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Wow, what a weekend! We sure hope you enjoyed the special all-covers edition of Metal Shop this week. For Halloween, we figured it would be fitting to hear all your favorite metal bands dressing up as their favorite bands. From Pantera covering The Nuge to Devildriver taking on Iron Maiden, we made it our duty to unearth the coolest metal covers in existence.
When all is said and done, I ask you, the listener one question: What makes a good cover? Do you prefer sticking to the original source material closely, or do you more so appreciate artists who deviate from it and create their own twisted take on it. I can appreciate both, but I always love hearing a band take a classic and throw their own flavor with it. Two of my favorite covers from this past Saturday night were songs that were originally the antithesis of heavy – The B-52’s “Rock Lobster” and Gary Wright “Dreamweaver.” But when placed in the hands of Botch and Crowbar, these songs are re-imagined, re-energized and therefore given a new life for an entirely different audience to appreciate.
Coming up in the next couple weeks we have some pretty huge shows! On Friday the 12th, Nile will be returning to El Corazon with an uber brutal lineup rounded out by Pathology, Ex-Deo and Australian powerhouse Psycroptic.
The next day, the touring satanic mass descends upon Seattle. On Saturday, November 13th, black metal masters Watain will be playing Seattle alongside Goatwhore. If you can’t stand the sight of animal carcasses, you might want to sit this one out.
I can’t wait to check out this Big 4 live DVD that is sitting right in front of me as I type. For those unfamiliar, the big four thrash bands from the 80’s – Slayer, Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax united for the first time ever last spring for a handful of concerts overseas. They filmed the reunion and the DVD was released just yesterday. Just think, now that all the bases are covered, a United States Big Four tour is looking more and more likely by the week. Truthfully, though, what would be a Seattle venue that could host a concert of this size? I’m going to have to go with Qwest field, as Metallica rocked that place hard for their St. Anger tour.