Best Metal Cover Songs

The best classic heavy/thrash metal songs covered by modern metal bands.
The Top Ten
Painkiller - Death Painkiller - Death Cover Art

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

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.

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

Better then the Killswitch engage cover of Holy Diver

Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage Cover Art

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.

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

I do think Killswitch Engage did well honoring Ronnie James Dio with this cover, but I think the original blows the cover away. I have the original and cover on my workout playlist because I think they’re both pretty vintage. Whether you like the original or the cover better, we can all agree that this song is badass! 🤘🏻

Master of Puppets - Trivium Master of Puppets - Trivium Cover Art
Am I Evil? - Metallica Am I Evil? - Metallica Cover Art

Because it's metallica

Dream On - Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen Dream On - Ronnie James Dio & Yngwie Malmsteen Cover Art

Could be better but I'm still amazed

Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth Cover Art
Aces High - Children of Bodom Aces High - Children of Bodom Cover Art
Angel of Death - Carnifex Angel of Death - Carnifex Cover Art

Awesome cover Carnifex is definitely the best Deathcore band

Hallowed Be Thy Name - Machine Head Hallowed Be Thy Name - Machine Head Cover Art

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).

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

WAY better than Crap of Filth's cover

Would? - Opeth Would? - Opeth Cover Art

The Newcomers

? Antichrist - Dissection Antichrist - Dissection Cover Art
The Contenders
Raining Blood - Vader Raining Blood - Vader Cover Art

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.

Walk - Avenged Sevenfold Walk - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

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

Matt's voice fits this song perfectly

No Quarter - Tool

No contest here, gentlemen.

Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica Cover Art
Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold Cover Art

This cover sucks

Electric Eye - As I Lay Dying Electric Eye - As I Lay Dying Cover Art
Beyond the Realms of Death - Blind Guardian Beyond the Realms of Death - Blind Guardian Cover Art

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.

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

Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian Cover Art

Hansi sounds just like Dio! Dio would be proud.

War Pigs - Faith No More War Pigs - Faith No More Cover Art
Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko Cover Art

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

Whip It - Love and Death Whip It - Love and Death Cover Art
Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Whiskey in the Jar - Metallica Cover Art

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

Rumor Has It - Mushroomhead Rumor Has It - Mushroomhead Cover Art
Creeping Death - Bullet for My Valentine
Silent Scream - Children of Bodom Silent Scream - Children of Bodom Cover Art
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