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Halestorm, Cover Songs, and Related Ramblings

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Halestorm need your help as they contemplate which songs *might* end up on a new collection of cover tunes . . . a follow-up to their Reanimate EP of covers from last year. Hit that link and vote on songs you’d like to hear on this as-of-now-theoretical project.

I’m not sure how I feel about whole records full of covers. God knows I love a good cover song, but they’re becoming cliche. It’s not like cover songs are new . . . many songs we assume to be Led Zeppelin or Rolling Stones originals are actually remakes of American blues songs. The metal bands I loved growing up had some fun with cover tunes, no doubt, but they were usually one-offs on a movie soundtrack (thinking Megadeth’s No More Mr. Nice Guy from the Shocker soundtrack), or little treats contained on a new release . . . Type O Negative were the masters at this. Somewhere along the line, though, cover songs began equaling commercial gold. Waaaaay back in the mid-to-late 1990s I remember Fear Factory making a nice splash with this song…

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around the same time Coal Chamber hit it big, with Ozzy’s help, covering Peter Gabriel’s monkey…

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Now we’re in the era of whole-album covers. Bands as diverse as Overkill and Queensryche have done records like this. It’s cool when unique bands put their unique spin on familiar songs (again, thinking Type O here), but I might be covered out.


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