In the past couple of years, Led Zeppelin‘s “Immigrant Song” as re-emerged as perhaps one of the great Viking metal tracks of our time. The song’s use by Taika Waititi in Marvel’s space Viking epic Thor: Ragnarok helped thrust it back into the mainstream and solidify its association with epic battles between Norse gods and evil demons. Now, Lincolnshire hard rockers Kill The Ideal have filmed a video for their cover of this classic Zeppelin tune — and it’s pretty goddamn amazing.
As you’ll hear, Kill The Ideal’s version of “Immigrant Song” takes things a little more metal than Page and Plant ever did, with a grinding central riff, thunderous drumming, and wailing, Dio-esque vocals. But while the cover is rad, the video is where the band shine. The footage follows a Viking warrior washed up on the shores of modern-day England, searching for meaning in a world that’s strange to him. He’s quickly discovered by a typical metalhead, who introduces him to the most important developments the world has to offer in 2020: laser tag, bowling, and metal guitar. It’s the kind of short movie every metal fan has dreamt of making in their spare time, and reminds one of Killswitch Engage’s awesome video for their cover of Dio’s “Holy Diver.”
Watch Kill The Ideal give Odin his due in our exclusive premiere of “Immigrant Song” below:
Kill The Ideal’s cover of “Immigrant Song” appears on their new EP Against The World, due out on Friday, February 5th, 2021. The EP is already available for preorder.
And just for the sheer fun of it, here’s the opening battle from Thor: Ragnarok, which features the Led Zeppelin original as well as a Norse god beating the crap out of a series of fire demons with his giant-ass hammer. Because any song is better when Vikings kill things to it.
Words by Chris Krovatin