Like a lot of people, I spent most of my music-listening time yesterday with Motörhead. For the hell of it, I also spent time listening to metal bands covering Motörhead songs. A lot of bands have done that. Out of the many covers I listened to, damned few of them are quite as good as the originals, and at least to my ears, none of them is better.
However, having invested the time hunting for covers that breathed some kind of different life into the classic originals, I decided to put them all here — the good ones and the so-so ones — by these bands: Satyricon, Sepultura, Ringworm (with guest vocals by Barney Greenway), Korpiklaani, Sodom, Machetazo, Avulsed, Overkill, Metallica, Horna, Kvelertak, Warbringer, and Krisiun.
But before I get to those, I’m starting with one that’s definitely a success. It’s a cover of “Orgasmatron” that Integrity released just yesterday on Bandcamp (here).
If you know of any good metal covers of Motörhead songs that I missed, please leave links in the comment section.
Krisiun also covered Sweet Revenge on 2006’s Assassination.
Thanks for that. Hadn’t heard that one before.
These ones are the first that come to mind:
Bathory – Ace of Spades:
Bömbers – No Class:
Oh man, I had no idea Bathory covered Ace of Spades. Thanks!
This is by a side project of Nocturnal Depression front man.
Destruction – We Are The Road Crew
And, since it’s practically still X-mas… A cover the other way around. Lemmy himself doing Run Rudolph, Run.
His rasping voice just made everything fucking awesome. God, you’ll be missed!
It somehow feels to wrong to admit that my introduction to Motorhead was through covers; Metallica’s Garage, Inc introduced me to some great older bands when I was a neophyte metalhead. Diamond Head, Discharge, Mercyful Fate, Motorhead – it was my intro to all of them.
Loving the Integrity cover of Orgasmatron.
Destruction did a good job on “We Are The Road Crew”
Say what you will about Crucified Barbara, but their take on “Killed by Death” is pretty good
Garage Inc. is home to Metallica’s cover of the Irish folk song “Whiskey In the Jar” (also covered by Thin Lizzy), for which I will be forever grateful for that album, in addition to its other contributions.
Yes, that too! Sound track to at least a couple misadventures in Irish whiskey.
Oddly, until today I’d never seen the video they made for the song. It’s got fuck-all to do with the song’s story, but it must have been a fun video to shoot.
Also, I should add that I also like that Crucified Barbara cover, which I’d never heard before. Found this video of them doing the cover live:
X BOAR’s “Damage Case” :
(now, if you’d excuse me, I seem to have something in my eyes again…)
I know the feeling. I’ve been having some kind of eye allergy myself.
Not to forget The Rotteds version of this
Entombed turned “iron fist” into … Serpent saints
and covered nicely “One track mind”:
Awesome! I had completely forgotten about “Serpent Saints” and I’d never heard that cover of “One track mind” before, which kills.
All great covers,as Lemmy himself sang on Ace Of Spades “I don’t want to live forever”.
Somewhat older: Sodom covered “Iron Fist” on their *Persecution Mania” album. Here’s a Youtube link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uQ5xIhwDSY