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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.

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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!

What’s Up? Metal That’s What.

What’s Up? Metal That’s What.

Leo Moracchioli’s latest heavy metal cover takes 4 Non Blonde’s 1992 quirky pop hit What’s Up? and sharpens its edge on his grinding stone. Though we kind of miss Johnette Napolitano’s distinctive yodel. Her hat, not so much.

System of a Ukulele

System of a Ukulele

The Melodicka Bros turn in a sweet cover version of System of a Down’s classic B.Y.O.B., performed entirely on a pair of ukuleles. Just because they’re playing tiny musical instruments doesn’t mean they can’t shred with the best of ’em.

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Hard Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

You will get a sentimental feeling… when you hear… Frog Leap singing ‘let’s be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly.’ Enjoy a holiday treat from Leo Moracchioli, as he turns in a tough-as-nails rendition of the 1960 Brenda Lee classic Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

13 year-old Owen Davey is a master of not just one instrument, but can rock lead guitar, bass, and drums with the best of them. Here, he performs all of the parts from Metallica’s classic Master of Puppets like a badass. His cover of YYZ by Rush is solid too.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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