Best Metal Cover Songs

The best classic heavy/thrash metal songs covered by modern metal bands.

The Top Ten

1 Painkiller - Death

Not all that modern, but that doesn't make it any less awesome! Chuck's voice sounds mind-blowing. The highs are much very close to if not better than Rob Halford. No disrespect to the Metal God, but the Father of Death Metal really nailed this song - MetalFoREVer1228

Better then the Killswitch engage cover of Holy Diver

Even nails on a chalkboard is better than the Holy Diver cover really.

I like Death but this cover is trash!

2 Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage

This is the best metal cover ever! A must listen if you haven't heard it yet!

Sorry but this is one of the worst covers EVER. Starts off OK, then the crappy chug-chug guitars come in... and then the screams... and before you know it its single-handedly destroyed everything that made the original great. Absolutely abysmal. These crap talentless metalcore bands should never cover anything because they ruin everything they come 10 feet near.

3 Master of Puppets - Trivium
4 Aces High - Children of Bodom
5 Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth
6 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Because it's metallica

7 Angel of Death - Carnifex

Awesome cover Carnifex is definitely the best Deathcore band - christangrant

8 Would? - Opeth
9 Hallowed Be Thy Name - Machine Head

I honestly think this version destroys the Cradle of Filth one. I feel that CoF gave this song too much unnecessary aggression.

Agree, I'd go with Machine Head and not with Cradle of Filth, too, because growls are done tastefully here by R. Flynn (not overdone). - Metal_Treasure

WAY better than Crap of Filth's cover - christangrant

10 Raining Blood - Vader (Slayer)

I am not afraid to admit I like the cover more than the original :P.

To be fair, a song like "Raining Blood" fits to be covered in a Death Metal version. Its lyrics, theme and tone relates and the song itself is a pivotal piece for Extreme Metal. I'd say Vader did them justice. - CrimsonShark

The Newcomers

? Neon Knights - Anthrax

The Contenders

11 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold

Lame Pantera cover, Go listen to the cover of Strength Beyond Strength by Sylosis much better cover - christangrant

Matt's voice fits this song perfectly

12 Electric Eye - As I Lay Dying
13 Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold

This cover sucks - christangrant

14 Beyond the Realms of Death - Blind Guardian

Again, I love this band but this cover was terrible. Hansi’s voice just doesn’t fit the song at all.

Basically this song is not for Hansi’s voice (baritone) … but he nailed it!
This song is very difficult and emotional, and Hansi gave it the necessary intensity. He didn't try to imitate Halford - he played on his own strengths: harsher and more dramatic voice, noticeable on the chorus. I’m also pretty happy with the solos, drums and bass.

As a Judas Priest fan I really appreciate great covers like this one because there are not more than 5 Judas Priest covers of this quality. In terms of vocals, the most difficult covers (I’m aware of) are this one and Painkiller - nailed by Death. - Metal_Treasure

15 Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian

Hansi sounds just like Dio! Dio would be proud. - Metal_Treasure

16 Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
17 No Quarter - Tool
18 Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko

Paul Di'Anno was made for this song. Awesome Megadeth cover. - Metal_Treasure

19 War Pigs - Faith No More
20 Whip It - Love and Death
21 Angel of Death - Gamma Ray

Awesome Thin Lizzy cover. - Metal_Treasure

22 Rumor Has It - Mushroomhead
23 Creeping Death - Bullet for My Valentine
24 Silent Scream - Children of Bodom
25 Angel of Death - Monstrosity
26 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica

Are you kidding me!? 27! This has to be one of the most iconic metal cover songs ever. - SionicRelations

27 Crazy Train - Bullet for My Valentine

Bullet for my Valentine? Metal? HAHAAHA that's the funniest thing I've read all day.

28 Another Brick in the Wall - Korn
29 Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple Cover) - JØRN Lande
30 Rainbow in the Dark - Corey Taylor
31 Sign of the Cross - Blaze Bayley
32 Doctor Doctor (UFO Cover) - Iron Maiden
33 Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn

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

34 Disposable Heroes - Chimaira
35 Planet Caravan - Pantera
36 Black Metal - Vader
37 Freezing Moon - Behemoth
38 Paranoid - Megadeth
39 Flight of Icarus (Iron Maiden Cover) - Tim "Ripper" Owens
40 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

Really awesome and great cover song. Check it out if you haven't.

41 Soldier of Fortune - Opeth (Deep Purple)
42 Futureal - Blaze Bayley
43 Paranoid - Avenged Sevenfold
44 Battery - Machine Head
45 Strength Beyond Strength - Whitechapel
46 Domination - Bullet for My Valentine
47 Living After Midnight - Disturbed

It's just a totally rad song the cover is perfect

48 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Anthrax
49 The Trooper - Iced Earth
50 Dream On (Aerosmith Cover) - Dio & Yngwie

Could be better but I'm still amazed

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Top Remixes (6)

1. Painkiller - Death
2. Hallowed Be Thy Name - Cradle of Filth
3. Black Metal - Vader
1. Painkiller - Death
2. Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth
3. Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian
1. Painkiller - Death
2. Raining Blood - Vader (Slayer)
3. Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)

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