The 10 Greatest Non-Metal Covers of Metal Songs

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Falling In Reverse‘s cover of Papa Roach‘s “Last Resort” really caught us by surprise; never could we have imagined the 2000s rock gem being turned into an epic piano ballad.

However, this is not the first time we’ve been in awe of such a unique cover of a metal song; in fact, throughout the years, there have been some truly fascinating non-metal covers of metal songs.

In the spirit of this piano ballad “Last Resort” cover, we compiled a list of 10 other captivating and unique covers of metal songs that feature non-metal instrumentation.

“War Pigs” by T-Pain (originally performed by Black Sabbath)

T-Pain really blew away the metal community earlier this year with the release of his “War Pigs” cover. Who knew that a heavy metal classic could also work as a funk and soul track? In the hands of T-Pain, such a brilliant approach is possible, for his cover of the “Black Sabbath” gem is a truly jaw-dropping work of brilliance.

“Changes” by Charles Bradley (originally performed by Black Sabbath)

Another incredible Black Sabbath cover comes in the form of the late Charles Bradley performing “Changes.” Bradley was a profoundly talented singer, and hearing him sing “Changes,” providing a stunning soul take on the heavy metal track, is nothing short of beautiful. We dare you to listen to this cover and not tear up.

“Nothing Else Matters” by Phoebe Bridgers (originally performed by Metallica)

When it comes to other piano ballad covers of popular metal songs, one of the most moving is Phoebe Bridger’s rendition of “Nothing Else Matters.” With her captivating voice and the beautifully melodic instrumentation, Bridgers and her band provide a soaring and enthralling approach to the Metallica classic.

“Freak on a Leash” by Epic Symphonic Rock (originally performed by Korn)

Thinking of a nu-metal banger turning orchestral is a bizarre notion to wrap your head around, but the folks who make up the Epic Symphonic Rock company did it with Korn’s “Freak on a Leash.” It’s nothing short of startling to hear the intense guitar parts of the song represented by a plethora of classical strings.

“Chop Suey!” by Robyn Adele Anderson (originally performed by System of a Down)

If there were one genre to really capture the intensity of System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!”, it would be jazz. Robyn Adele Anderson and her band took the iconic nu-metal banger and gave it a fresh approach in terms of mood and intensity. While this cover captures the deep emotional core of the original cut, this swing approach messes with the tempo and provides an exciting and unique edge to the tune.

“The Pot” by Brass Against (originally performed by Tool)

Brass Against’s cover of Tool’s “The Pot” is an absolutely fantastic time; whereas the original song has more of a moodier flow to it, Brass Against’s version has a funkier flow, providing a whole new experience to jam out to. Along with the unique and exciting instrumental presentation, Sophia Urista’s incredible voice further elevates the catchy appeal of this cover.

“Raining Blood” by Tori Amos (originally performed by Slayer)

Tori Amos took one of the most thrilling songs in heavy metal history and made it even more chilling. Trading in guitars and drums for a piano allows Amos’ “Raining Blood” cover to exude a deeply creepy atmosphere; while the original song may have more of a sonic pounce to it, Amos’ cover is far more unnerving of an experience.

“Numb” by Epic Orchestra (originally performed by Linkin Park)

Another orchestral cover we are absolutely in awe of is the Epic Orchestra’s take on Linkin Park’s “Numb.” While the song is already a powerfully moving track on its own, hearing it play with the use of classical instrumentation offers a whole new emotional depth to the song. This orchestral performance of the iconic track is captivating from start to finish.

“Be Quiet and Drive” by Global Banker (originally performed by Deftones)

Using video game sound effects to recreate a metal song is no easy task, and yet, here is Deftones’ “Be Quiet and Drive” completely re-made using the soundfont for Super Mario 64. Listening to this cover and hearing the recognizable sonic elements of the Deftones song through Super Mario sound effects is nothing short of surreal.

“One” by Algal the Bard (originally performed by Metallica)

Metallica goes medieval with this cover by Algal the Bard. Algal takes popular songs and gives them a medieval makeover, and when it comes to his performance of “One,” he provides an awesome take on the song that, while sonically different, still captures the emotional power of the original cut.