Metallica. AC/DC. Led Zeppelin. Iron Maiden. All of them have reached uber-iconic status within the rock world. As such, each one has over the years received various homage tribute albums and cover treatments, not only by other bands in the rock and metal world, but in musical genres that seemingly have nothing to do with the iconic bands’ original frameworks.
Case in point – a band out of Finland called Steve’N’Seagulls has been covering some legendary bands with a style that is certainly their own. Armed with a banjo, a standup bass, an occasional acordian and a pair of spoons, Steve’N’Seagulls plays the music of AC/DC, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin et. al with an intensity, precision and unmasked sense of fun that’s contagious.
Not long ago, Steve’N’Seagulls posted a video of themselves playing AC/DC’s Thunderstruck on a farm somewhere amidst a woodpile and a tractor, wearing overalls and tee-shirts, that made headlines. To date, the YouTube video has amassed almost 12 million views.
Now, it seems, Steve’N’Seagulls have done it again with a rich and beautiful cover of Metallica’s Seek and Destroy. For the Metallica cover, the band moves indoors to a cabin setting where a ukelele and a handheld shaker are added to the mix.
Check it out.
And here’s Steve’N’Seagulls version of Thunderstruck by AC/DC.
Steve’N’Seagulls aren’t the only ones to give a “down home” feel to Metallica’s music. In 2003, the bluegrass band, Iron Horse, released an album of Metallica covers called Fade to Bluegrass – a play on the seminal Metallica hit, Fade to Black. With little to no promotion, the album eventually garnered so much popularity that Iron Horse released a sequel of Metallica covers in 2007 entitled Fade to Bluegrass: Volume II.
Here is Iron Horse’s video of themselves playing Metallica’s Enter Sandman.
It might seem strange that classical music and metal have anything in common, but when you think about it, the structure, complexity and raw power of metal music like that from Slayer, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Pantera actually translate well to classical music.
The classical cello quartet dubbed Apocalyptica released an album of Metallica covers in 1997. More recently, an extremely talented woman from the Ukraine named Viktoriya Yermolyeva has been posting videos of herself on YouTube playing metal covers by everyone from Metallica to Tool to Faith No More to Slayer.
Here’s her version of Metallica’s Master of Puppets.
Steve’N’Seagulls will be releasing their own album with covers of Metallica, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, Rammstein, Dio and others on May 12 entitled Farm Machine.
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