Last week a friend of mine suggested to me a band called “Hellsongs”. She discovered it also quite recently and she was very excited. She told me that they play songs from famous bands like Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and many others and interpret them in a very slow, accoustic kinda way with piano accompaniment. The first thing that came into my mind was – this doesn’t sound quite new – that there are quite a number of bands who go that way. Some of them successful, many of them not even close.
Don’t get me wrong – I love a good cover version, but there are quite few which really work. Most of them do not even cme close to the original, many of them feel wrong and some of them
Some of those few work and I really love the most are ..
Cat Power – I can’t get no Satisfaction
Ed Kuepper – Highway to Hell
Giant Sand – All along the Watchtower
Johnny Cash – Hurt
So far I can tell you that I listened to the album “Hymns in the Key of 666” and I can say that I love it, too. The band not only covers those songs and just plays them differently they give them quite a new charm. In my humble opinion they take the original source and make that their own. it reminds me a little bit of the way how Elvis Presley worked, he not only interpreted songs from others. He knew exactly what his strength was and took the songs and made it his own. That’s one of the things that made him the King. In the case of the swedish band “Hellsongs” it is compareable but still not that great. If you know the original song you may find it difficult and sometimes even impossible to recognize it and if you don’t know the original you may even like the band and their songs just for the sake of it.
My favorite songs on the album are “Symphony of Destruction” by Megadeth, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden and “Seasons in the Abyss” by Slayer, later one is by the way one of the favorite songs of my grand mother. I love both versions, the original ones and the cover versions, which is quite amazing because they are so very different.
Unfortunately I didn’t get the UK edition of the album which also featured a version of Van Halens “Jump”, makes me kinda curious.
So, give it a try, via Spotify or Deezer, you may be in for a surprise. I am looking forward to the other albums and what they may have to offer!