Wolves At the Gate are a Christian hardcore band hailing from Cedarville, Ohio. And lately? They’ve been on a serious cover kick. The band recently released versions of Twenty One Pilots’ “Heathens” and Thirty Seconds To Mars’ “Attack”. Now, they’re onto Jon Bellion’s “Stupid Deep,” a song about trying to fill the holes in one’s heart, and not always succeeding.
Wolves At The Gate’s version of “Stupid Deep” is the yang to the yin of the original. Everything that was soft, tender, and clear about Bellion’s voice became fuzzed out and almost raspy. This cover has panned yells, arpeggiated guitars, and in-your-face percussion. Wolves At The Gate did away with the innocent and pure piano and aquatic MIDI flute and synths, but kept the cello, resulting in an ethereal hardcore sound.
The band also put their own spin on the tune, adding new lyrical content like: “There’s a hole inside my heart / There’s a hole, there’s a hole, there’s a hole”
The band removed all traces of the pure vocal harmonies and piano, trading it all for a much tougher, distressed sound. This move really showcased the angst inside the original words Bellion penned. But as the song progresses, there is a sense of a light at the end of the tunnel, closing the song with an alternate ending: “There is love, there is love, there is love….”
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