The good folks at Two Midnights to Late Night have been doing their part to keep us, homebound, live-concert-deprived fans, entertained during the social distancing restrictions of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As part of their continuing “Bedroom Covers” series — which assembles quarantined musicians for all-star renditions of choice songs — the heavy-metal humorists have already offered up insane takes on Steely Dan’s “Reelin’ in the Years” and Weird Al’s Devo parody “Dare to be Stupid,” featuring current and former members of such underground heavy hitters as High on Fire, Cave In, Mutoid Man, Gatecreeper, Khemmis, Thou, Spirit Adrift, Taint Witch and more.
Their latest cover takes things next level, however, collecting the inimitable talents of Chelsea Wolfe, her main collaborator Ben Chisholm, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, Old Man Gloom), Liam Wilson (Azusa, Dillinger Escape Plan, Starkweather, Frodus, John Frum), Urian V. Hackney (Rough Francis, sometimes Converge’s touring drummer) and of course the one and only Gwarsenio Hall, a.k.a. Two Minute’s corpse-paint-slathered head honcho, for a power-packed rendition of Ozzy Osbourne’s Eighties classic “Crazy Train.” Even better, far from a reverent, redundant take, the cover fully reimagines the ubiquitous song, placing it in minor key and adding spooky keyboards for a revelatory new version that evokes John Capenter’s Halloween theme and Type O Negative’s gothic doom dirges as much as it does Ozzy and Randy Rhoads’ shred-happy heroics.
Take in the exuberant quarantine performance in its full glory below, and stay tuned for more Bedroom Covers courtesy of Two Minutes to Late Night.