Covering a song is a tricky thing. There’s no point in creating an almost exact replica of the original, as it lacks any show of artistry and would barely even compare to the version from its originators. You need to have your own spin on it, but still remain somewhat faithful to it. Most of the time they’re poor, but sometimes you find some gems, and very few of those gems outshine the intended result of a song. For Atreyu (and a few other bands involved in the project) and their 5-track ‘Covers Of The Damned’ EP project, the results are near shambolic.
‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and ‘Living On The Edge’ are on the right path if they’re heading for embarrassment, not even touching the legendary results from creators Thin Lizzy and Aerosmith respectfully. Their take on the freight train speed of Dead Kennedys‘ punk anthem is forcefully trying to be aggressive and adding badly placed screams from Alex Varkatzas that sound a little hoarse and unfitting for the instrumention surrounding them. The more modern-era cover of Deftones‘ single ‘My Own Summer (Shove It)’ tries to become its doppelganger, but isn’t delivered with the same rasp, venom and sweat that’s meant to be poured into it.
After listening to it the whole way through once you’ll probably ask yourself why you even bothered wasting your time doing so. All five covers are poor at best, and are put to shame by their original and intended results of their inventors. Covers are meant to be fun, but the most fun to be had from this is pressing the stop button. Avoid where possible.
Written by Zach Redrup