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

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

Better then the Killswitch engage cover of Holy Diver

The drum intro is much more aggresive and energetic than the original, and Chuck is the only one who could properly pay tribute to Rob Halford like he did.

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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 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Because it's metallica

5 Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth
6 Dream On (Aerosmith Cover) - Dio & Yngwie

Could be better but I'm still amazed

7 Aces High - Children of Bodom
8 Angel of Death - Carnifex

Awesome cover Carnifex is definitely the best Deathcore band - christangrant

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.

Agreed, 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 Would? - Opeth

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 Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
13 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

14 Electric Eye - As I Lay Dying
15 Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold

This cover sucks - christangrant

16 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.

Terrible? Oh really? It's good you deleted your previous account so that people can't see who wrote so many dumb comments. But I know who you are... - Metal_Treasure

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

17 No Quarter - Tool
18 Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian

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

19 War Pigs - Faith No More
20 Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko

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

21 Whip It - Love and Death
22 Creeping Death - Bullet for My Valentine
23 Rumor Has It - Mushroomhead
24 Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica

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

25 Silent Scream - Children of Bodom
26 Angel of Death - Monstrosity
27 Crazy Train - Bullet for My Valentine

They are metal, metalcore, a subgenre of extreme metal. - RustyNail

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

28 Another Brick in the Wall - Korn
29 Rainbow in the Dark - Corey Taylor
30 Perfect Strangers (Deep Purple Cover) - JØRN Lande

A top 10 cover. - Metal_Treasure

31 Paranoid - Megadeth

Dave's voice actually suits this song really well. Great cover of a great song. - truckturner

32 Doctor Doctor (UFO Cover) - Iron Maiden
33 Sign of the Cross - Blaze Bayley
34 Twilight of the Thunder God - Sabaton

I'm surprised this sin't on the list. I've just found this recently and I jam onto it because its pretty kickass ;).

I also like Sabaton's take on this, considering the band's lyrical themes they tend to cover. That's a similarity between Sabaton and Amon Amarth, much of their lyrics are normally wars and battles. Both have an "Epic" feel, except Sabaton is more energetic and the original by Amon Amarth is more primal, akin to a Viking's battle instinct

Overall, great cover :). - CrimsonShark

35 Disposable Heroes - Chimaira
36 Land of Confusion - Disturbed

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

37 Valhalla - Heaven Shall Burn

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

38 Battery - Machine Head
39 Domination - Bullet for My Valentine
40 Planet Caravan - Pantera
41 Black Metal - Vader
42 Freezing Moon - Behemoth
43 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath - Anthrax
44 Flight of Icarus (Iron Maiden Cover) - Tim "Ripper" Owens
45 Angel of Death - Gamma Ray

Awesome Thin Lizzy cover. - Metal_Treasure

46 Soldier of Fortune - Opeth (Deep Purple)
47 Breaking the Law (Judas Priest Cover) - Motörhead
48 Futureal - Blaze Bayley
49 Paranoid - Avenged Sevenfold
50 Strength Beyond Strength - Whitechapel
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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. Raining Blood - Vader (Slayer)
3. Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
1. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
2. Walk - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Master of Puppets - Trivium

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