For the past nine years it has been a Metal Shop tradition to curate a special Halloween episode dedicated to nothing but covers. Think of it as your favorite metal bands dressing up as their favorite metal bands. We certainly aren’t the first ones to designate Halloween as a night for covers. I grew up attending special one night only punk, hardcore and metal shows throughout the Northwest where musicians team up in makeshift bands to bust out covers. I’ve seen Guns N Roses, NOFX, Led Zeppelin and Metallica cover bands…. and of course a handful of Misfits cover bands.
But this Halloween is a little different. The Covid 19 reality we’re living in right now is putting some things on pause. There won’t be any sweaty, crammed bars with cover bands and due to Metal Shop being on pandemic break (METAL SHOP WILL BE BACK!) there won’t be a 4 hour covers episode.
But along with Metal Shop, the Halloween extravaganza will be back.
In the meantime, I’ve compiled a list of my Top 10 favorite metal covers.
Turn them up, put on some face paint and eat some candy.
CANNIBAL CORPSE – “No Remorse” (Metallica cover)
TYPE O NEGATIVE – “Summer Breeze” (Seals and Crofts cover)
DIMMU BORGIR – “Burn In Hell” (Twisted Sister cover)
PALLBEARER – “Love You To Death” (Type O Negative cover)
DEFTONES – “No Ordinary Love” (Sade cover)
CROWBAR – “Dreamweaver” (Gary Wright cover)
GRAVE – “Them Bones” (Alice In Chains cover)
THE ACACIA STRAIN – “Black Hole Sun” (Soundgarden cover)
THROWDOWN – “Baby Got Back” (Sir Mix A Lot cover)
SIX FEET UNDER – “TNT” (AC/DC cover)