another fantastic heavy metal cover version – this time putting a razor-sharpened edge on the 1982 Toto pop hit Africa. This time, he’s joined by vocalist Hannah Boulton and guitarist Rabea Massaad.

Mastodon: Sultan’s Curse

Mastodon: Sultan’s Curse

Hey Beautiful Jerk and illustrator Skinner created about an hour of footage for heavy metal band Mastodon’s recent world tour, and have boiled down some of their epic animated nightmare fuel into a 4-minute video for the band’s track Sultan’s Curse.

Mr. Rogers Sings Death Metal

Mr. Rogers Sings Death Metal

Musician and all-around madman Andy Rehfeldt is back with another death metal cover. This time, he turns our favorite mild-mannered, cardigan-wearing neighbor into an angry member of the Army of Satan. Though at times, Andy’s death metal voice sounds a whole lot like Cookie Monster.

Mama Metal

Mama Metal

Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios takes what was arguably the edgiest sounding song Genesis ever recorded and ramps up the passion and intensity to 11,000 with his throat-frying metal interpretation of the 1983 track, Mama.

Yellow Metal

Yellow Metal

His hair was all yellow… Two of our favorite musicians, Leo Moracchioli and Davie504 teamed up to create a heavy metal version of Coldplay’s 2000 hit Yellow, poking fun at Chris Martin’s beach stroll along the way.

Batman 1966 Metal Edition

Batman 1966 Metal Edition

POW! BIFF! THWAP! Guitarist 331Erock pays tribute to Adam West and the character he defined for generations with a rollicking hard rock take on the spy flick slash surf rock sounds of Neal Hefti’s 1966 classic Batman theme song.

Super Freak: Metal Edition

Super Freak: Metal Edition

Musician and video maker Andy Rehfeldt took the Rick James hit Super Freak and reworked its backing track from disco funk to hard rock. It works shockingly well, and to a certain extent seems more appropriate for the bad girl James describes in the lyrics.

ABBA Metal

ABBA Metal

Every time Leo Moracchioli screams another song at the top of his lungs, we wonder how he still has a voice, but his gravely pipes are still rockin’, as he turns the ABBA 1976 disco hit Dancing Queen into a hard rock tune that still retains just a dash of its pop goodness.

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Insane in the Metal Brain

Insane in the Metal Brain

(PG-13 Language) After hearing Kasabian’s toned-down take on Cypress Hill’s pro-pot, anti-cop anthem, Leo Moracchioli is here to perform the antidote for that version, an audacious, loud, hard rockin’ cover of the hip hop classic.

Berimbau Metal

Berimbau Metal

Musician Rob Scallon uses a primitive Brazilian instrument called a Berimbau to crank out some hard rock. We figure from the way it sounds, it would be good for making dubstep too – and it turns out that Andrew Huang has already indulged that idea.

Johnny B. Metal

Johnny B. Metal

Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios pays tribute to the late Chuck Berry in his own inimitable style, with a hard rock cover of his classic Johnny B. Goode that we like to think is where Marty McFly would have gone if he’d been allowed to finish his performance.

Chop Suey Served in 20 Styles

Chop Suey Served in 20 Styles

For his latest video, Ten Second Songs‘ Anthony Vincent performs System of a Down’s Chop Suey! in the style of 20 dramatically different performers, from Michael Jackson to the Bee Gees to the Wu-Tang Clan. The Faith No More bit cracked us up.

Sitar Metal

Sitar Metal

Musician Rob Scallon proves that with the right technique, you can play any genre of music on any instrument, despite its original intent. While this “metal” track loses a bit of its edge on a traditional Indian 19-string sitar, it’s still surprisingly pleasing to the ear.

Theremin Metal

Theremin Metal

The 1950’s sci-fi B-movie squeals of the theremin are probably the last thing that we’d associate with heavy metal music. But that didn’t stop musician Rob Scallon from giving it the old college try.

All That She Wants Is a Metal Baby

All That She Wants Is a Metal Baby

Musician Leo Moracchioli takes on the 1993 track All That She Wants by Ace of Bass and applies a fresh and heavy coat of screaming, shredding, and devilish looks to the cheesy Swedish pop hit. Seriously though, how does Leo still have a voice?

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The Pretender: Metal Cover

The Pretender: Metal Cover

The Foo Fighters can already rock pretty damned hard, so we were kind of surprised to see Leo Moracchioli turn in a metal version of one of their tracks. Regardless, Leo knocked it out of the park with his latest cover.

Okilly Dokilly: White Wine Spritzer

Okilly Dokilly: White Wine Spritzer

Hi-dilly-ho Neigboreenos! If you’ve been dying for a Ned Flanders themed metal band, today is your lucky day, as these guys just dropped the first single from their debut album, Howdilly Doodilly, due out 11/11/16.

Creep: Metal Cover

Creep: Metal Cover

(PG-13: Language) Radiohead’s original version already had a pretty good edge to it, but if you wait for the chorus to kick in, Leo Moracchioli’s metal cover kicks things up a notch or two, with an extra dose of angst and screaming.

Metal without Distortion

Metal without Distortion

Our brains are so programmed to hearing hard rock and metal guitar riffs played with fuzz, that we’ve forgotten what electric guitars really sound like. The Paranormal Guitar Channel reveals what some tunes sound like without the effect – basically, it’s surf music, a la Dick Dale.

Crazy Train: Bluegrass Edition

Crazy Train: Bluegrass Edition

A slightly more toned down and twangy version of Ozzy Osbourne’s metal classic, performed live by bluegrass band Iron Horse, accompanied by Orchestra Sul Ponticello. From the album Black & Bluegrass.

Harder, Better, Faster, Shredder

Harder, Better, Faster, Shredder

Musician 331Erock adds his own special touch to Daft Punk’s classic Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger, as he rocks out some sweet heavy metal riffs to accompany the awesome Live @Alive 2007 version of the track.

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