Just like movie remakes, cover songs can be really tricky. Some are fantastic while some are truly god awful that should have never even considered “paying homage” to the original. But when they nail it, oh boy is it something special. Look at the remakes of John Carpenter’s The Thing or Dawn Of The Dead, films that took elements of the original and created something new and exciting. Films like these got me thinking, “What are some of my favorite cover songs? What are songs that payed homage to a classic while creating something original?” So I put together five cover songs that I feel met these requirements for your enjoyment. Head on below for my 5 Great Cover Songs! READ MORE
Sad news has emerged from the music world as famed producer/engineer Andy Johns passed away on Sunday at age 61. According to guitarist Stacey Blades, who was collaborating on a project with Johns, the producer had entered the hospital 10 days ago and that his health wasn’t doing so well over the past six months.
Johns was the engineer for many of Led Zeppelin‘s biggest albums, including Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV, Houses Of The Holy, and Physical Graffiti. He produced Van Halen‘s For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and two albums from guitar legend Joe Satriani. Johns also engineered the Rolling Stones albums Goats Head Soup, Sticky Fingers, and Out Of Our Heads.
Johns is survived by his wife and two children.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and the vast amount of musicians and industry folk who knew and worked with him. READ MORE
Adrenaline Mob, the supergroup formed by ex-Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X singer Russ Allen, and Sonic Stomp‘s Mike Orlando, will be touring the US in support of their debut album Omerta (review). The tour will consist of two legs this spring although only the first leg has been revealed.
The band will also be releasing an EP of covers. Featuring eight tracks, the EP includes songs by Black Sabbath, Dio, Heart, and more. Check out all the information below. READ MORE
I love a good mashup, especially when it takes older songs that have been played nearly to death and breathes some new life into them. Now, don’t get me wrong here, okay? I love Led Zeppelin‘s “A Whole Lotta Love” and The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” is widely considered to be the first heavy metal song ever written, so I give credit where credit is due. But I’ve heard each of these songs so many times that I just wanna put my fingers in ears and scream, “NANANANANANA!” whenever they come on.
However, a new mashup entitled “Whole Lotta Helter Skelter” by Soundhog gave the songs a new feel for me and I’m loving it! You can listen to the song below AND download it for free! Check it out. READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
In the early 1970′s, cult short film director Kenneth Anger teamed up with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page to produce music for a 30-minute short inspired by the works of renowned occultist Aleister Crowley. Three years later, Anger fired Page for taking too long to produce the music and instead hired Bobby Beausoliel, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of Gary Hinman, an order given by Charles Manson. Beausoliel recorded the music in prison.
Tangents has teamed with AOL Radio to host a full album stream of their album, ‘One Little Light Year’. Tangents is Derek Kerswill (Ex-Unearth/Seemless) and Dave Witham (Of The Hour/Flat-12). Kerswill and Witham both say that some of their biggest influences with this album were Radiohead, Muse, Fiona Apple, Yes, Led Zeppelin, and many more. You can check out the album stream HERE.
Recently, Sully Erna of Godsmack fame posted a MySpace EPlaylist of songs that shaped his musical upbringing and his styles of today. Unfortunately for MySpace (and fortunate for us), they didn’t allow any descriptions to be posted along with those songs. Well, Sully sent them on over to Bloody-Disgusting for all of you readers to check out after the jump!
Okay, so this doesn’t fit in with the standard genres that we here at Bloody-Disgusting usually cover. However, I love me some Steve Miller Band and when I karaoke, I will proudly go up and sing ‘Abracadabra’. So I have to say that I’m really excited when I read that Roadrunner Records and Steve Miller’s Space Cowboy Records joined up to release the first new Steve Miller Band album in 17 years!! ‘BINGO!’ is coming out June 15th and I’m definitely going to pick up a copy. Even cooler is that apparently, ‘BINGO!’ is one of TWO albums, the second of which is being released next year!