As we covered back in March, the horn-fueled Brass Against are a group you need to know. They’re back with a new cover of Tool, who they’ve covered a couple times previously. This time they take on “Stinkfist” and it’s a blast.
The band has kept a lot of the elements of the original; this is a hard hitting prog/metal cover. If you’re just listening to the drums and guitar, it feels very familiar. The change comes from both the horn section, obviously, and the powerful vocals of Sophia Urista. Urista has the unenviable challenge of all Tool covers: comparisons to singer Maynard Keenan. She’s all over it here, though, matching the intensity of the original and sounding incredible start to finish.
As for the titular brass section, if you were expecting something along the lines of your high school band’s rendition of “Wayward Son” (as hard as it may have rocked) think again. The baritone sax and the tuba hold down the low end of the song while the trumpets and trombone create this swirling, boozy aura. It’s slightly disorienting and odd, but the best part of the song happens after the bridge when all the instruments play the chugging riff in unison. Be prepared for compulsive headbanging. Check out the video below and then check out more from Brass Against here.