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.

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 Angel of Death - Carnifex

Awesome cover Carnifex is definitely the best Deathcore band - christangrant

5 Walk - Avenged Sevenfold

Matt's voice fits this song perfectly

6 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

7 Am I Evil? - Metallica

Because it's metallica

8 Electric Eye - As I Lay Dying
9 Raining Blood - Vader (Slayer)
10 Aces High - Children of Bodom

The Contenders

11 Don't Talk to Strangers - Blind Guardian V 1 Comment
12 Would? - Opeth
13 Circle of the Tyrants - Opeth
14 Symphony of Destruction - Paul Di'ano & Jeriko

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

15 No Quarter - Tool
16 Flash of the Blade - Avenged Sevenfold

This cover sucks - christangrant

17 War Pigs - Faith No More
18 Stone Cold Crazy - Metallica (Queen)
19 Rainbow in the Dark - Corey Taylor
20 Creeping Death - Bullet for My Valentine
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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. Holy Diver - Killswitch Engage
2. Walk - Avenged Sevenfold
3. Master of Puppets - Trivium

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