As originally posted on revolvermag.com here.
Black Sabbath kicked off their farewell “The End” tour last week, and if the band is to be believed, it truly is the end for the band. By now, of course, it’s accepted fact that the Sabs are arguably the most influential act in heavy metal history. As such, many, many bands have covered their songs many, many times throughout the years (including on multiple tribute albums). Here are ten of the best live renditions of Black Sabbath songs.
1. Type O Negative – “Paranoid”
Seeing as Type O Negative are the band that brought heavy metal doom to goth rock, it’s no surprise that they were huge Sabbath fans. And while their best-known Sabbath cover is “Black Sabbath,” from the original ’94 ‘Nativity in Black’ tribute album, a few years earlier (it was tacked on as a bonus cut to 1992’s “live” album ‘The Origin of the Feces’) they took on the Sab’s biker metal classic “Paranoid,” turning into a very Type O-esque dirge. “This used to be a Black Sabbath song…til we got a hold of it,” says frontman Peter Steele, announcing the song at this 1991 live show.
2. Faith No More – “War Pigs”
Faith No More covered this epic Sab tune on their 1989 breakthrough album ‘The Real Thing,’ demonstrating that even while they were becoming famous for funk-influenced rap metal, they knew their roots.
3. Pantera – “Planet Caravan”
Pantera doing a Sabbath song isn’t so far-fetched. The fact that they chose a mellow, trippy one was more unexpected. The Cowboys From Hell covered the song on 1994’s ‘Far Beyond Driven’; here they are doing it live in 1996.
4. Suicide Silence with Robb Flynn – “Die Young”
As a tribute to deceased Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker, Machine Head’s Robb Flynn joined members of Suicide Silence for an acoustic rendition of this Dio-era Sabbath classic at the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show in 2012.
5. Melvins – “Into the Void”
On which Buzz Osborne and Co. take one of Sabbath’s doomiest, most stonerific riffs and manage to up the sludge factor by roughly one thousand percent.
6. Metallica – “Iron Man” / “Paranoid”
Metallica teamed up with the Ozzman himself at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concert in New York City to bang out these Sabbath classics. Two of the biggest names in metal, playing two of the biggest metal songs ever.
7. Sepultura – “Symptom of the Universe”
Sepultura covered this Sabbath classic for the ‘Nativity in Black’ tribute record, but they had been performing it live for years at that point—even, amazingly, on Brazilian television.
8. H.I.M. – “Hand of Doom”
Sabbath has started playing “Hand of Doom” again on their current tour. But Finnish goth-metal band H.I.M. have been doing it onstage for years, as evidenced by this video.
9. White Zombie – “Children of the Grave”
White Zombie covered “Children of the Grave” for ‘Nativity in Black,’ and it also became a staple of their live show. It’s probably one of the Sab’s most groove-heavy tunes, making it perfect fodder for a Zombie makeover.
10. Ministry with Kirk Hammett – “Supernaut”
Al Jourgensen first covered “Supernaut” in 1990 with his side project 1000 Homo DJs, and he later did it with Ministry on their ‘Cover Up’ album. Here he is performing the song onstage with Ministry in 1992, with a helping hand from Metallica’s Kirk Hammett.
Vinnie’s band Hellyeah are currently touring and plan to have an album out sometime this year. Check out the new album teaser at the bottom of the page.
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Philip’s band Down hits the road in 2016! Here’s what is lined up so far:
|02/08/16||New Orleans, LA, United States||Civic Theatre|
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|06/05/16||Nijmegen, Netherlands||Fortarock Festival|
|06/07/16||Cologne, Germany||Live Music Hall|
|06/10/16 – 06/12/16||Paris, France||Download Festival – France|
|06/11/16||Donington Derby||Download Festival|
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Motörhead – Ace of Spades (Feat. Dave Grohl, Phil Anselmo & More)
Phil Anselmo paying tribute to Lemmy Kilmister Motörhead at The Monster Energy Ride for Dime Dimebash 2016 at Lucky Strike Live – featuring Dave Grohl on guitar, Dave Lombardo on drums, and Robert Trujillo on bass.Oh, and here's an article Rolling Stone just wrote about it: bit.ly/dimebashrollingstone*heavy breathing*
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Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
Remember that time Dave Grohl hopped on stage to do Wish You Were Here with Machine Head's Robb Flynn & crew? Cause we're pretty sure we blacked out from excitement and missed the whole thing. Such is life…Thanks to all who helped make The Monster Energy Ride for Dime Dimebash 2016 a reality. The level of talent that flows through our humble venue is unbelievable. You are all rockstars.
Posted by Lucky Strike Live on Saturday, January 23, 2016
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My good friend Marzi Montazeri killing it on This Love at Dimebash \m/
Posted by Ken Jaslow on Friday, January 22, 2016
Rex paid tribute to Lemmy in an interview on Ozzy’s Boneyard (SiriusXM channel 38) on Dec 29. It’s only a few minutes long, give it a listen:
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Performances from members of : ✦Pantera ✦Slayer
✦Alice In Chains✦Black Label Society✦Machine Head
✦Hatebreed ✦Stone Sour✦Type O Negative
✦Danzig✦King’s X✦Devil Driver
✦Prong✦ Kyng✦Armored Saint
With their 1990 album Cowboys From Hell, Pantera debuted their signature sound and invigorated the metal scene while enlisting legions of devoted fans around the world. For the next decade, the band continued to ascend to the top of the music world, earning four platinum albums and, with 1994’s Far Beyond Driven, a #1 debut on the Billboard album chart.
To celebrate Pantera’s raucous legacy, Rhino will release both a new boxed set and single disc compilation. THE COMPLETE STUDIO ALBUMS 1990-2000, compiled of Cowboys From Hell (1990), Vulgar Display Of Power (1992), Far Beyond Driven (1994), The Great Southern Trendkill (1996), and Reinventing The Steel (2000). Two versions of the collection will be released on December 18, one a 5-CD set and the other a limited edition 5-LP set on colored vinyl.
The LP version of the studio albums box also includes a 7” with two rare, non-albums tracks making their vinyl debut. The first is “Piss,” a song that debuted in 2012 on the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vulgar Display of Power. The second is “Avoid The Light” from the Dracula 2000 soundtrack.
Sadly, today is the 11th anniversary of the death of Pantera’s guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott. Articles, posts, pictures, and memories are being posted or re-posted all around the internet and we will bring some of them here to share with you.
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Dimebag Darrell
11 Years Ago: Dimebag Darrell Slain Onstage
Ultimate Classic Rock:
The Day Dimebag Darrell Was Killed
Van Halen News Desk:
“Dime was an original, he deserves the original” -Eddie Van Halen
NBC News Columbus:
‘Dimebag’ Darrell’s murder remembered as one of music’s most heart-wrenching