BANJO METAL REDUX: ERLING BRONSBERG COVERS GHOST’S “RITUAL”
Two and a half years ago I wrote a post about “Banjo Metal” that continues to be visited and still leads to the occasional e-mail contact from people interested in the subject (Google “banjo metal” and see what comes up first). That post focused on metal bands who have used the banjo in some of their songs (plus an obligatory item on the magnificent Béla Fleck). Today brought us news of a different type of banjo metal — a banjo cover of a metal song.
Okay, some of you might quarrel with applying the term “metal” to Sweden’s Ghost. Hell, I’ve quarreled with myself about that. But hey, they do sing about Satan!
The cover is of Ghost’s best-known song, “Ritual”, and it’s performed on video by Erling Bronsberg, a skilled banjo player who e-mailed me about the cover last night. He’s based in Örebro, Sweden, and performs with a group called the Black River String Band. He uses “standard sawmill tuning” for this song, which probably means something to banjo players but to me simply sounds cool. His cover is cool, too. He puts a bluegrass spin on the melody without completely losing the song’s familiarity, and the picking is tasty. Check it out:
I love Ghost, give mad props to the guy for his mad banjo skills, and now I never want to watch that video again.
That was just straight up bad-assery right there.
Hell yes. Even better, Erling says he would like to do more banjo covers of metal and has solicited our input on suggestions, so if you’ve got any ideas, they would be welcome.
Indeed, some thinking must be done.
that was pretty awesome!!
Capillarian Crest sounded like a good start for a banjo cover!
I’ll start the “arrangment” part right away!
The sound of that banjo playing that song really reminds me of In Mourning. Why not continue with the Swedish and cover Colossus? 😀