Feb 062020
bad omens come undone

“Come Undone” wasn’t even supposed to be a Duran Duran song. Guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and keyboardist Nick Rhodes were creating it for a potential outside project when singer Simon LeBon heard the song and started to write lyrics to the song pretty much immediately. The band were nearly done with their next album, but the song happened so quickly that they were able to squeeze it on to the release. It their last truly global hit to date.

At first, metalcore band Bad Omens’ cover seems pretty faithful: the guitar is pitched suitably lower but otherwise, it’s the same song, right? 11 seconds in, though, Duran Duran goes full metal, exposing the song’s underlying moodiness. But, for the most part, the verses are still quite recognizable as the Duran Duran hit. Lead vocalist Noah Sebastian handles both LeBon’s vocal and Tessa Niles’ pre-chorus hook admirably.

The real hand-banging moment comes during the chorus when the distorted guitars return and Sebastian lets out a suitably metalcore scream. And the cover reveals the real promise of metalcore, mixing metal and hardcore with things which just don’t belong.

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