Mar 012018
baby in vain cover

On their new single, Danish trio Baby in Vain gives a nod to their countryman Lars Ulrich with an updated version of the Metallica concert staple “For Whom the Bell Tolls”.

It’s a tall order to improve the stiff-upper-lip head-bobbing classic Metallica pumped out on 1984’s Ride the Lightning. Any self-respecting rocker instantly knows the guitar riff that anchors the original. Even when your mom hears this infectious tune, she gets the metal snarl while sporting the devil horns as she weaves through the carpool line. Continue reading »

Feb 282018
best cover songs february

Today we continue the tradition we started way back one month ago. Since we’re still new at this, I’ll reiterate that our picks are unranked and semi-impulsive. Even the un-blurbed “Honorable Mentions” at the bottom aren’t necessarily worse than the rest; in many cases, we’ve just already written about them at length and have little else to say.

Okay, disclaimers behind us, let’s dive in. Continue reading »

Feb 262018
kelly hoppenjans enter sandman

We’ve seen this story before: A new trailer is released for a comic-book movie or a franchise reboot. Playing in the background is a slow, atmospheric cover of some tune that came out 20 to 40 years before the film’s target demographic was born. It’s often a cover created just for the trailer, and doesn’t exist anywhere beyond that 30-second clip (it almost never even appears in the actual movie).

Kelly Hoppenjans’ creepy cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” could be the perfect song to appear alongside the next installment of A Nightmare on Elm Street or the Suicide Squad series. But the Nashville-based indie-pop singer forgoes that part of the equation, releasing the track on its own as a single.

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Apr 032017
Aurora Metallica

Cover Me has seen a sudden influx of Metallica covers…a discovery by a new generation of some deep and dark 80’s/90’s hard rock music. Interestingly, the most compelling covers are coming from female singers with serious chops. We recently heard Caroline Baran and Postmodern Jukebox cover “Nothing Else Matters” with a jazzy, soulful vibe and now we can add Aurora to the mix as well.

Aurora consists of Louise Roussety and Owen Chesterton from Australia pumping out “stripped back, southern tinged, folk inflected” songs with a simple recipe of voice and acoustic guitar. Much like the Postmodern Jukebox jazz band, it’s an unlikely setup for a Metallica cover. Continue reading »

Mar 062017
postmodern jukebox caroline buran

Caroline Baran is an amazingly talented 15 year old singer who made her debut on old-timey covers series Postmodern Jukebox in 2016 singing Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”. She was discovered during a Postmodern Jukebox competition, and boy what a discovery. Like a young Alicia Keys, Baran possesses an understanding of music that is far beyond her years. Coupled with a voice that is both technically and musically superb, Baran is a rare young talent, as evidenced in this gorgeous rendition of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters”. Continue reading »

Jan 232017

Banjo Guy Ollie is a multi-talented musician from Ireland.  He spends most of his time recording covers of video game music using acoustic instruments.  I first heard of him a couple of years ago when my friend, Dave, sent me the Double Dragon theme song.  (Dave and I spent most of our time in high school at the arcade trying to save Marian from the Black Warriors.)

Ollie admitted to me, though, that occasionally he likes to cover the odd rock/pop tune. His most recent in this category is Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam.”  For the song, he uses a mandolin, an Irish bouzouki and a five-string tenor banjo.  (I love his creative drumming, as well.) Continue reading »