Alright, I will admit that the recent trend in pop songs (Ke$ha, Lady Gaga etc.) are a guilty pleasure of mine. Well, that guilty pleasure reached new levels when I discovered metal cover/remixes of said songs. I even divided them into a few categories, but there is one important rule: the spirit of the original song must be preserved. This usually means I don’t like people doing metal vocals over the original song, because vocal melody is probably the most important part of most pop songs.
Mashup Of An Existing Metal Song With Pop:
This category is perhaps one that requires the least amount of effort on part of the maker, but it’s still not easy to do well. Actually, there are very few of these that are exceptionally good.
Let’s start with a short and simple one. This one is done by Drewsif Stalin, it’s a mashup of Within the Ruins‘ “Tractor Pull” and Katy Perry‘s “I Kissed A Girl“:
Here’s one that’s really popular, I don’t really like it but a lot of people do so there you go. It’s Meshuggah‘s “Bleed” with Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi“. I like the extra effort someone else made to put the videos together in a way that kind of makes sense:
This one is surprisingly good, considering I like neither Periphery nor Katy Perry. Periphery – “Light“, Katy Perry – “I Kissed A Girl“:
And this one is my favorite of this category, partly because Behemoth is one of my favorite bands, and the combined video looks pretty awesome (and I do like “Bad Romance“). Behemoth’s “Ov Fire And The Void” and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance“:
Metal Instruments Combined With The Original Song
This category requires more effort on part of the creator, because you have to come up with good instrumentals that not only mix well with the original song but also are worthwhile on their own. The bad ones just play the chords of the pop song with distortion, but the good ones go the extra step to be awesome.
This first one is pretty awesome, applying power metal tropes (including ridiculous solos and keyboards) to Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl“:
In case you’re unaware of who The Algorithm is, he’s a dubstep artist that incorporates metal into his songs. If you’re into dubstep, he’s definitely worth checking out. Here’s what he’s done to Lady Gaga’s “Telephone“:
This is a pretty decent djent cover of Gaga’s “Paparazzi“:
Here’s a good cover of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face“, which for some reason has Meshuggah’s “Bleed” video over it:
But out of all these, my favorite has got to be h3ddan’s awesome cover of Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok“. The production is very good, and the solo is insane:
This category is the hardest of them all, because you have to sing the song decently, and turn it into a good metal song.
Let’s start off with a decent one. When a scene band with autotuned vocals does Ke$ha, it’s a surprisingly good mix. The breakdown also fits perfectly. Here’s “Tik Tok” again by Woe, Is Me:
Turns out scene bands are pretty good at this. Here’s a cover of Lonely Island‘s “I’m On A Boat” by Broadway:
But no one can hold a candle to this incredibly awesome version by Goatmill. They even shot a their version of the original video too. This was almost my favorite out of all the songs in this post:
However, Leander takes the cake on this one. His verison of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” is just phenomenal. He not only reflects the original song perfectly, but he adds so much of his own (and from Brahms, watch till the end). If you don’t know who Leander is, he is a Hungarian singer/bassist/pianist whose band contains Attila Voros, who is Nevermore‘s touring guitarist right now. He also has an awesome voice. Here you go:
While nothing can top that, here’s Rihanna‘s “Only Girl“, again by Leander, just to demonstrate his skill. He has many songs of his own too, so check them out afterwards! Beware, this video is pretty hilarious:
Bonus: Veil of Maya‘s cover of U2‘s “Sunday Bloody Sunday“, because I love Veil of Maya:
Well, that’s your lot! A lot of lot at that. Ungrateful wretches!