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Let It Go 
26th-Aug-2015 02:09 pm
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Yesterday, I stumbled across this cover of "Let It Go" by the French deathcore band Betraying the Martyrs.

I'm not even generally that fond of deathcore, but this is well worth a listen. (If the growling vocals put you off, try to at least listen through the first chorus - from that point on, the song does a better job of balancing the harsh and melodic vocal elements.) I like the fact that, unlike many metal covers of pop songs, this isn't just a tongue-in-cheek exercise in seeing how silly you can make a pop tune sound with death growls and palm-muted guitar riffs stuck on it - it feels to me like the band genuinely put a lot of work into making the song work in a different genre. I actually think that if you somehow hadn't seen Frozen or heard the original song ever before, it might never occur to you that this song was not originally conceived as deathcore. Lyrically, it even fits pretty well into a long lineage of deathcore songs about alienation and power fantasy - although on average deathcore lyricists tend to use more swear words and more explicitly violent/destructive imagery.

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26th-Aug-2015 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'll have to play that for Morgan when she gets home from preschool.

(Personally I expect I would really like the non-growling version with this instrumentation. The guy doing the melodic singing has a lovely voice.)

Edited at 2015-08-26 10:13 pm (UTC)
27th-Aug-2015 12:08 am (UTC)
Yes, this. I really want the non-growly metal version of this song.

Which will clearly be the original, much like Hamlet in the original Klingon.
27th-Aug-2015 05:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, as much as I personally genuinely enjoy growling vocals, and while I acknowledge that the vocal style is de rigeur for the subgenre, I'd probably prefer a version where the growled vocals were trimmed back to the level of just providing textural contrast for the clean vocals.

And a straight-up clean vocal version in the style of King Diamond or Iron Maiden or another band with a vocalist who can hit genuinely operatic high notes would be EPIC.
27th-Aug-2015 04:22 pm (UTC)
Morgan likes the beginning, where it's instrumental. Now she has got her drum out and is having me sing while she drums.
28th-Aug-2015 06:22 am (UTC)
Wow, yeah, that really works.
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