Battle of the Covers: Master of Puppets

That's right, I'm going there! We're doing Metallica, and, more than that, we're rocking a bevy of unconventional covers, something I usually work to avoid. Stringed instruments that aren't guitars, pianos, acapella groups, electronic music, full goddamn orchestras, we're all in on the weird today. Don't like it? Too bad! Obey your master!


For those of us who like a real battle in Battle of the Covers the last round certainly delivered. The B.A. Baracus Band (best band name ever?) and Tom Morello's Street Sweeper Social Club were neck and neck from the start. Over the two days I never saw them more than a single vote apart, and nine times out of ten they were completely deadlocked. In the end Baracus managed to edge out the Street Sweeper by a single vote, taking the win. The battle for worst was similarly close between Hoods and Five Finger Death Punch (the two bands that chose "gravelly screaming" as the ideal cover method for a hip hop song. Go figure). The two spent most of the battle in a dead heat, with Hoods finally taking the win by two.

"Master of Puppets" is considered by some to be Metallica's signature song, and for good reason. The single was the only track released from the album of the same name, an album that became the first ever thrash metal album to go platinum (it has since gone platinum an additional five times). VH1 has ranked the song as the third greatest heavy metal song of all time, professional music critic and heavy metal specialist Martin Popoff has ranked it #2, and a poll done by Total Guitar magazine has ranked the song as having the #1 greatest guitar riff in all of music. Not bad for a song that is, in fact, about being controlled by one's drug addiction. Betcha didn't know that one (except for you, Gamecat. I'm sure you knew).

Yes, I really did manage to find eight oddball covers of this. Let's get down to some weird.

Apocalyptica - (1996. Yep, seriously)

Vitamin String Quartet - (2003)

Scott D Davis - (2007)

The Scorched Earth Orchestra - (2007)

Harptallica - (2008)

Pendulum - (2009)

Van Canto - (2010)

David Garrett - (2010)


LEST YE FORGET! If you want to check back on the results of previous rounds, or see what covers are coming in future rounds, there is a Google Drive spreadsheet with past rounds and the upcoming battle schedule.

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