“May It Be” by The Dark Side of the Moon

I wondered what “May It Be” sounds like with a different tempo, vocal rendition, and instrumentation. The Dark Side of the Moon has satisfied that curiosity. They did it in a way where it retains the atmosphere and imagery of the original track. Oh yes, for those who might wonder, this is a metal band playing loud music, but strange as it may seem, the cover still sits with my taste. After all, symphonic metal and all associated genres have classical and ambient elements. These sit well with the Enya sound.
I was curious about them, so I did a little digging. Here’s a blurb from their official website:

Who are the successors of classical composers like Mozart, Bach, Beethoven? You’ll find some of them if you listen to the themes of your favorite movies. The epic stories of Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Game of Thrones and others would be nothing without the great musical pieces dragging you into other worlds, luring you into parallel universes.
The Dark Side Of The Moon is taking the most significant themes of cinematography, TV shows, video games, and are transforming them into epic and powerful modern metal tracks. They take you on a musical quest from the depth of Moria up to the Iron Throne, descending into the inner core of those masterpieces to search and find the beast inside. As every human has a dark side, so has every song. You will hear musical pieces you thought you already knew in a way you wouldn’t have thought possible.
Like the moon, every song has an unexplored side. This is where the band will be taking you.
It all started with a bet between Melissa and Hans. Whoever won would win a dare towards the other. Hans won and challenged Melissa to record a metal version of “Jenny Of Oldstones” with him. After hearing that one song, Napalm Records immediately signed the band to do a whole album. So the band started the epic quest to transform their favorite cinematic themes into powerful metal tracks! In addition, the album will also have a few songs of their own, and, to make this journey even more magical, they invited some of their musician friends to join them.

Melissa Bonny – vocals
Hans Platz – guitars
Morten Løwe Sørensen – drums
Jenny Diehl – harp
Well, that sounds exciting to me. What do you think? I didn’t mean to copy the whole thing, but it sounds alright for you to know what this band is all about. If you are lazy, check the website out for yourself. But, I think you should.

Happy Canada Day From The Marwills

Stompin Tom Connors was a legendary Canadian singer/songwriter. Alternative rock band The Marwills uploaded their own rendition of the classic. The result is a refleshing and heart warming tune that will bring sunshine to your Happy Canada Day. And you don’t even have to be Canadian to enjoy both the song and the ocassion!

Click the link below to watch the video


Into the Mystic (Van Morrison) Cover by Pedro Martins & Layne Greene

Into the Mystic is an excursion into the music of Van Morrison. A track that you don’t hear being covered by young musicians. This time it has found a freshness in the shared talents of Layne Greene and Pedro Martins. Layne Greene has made folk influenced acoustic tracks since late 2010. It is now that he is branching out in shared creativity with other musicians. Into the Mystic is the result of that artistic curiosity. What do you expect to hear from this project? As always, there is meticulous attention given to mixing and mastering. Both artists are perfectionists.

Pedro Martins  has explored the sounds of his native Brazil. There is always a natural breezy vibes in all his songs and covers. Venturing into Canadian musical territory is a good move because collaborations always bring out interesting results. And in this track Into the Mystic, both artists have hit the right chord! The video’s visuals is the product of Julie Meyer’s creativity with the graphic arts. Into the Mystic is now available for mass consumption. Visit the websites: http://www.youtube.com/user/phdmartre/videos?view=0&flow=grid

and : https://www.facebook.com/LayneGreeneFolk

Lisa Gerrard :All Along the Watchtower Amazing Cover!

Lisa Gerrard (also known as the other half of Dead Can Dance) has made haunting and beautiful music for decades. The Black Opal recently came out and I grabbed a copy. I literally dropped my jaw with her new turn in style. It is still Lisa with beautiful orchestrated pieces and a voice bestowed upon her by a Seraph. But to hear her actually use words and sing with an actual band is something new. Just listen to this cover of a classic :