Latin funkateers Brownout are currently gearing up to unleash the funk all over the back catalogue of metal legends Black Sabbath. They’d already teased us with ‘Paranoid’ album track ‘Hand Of Doom’, a song that originally sounded trip-hop-before-it-was-a-thing so which lent itself excellently to the twist the Austin outfit gave it. Continue reading »

Does it make sense that music school graduates who cut their teeth in jazz bands and are now in a band led by a guitarist who cites John Fahey as a major influence would cover Black Sabbath? Slothrust is that band, and their cover of “Electric Funeral” is faithful to the original while delivering the song with more energy and intensity than Black Sabbath did in 1970.

Fans of Slothrust may be used to their varied influences and assorted output. They also cover The Turtles’ “Happy Together” and have a video inspired by Britney Spears’ struggles with stardom. Set aside all the strangeness and Slothrust becomes a tight rock and roll band with droll vocals and just the right amount of guitar heroics. Watch them take on Black Sabbath below.

Find out more about Slothrust at their website.

“Changes” is not a typical Black Sabbath song. It’s piano-based with a Hammond organ hovering in the background. The tempo is slow, and Ozzy Osbourne’s vocals are remarkably restrained. The 1972 recording doesn’t even merit power ballad status and would not sound out of place on soft rock FM radio. Continue reading »

This week, Cover Me celebrates Freddie Mercury 20 years after his passing. Read Part 1 here.

On April 20, 1992, one of the most impressive collections of musicians ever assembled for one show gathered together to pay tribute to Farrokh Bulsara, better known to the world as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, who had passed away due to complications from AIDS some six months before. Today, as we approach the 20th anniversary of his passing, Cover Me looks back at this monumental concert event, a celebration of covers and of one of the most unique talents ever to grace the performing arts. Continue reading »

It’s a rare enough thing to get a full covers album based on a conceptual theme. It is a once-in-a-lifetime cover album when that theme is space and the artist is the man who has boldly gone where no man has gone before. Canadian-born actor, musician, author, producer, and director, William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk from the ’60s TV series Star Trek, is that man.

Set for release this Tuesday October 11, Shatner’s Seeking Major Tom will be available as a one volume digital download, two CDs and three vinyl LP set. The album is being released along with his new book Shatner Rules: Your Guide to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large. Continue reading »

In the seven years since he released Has Been, the people have requested – nay, demanded – another William Shatner album. You can only replay that “Rocket Man” video so many times before you need something fresh. Well, as we mentioned back in February, that comes in the form of his metal space-themed covers album (that’s the awesome album art up there). Now we’ve got our first listen, in the form of Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.” It even features ex-Ozzy guitarist Zakk Wylde shredding away. Continue reading »

In a time when the Middle East is even less stable than usual, Victoria Faiella brings us an Arabian-themed cover of Black Sabbath’s classic anti-war song. Replacing the guitar and bass with sitar and violin changes the tone from angry to haunting, and Faiella’s vocals contribute to this effect, especially when she wails “oh yeah” at the end of the second verse. Continue reading »

Twice a year, the indie chicks of Girl Crisis sit down in a Brooklyn living room to perform a cover. In the summer months, they honor their gender with a song by a female songwriter. Last summer, for instance, they covered Taylor Dayn’s “Tell It to My Heart.” In the winter, they go for the guys. This winter: Ozzy Osbourne, with Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.” Continue reading »

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