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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.

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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?

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.

Wake Me Up Before You Headbang

Wake Me Up Before You Headbang

CHOOSE LIFE with this hilarious, but somehow completely right heavy metal cover version of WHAM!’s cheesetastic 1984 hit Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, as performed by Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios.

High On Fire: The Black Plot

High On Fire: The Black Plot

(PG-13) Fantasy illustrator Skinner and Hey Beautiful Jerk’s animated video for High on Fire’s track is a heavy metal fever dream, packed with vibrant colors, fantastic creatures, demons, battles, blood, guts, and even a couple of cartoon boobies for good measure.

Sonic Goes Metal

Sonic Goes Metal

Fans of the classic SEGA Genesis game Sonic the Hedgehog will immediately recognize every one of these tracks, redone with a metal edge by Russian musician Michael Sobin. Seriously, all these tunes are permanently ingrained in our brains since childhood.

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X-Men: Metal Edition

X-Men: Metal Edition

Guitarist ERock presents his head-banging edition of the earworm that is the opening title music from the 1990’s X-Men animated series. Seriously, we have no idea why they don’t start using this as the theme for the new movies.

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Babymetal: Metal Resistance

Pop thrash metal band Babymetal’s girls are teenagers now, and they’ve gone mainstream globally. So we hate them now. Just kidding. Their new album Metal Resistance gives us more of their unorthodox mix of hair-raising music and kawaii singing.

Death Metal Colada

Death Metal Colada

If you like piña coladas, and some screaming in pain, this video is for you. Rupert Holmes’ 1979 hit takes a dark turn with the help of YouTuber Wilton Turdley. Though we’re pretty sure that’s Animal on vocals.

iPhone Ringtones: Metal Edition

iPhone Ringtones: Metal Edition

Musician Jack Fliegler (aka “ToxicxEternity“) arranged this heavy metal tribute that seriously expands on one of today’s most familiar sounds: a stock iPhone ringtone. Our next request: the classic Nokia ringtone. Oh wait.

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Mister Rocker’s Neighborhood

Please won’t you be our neighbor? Musician 331Erock puts on his comfy cardigan, takes off his loafers, and turns the classic childhood theme song from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood into a rock tune.

Debit Girl

Debit Girl

She might look like a darling little 11 year-old girl, but Lisa-X is a serious rocker. Watch as she gets the whole room going by shredding a speed metal rendition of Schubert’s Lullaby on her electric guitar in this commercial for JNB Visa Debit cards.

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

Jesu/Sun Kil Moon

(PG-13: Language) The talented jerk that is Mark Kozelek aka Sun Kil Moon goes on barely controlled rambles about being mystified and being grateful for love amidst the droning waves by post-metal band Jesu. Even if the first track isn’t your thing, give the others a chance.

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Feel Good Inc.: Metal Cover

Feel Good Inc.: Metal Cover

Musician Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios transformed the classic Gorillaz (or is it Bunniez?) track into a hard-edged rock arrangement. The behind the scenes video is worth a watch too. We’re amazed that the cameraman didn’t end up on his butt.

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Martha Psyko: Metal Violinist

Musician Martha Psyko performs rock and metal tunes on her electric violin. From AC/DC’s Thunderstruck to GNR’s Sweet Child O’ Mine to Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer, to Metallica’s Master of Puppets, she knows her way around a fiddle. Her Misirlou ain’t bad either.

Rockstakovich

Rockstakovich

Guitarist Connor Gallagher, whose name sounds like a mashup of characters on two Showtime series, cranks out a dynamic metal version of the musical rollercoaster ride that is Symphony No. 5. IV. Allegro non troppo by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Heavy Metal Jaws

Heavy Metal Jaws

Guitarist 331Erock’s latest metal cover comes to us courtesy of John Williams’ dramatic main theme from Jaws. We have to say the abrasive electric guitar sounds seem much more fitting of an angry great white shark than a cello does.

Stayin’ Alive: Heavy Metal Cover

Stayin’ Alive: Heavy Metal Cover

We’re pretty confident that the microphone, ukulele and drum kit that Leo Moracchioli is playing in his music video for his head-banging arrangement of the Bee Gees’ classic disco track aren’t the ones he actually recorded with.

Death Metal Grease

Death Metal Grease

We’ve got chills. They’re multiplyin’. The seldom boring Andy Rehfeldt recorded this revamp of You’re the One That I Want from the musical Grease with a sound that’s sure to make ears bleed, and ’50s and ’70s sentimentalists weep.

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