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

Painkiller - Death Painkiller - Death Cover Art
Aces High - Children of Bodom Aces High - Children of Bodom Cover Art

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.

Alison Hell - Cradle of Filth Alison Hell - Cradle of Filth Cover Art

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.

Black Metal - Vader Black Metal - Vader Cover Art
Children of the Grave - Havok Children of the Grave - Havok Cover Art

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

Extreme metal? oh

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

Speed King - Venom Speed King - Venom Cover Art

A very good Deep Purple cover.

Am I Evil? - Metallica Am I Evil? - Metallica Cover Art

Yes, Metallica is definitely extreme metal.

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

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

Highway Star - Metal Church Highway Star - Metal Church Cover Art

I really like this Deep Purple cover.

Balls to the Wall - Amon Amarth

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

The Contenders

Cold Sweat - Megadeth Cold Sweat - Megadeth Cover Art
Saturday Night's Alright - Flotsam & Jetsam Saturday Night's Alright - Flotsam & Jetsam Cover Art

Elton John went thrash thanks to Flotsam & Jetsam.

Would? - Opeth Would? - Opeth Cover Art
Space Truckin' - Overkill Space Truckin' - Overkill Cover Art

Pretty good Deep Purple cover.

Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn Cover Art

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.

Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Cover Art
Neon Knights - Anthrax Neon Knights - Anthrax Cover Art

One of my favorite covers of Dio songs.

Oops!...I Did It Again - Children of Bodom Oops!...I Did It Again - Children of Bodom Cover Art

Britney Spears went death metal.

Fight Fire with Fire - Vader Fight Fire with Fire - Vader Cover Art

Metallica cover

Black Night - Deicide

Deep Purple cover - I actually like it very much.

Powerslave - Anaal Nathrakh Powerslave - Anaal Nathrakh Cover Art

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.

Cold Sweat - Kalmah

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

Smoke on the Water - Six Feet Under Smoke on the Water - Six Feet Under Cover Art

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

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.

Children of the Grave - Amon Amarth
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