Top 10 Cover Songs by Extreme Metal Bands

Original songs can be metal or non-metal songs, extreme or non-extreme metal songs. But the band making the cover must be extreme.

Extreme metal bands are mostly thrash, death metal, black metal and some other smaller extreme metal subgenres.

Sometimes extreme bands change the original genre which often leads to debates.

The Top Ten Cover Songs by Extreme Metal Bands

1 Painkiller - Death
2 Aces High - Children of Bodom

Bruce Dickinson sings this song very aggressively and screams the vocals almost all the time so Alexi Laiho just developed this vocal style a bit further. Instrumental part is great.
I don't like the growls Cradle of Filth added to Hallowed Be Thy Name because Hallowed Be Thy Name is mainly an introspective song. But Aces High isn't introspective and growls don't sound bad, in my opinion. - Metal_Treasure

3 Alison Hell - Cradle of Filth

A very good Annihilator cover. This is coming from a massive Annihilator fan.
This time they made a cover without changing the original - it's almost note for note, unlike the HBTN cover where they got "creative" and the result wasn't very good. - Metal_Treasure

4 Black Metal - Vader

Venom cover. - Metal_Treasure

5 Children of the Grave - Havok

Excellent cover, one of the best I have heard. Double bass matters (to me). - Metal_Treasure

Extreme metal? oh - SoldierOfFortune

Yes, officially thrash is extreme metal. Reasons: fast, abrasive and aggressive. Havok are thrash. - Metal_Treasure

6 Speed King - Venom

A very good Deep Purple cover. - Metal_Treasure

7 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Yes, Metallica is definitely extreme metal.

8 I Want You (She's So Heavy) - Coroner

My favorite The Beatles cover. Coroner are a thrash band. - Metal_Treasure

9 Highway Star - Metal Church

I really like this Deep Purple cover. - Metal_Treasure

10 Balls to the Wall - Amon Amarth

Death metal cover of Accept. I like it. I think growls don't ruin it. - Metal_Treasure

The Newcomers

? Can You Forgive Her? - Fintroll

The Contenders

11 Cold Sweat - Megadeth
12 Saturday Night's Alright - Flotsam & Jetsam

Elton John went thrash thanks to Flotsam & Jetsam. - Metal_Treasure

13 Would? - Opeth
14 Space Truckin' - Overkill

Pretty good Deep Purple cover. - Metal_Treasure

15 Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn

Death metal cover of Blind Guardian classic with additional vocals by Hansi Kursch.

I am very curious what cjWriter1997 thinks about this cover because Valhalla is his favorite Blind Guardian song.

I like this cover very much - it was a great idea to invite Hansi because his voice adds epicness to the cover.

I only wish they kept the brutality of the original riff - it's odd but the riff on the extreme version sounds less brutal. On the re-recorded Blind Guardian version of 2011-2012, the riff sounds even more brutal than their own original. - Metal_Treasure

16 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica
17 Neon Knights - Anthrax

One of my favorite covers of Dio songs. - Metal_Treasure

18 Oops!...I Did It Again - Children of Bodom

Britney Spears went death metal. - Metal_Treasure

19 Fight Fire with Fire - Vader

Metallica cover - Metal_Treasure

20 Black Night - Deicide

Deep Purple cover - I actually like it very much. - Metal_Treasure

21 Powerslave - Anaal Nathrakh

Iron Maiden cover. It's a controversial cover but I included it to see what you think. I know some people may not like it. - Metal_Treasure

22 Cold Sweat - Kalmah

Another Thin Lizzy cover, it's more extreme than Megadeth version (this is death metal). - Metal_Treasure

23 Smoke on the Water - Six Feet Under

Another controversial cover (Deep Purple), with growls by Chris Barnes (ex-Cannibal Corpse). - Metal_Treasure

24 Angel of Death - Vader

A Thin Lizzy cover, not Slayer. It's a death metal version. I like this cover but prefer the version by Gamma Ray because Gamma Ray emphasized the great riff of the original song while Vader somewhat buried the riff under other things. - Metal_Treasure

25 Children of the Grave - Amon Amarth
26 Turn the Page - Metallica
27 Loverman - Metallica
28 Hell Bent for Leather - Annihilator
29 Got the Time - Anthrax
30 When a Blind Man Cries - Metallica
31 Somebody Put Something in My Drink - Children of Bodom

The Ramones cover (I like it) - Metal_Treasure

32 Surfin' Bird - Sodom
33 Heavy Metal Maniac - Annihilator
34 Black Sabbath - Vader
35 In a Gadda Da Vida - Slayer
36 God of Thunder - Death
37 Aerials - Amon Amarth

Aerials is pretty awesome to start with but with the Amon Amarth touch, it's just perfect!

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