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EzraBlumenfeld
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:36 pm 
 

I couldn't find any other threads like this, so here goes.

We're all familiar with the metal bands who release a ridiculously long cover album, filled with pieces originally belonging to other genres, and that takes over an hour to listen to; and usually those songs sound hideous as metal songs. What I'm wondering is: what non-metal songs could actually be made well in a heavier style?

Some of my ideas:
    Procol Harum - "Conquistador"
    Electric Light Orchestra - "Evil Woman"
    ZZ Top - "Just Got Paid"
    Led Zeppelin - "Rock and Roll"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:42 pm 
 

i posted this song on another thread already but in a different context

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DX9JDckUTs

i feel like this one would give a kick ass Doom Metal song, if only someone actually did it one day

edit: live version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPtvG3p2oaE

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:59 pm 
 

Survivor - "Burning Heart"
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 4:44 pm 
 

Beatles - I want you (she's so heavy). Oh yeah, a certain technical thrash metal band turned it into metal.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:30 pm 
 

Husker Du's Standing by the Sea pretty much has all the elements of a Manowar/Viking metal song, just needs a different production.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 5:57 pm 
 

EzraBlumenfeld wrote:
Procol Harum - "Conquistador"


Speaking of Procol Harum, "About to Die" could make for some harrowing doom metal.

Also, The Moody Blues - "The Story in Your Eyes": with some added crank, we have the potential for a power metal gem.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 6:08 pm 
 

Holy shit man I was thinking of pretty much this exact topic the other day but I never wound up making a thread.

This question specifically crossed my mind as I was listening to Screaming Trees- More or Less, and all I could think of is how well it would work if covered by Primordial. I can totally envision this filtered through Primordial's sound as one of their more dirge-ey epics. Just imagining Alan belting out "GOING TO GO TO THAT DEEP RIVER" is enough to send some chills down my spine.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:48 pm 
 

Gustav Holst - The Planets - Mars, the Bringer of War

One of the most metal pieces of non-metal music I've ever heard. It oozes metal, for fuck's sake!
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:22 pm 
 

Totally agree with Holst's Planets. I saw a symphony perform it live and thought the same thing during most of the performance.

Bruce Springsteen - Youngstown (live)
If you can check out the Live in New York performance from 2000 (it's on spotify). The album version is a stripped down folk song, but live Nils Lofgren just kills it with a crazy good solo. I'm sure a few other Springsteen songs would work. Some of the bleak ones from Nebraska would make good doom metal songs.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:22 pm 
 

Pink Floyd - Nile Song

Pretty heavy drumming for 1969, and by Floyd no less.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 10:31 pm 
 

Voivod covered The Nile Song on their Outer Limits album.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:19 am 
 

at the gaytes wrote:
Beatles - I want you (she's so heavy). Oh yeah, a certain technical thrash metal band turned it into metal.


Oh yeah, a certain NY based gothic/doom band also turned it into metal (albeit as part of a medley).

SladeCraven wrote:
Gustav Holst - The Planets - Mars, the Bringer of War

One of the most metal pieces of non-metal music I've ever heard. It oozes metal, for fuck's sake!


See Nile's "Ramses Bringer Of War" from the Catacombs album.

See also King Crimson's "The Devils Triangle" from the In The Wake Of Poseidon album.

Granted, these are both interpolations/reinterpretations, and King Crimson is not metal (but in context, that album is probably one of the heaviest releases from 1970), but the precedent for using elements of this piece in metal and rock contexts has been done before, many times over.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:58 am 
 

Styx - Renegade

This live version is quite heavy at times. Think about it with shredding guitars... Thrash/heavy metal hybrid it would be!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 10:19 am 
 

I've always wanted to hear Piotr from Vader do a cover of Phil Collins - "In the Air Tonight." Something about how haunting his vocals can be mixed with that song in particular.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:04 pm 
 

Top 5:
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:52 am 
 

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EzraBlumenfeld
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:53 am 
 

acid_bukkake wrote:
I've always wanted to hear Piotr from Vader do a cover of Phil Collins - "In the Air Tonight." Something about how haunting his vocals can be mixed with that song in particular.


I second that, although I greatly dislike the original.
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EzraBlumenfeld
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:54 am 
 

Also, just wanna add that a NWOBHM-style combination of both the Blue Swede and BJ Thomas versions of "Hooked on a Feeling" could potentially be phenomenal.
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ManAtArms wrote:
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Speaking of Joy Division, "Walked in Line" would make a good metal song.

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ManAtArms
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:01 pm 
 

John_Sunlight wrote:
ManAtArms wrote:
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Speaking of Joy Division, "Walked in Line" would make a good metal song.


"Walked In Line" could make an good NWOBHM-song. The riff of Atrocity Exhibition as well. Imagine it with a little downtuning...

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:31 pm 
 

Led Zeppelin- Everything on II except Ramble On and Thank You
Pink Floyd- One of These Days
The Who-Young Man Blues
KISS- Creatures of the Night
Billy Joel- Close To The Borderline (a few notches higher on the distortion, this could easily go on British Steel)
Queen- Son & Daughter, Great King Rat, Ogre Battle, Brighton Rock, Tie Your Mother Down
Van Halen- I'm The One, Hot For Teacher, Light Up The Sky, Tora Tora/Loss Of Control, She's The Woman, Chinatown, As Is, HoneyBabySweetieDoll, Meanstreet, House of Pain, Atomic Punk, DOA, Romeo Delight, Hang Em High, Big River, Somebody Get Me A Doctor
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:35 pm 
 

TrooperEd: To me Led Zeppelin II is a metal album, Creatures of the Night is also a metal song, and so are like 90% of those Van Halen ones.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 9:00 pm 
 

ManAtArms wrote:
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Joy Division are known for being inspired by Tony Iommi. That main riff of New Dawn Fades can be clearly traced back to the riff used near the end of 'War Pigs'.
https://youtu.be/LQUXuQ6Zd9w
Just listen at around 6:33 and it's obvious.

Anyway if we're gonna go in a Post-Punk direction then I propose Pere Ubu's '30 Seconds Over Tokyo'. This is another Sabbath sounding one, but it would be cool to hear it with more distortion.
https://youtu.be/Rs3kKHhG4m0

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:30 am 
 

Mark wombley's 'without you'. The vocals here sound like mark sheldon's. If not for the keyboards and with the addition of a solo ala 'Shadow of Black' I would have mistaken it for a manilla road song.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:55 am 
 

Hawkwind's "The Chronicle of the Black Sword" album - it's crying out to be a Domine album, or some other cheesy Euro power metal band. Six men with enormous (and perfect) permed hair, all glowering over massive codpieces and fantasy swords.

It'd be great.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:03 pm 
 

Oh yes, Just Got Paid is a really amazing speed-metal pedal riff. So metal.

So yeah here's a few
Queen - Ogre Battle, March of the Black Queen
ABBA - Gimme gimme gimme (A Man After Midnight)
King Crimson - 21st Century Schizoid Man, Pictures of a City, Larks Tongues in Aspic Pt. II
Franz Schubert - Erlkönig
The Osmonds - Crazy Horses

Though the latter is basically perfect as it is. It's fucking heavy by any measure. I'm not being ironic, it's awesome.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 6:29 pm 
 

L'Aquila e il Falco by the historic italian pop band Pooh it's so close to metal that isn't even funny. A real oddball if you see how much is different is from their usual fare.

Dark intro, latin background chant, epic harmonized vocals, metallish riff full of pinch harmonics.. it has really a lot of stuff :)

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:35 pm 
 

Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah"

I can envision Messiah Marcolin crushing that song.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 8:29 pm 
 

Re-listening to some Springsteen on my walk today, and I again realized just how rocking "Adam Raised A Cain" is.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 2:57 am 
 

Easy Livin and Magicians Birthday for obvious reasons just make the guitar a little bit heavier. Easy Livin is very quick for 1971. Voodoo child (slight return) Purple Haze and especially Machine Gun Live 1970 fillmore.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:24 pm 
 

Bloody Nine wrote:
Leonard Cohen "Hallelujah"

I can envision Messiah Marcolin crushing that song.


I was disappointed when it turned out that the Hallelujah on the last Grave Digger album was an original.

Chris Boltendahl could've done a great job on it. Since he does Tom Waits covers with Katzenburg, GD's keyboardist (until recently), I didn't think it was implausible...

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A solid chunk of Pat Benetar songs.
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I'd also say "Comfort Eagle" by Cake has a pretty wicked riff that could be redone in a heavier style quite easily.
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Tangerine Dream - Bent Cold Sidewalk

This could be some really epic doom metal. Just give it heavy guitar chords for the main theme, a lead guitar playing the synth lead between verses and a really intense singer.
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The Cardigans of all bands.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2019 6:09 pm 
 

A lot of these songs are essentially "heavy metal" in the early '70s sense (Crazy Horses), but I really do think Just Got Paid is in another league. The main riff is basically a pedal riff that isn't that far from Painkiller. Fuckin' love it.

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Runko wrote:
The Cardigans of all bands.

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Arthur Brown did the occult black metal aesthetic over 50 years ago. Just put some distorted guitar on it and it's metal.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:29 am 
 

Cirith Ungol at least covered it.

Layla by Derek and the Dominos came to mind. Great guitar melodies there.
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