We’ve told you before about unlikely covers by metal bands that totally rocked, but what about covers of classic heavy metal songs classics that totally don’t? Wait, let me rephrase that. What about covers of classic heavy metal songs that completely re-imagine the originals and deliver them in a totally unique, often amazing, however, definitely non-metal manner? Ever wonder what Slayer’s “Raining Blood” would sound like if it was played on a banjo instead of guitar? How about a ‘60s soul version of a Black Sabbath song, complete with pleading vocals and a horn section? Trust us, it’s amazing. And did you know that Mariah Carey covered Def Leppard’s “Bringin’ On The Heartache”? We sure didn’t, but actually, it’s pretty cool. No, seriously. Check out our list of 15 crazy covers of metal classics. Even if you hate them, you’ll still want to hear them.
Rob Scallon “Raining Blood” (originally by Slayer)
This talented multi-instrumentalist has posted a series of “Metal on instruments that aren’t metal” videos on Youtube but his banjo version of one of Slayer’s heaviest numbers takes the cake.
Charles Bradley “Changes” (originally by Black Sabbath)
The 63-year old soul singer recasts the Sabbath ballad as a pleading, horn-laden soul epic, and the results are truly devastating.
Hear singer Charles Bradley talk about how his late-in-life career took off and check out his awesome cover of Black Sabbath’s “Changes.”