Avenged Sevenfold can be pretty much expected to always be releasing new music, and today sees another amusing entry in the metal act’s extensive discography.
The band has released a new cover of Mr. Bungle’s “Retrovertigo,” from the American experimental rockers’ seminal work California from 1999.
The cut is the second and latest entry into the expanding track list for the band’s last record The Stage. After the official release, the band has decided to continue adding songs to the official album, with so far a cover of the Spanish language track “Malagueña Salerosa,” and now “Retrovertigo.”
It’s undeniably cool to hear the heavy metal rockers cover the cult rock band that had featured Faith No More singer Mike Patton. The original track has long quiet, atmospheric portions that don’t seem like it would gel very well with the hardcore energy of A7X. The cover definitely holds up, keping its original dynamics with the full dramatic blast in the second half of the song, but it also packs in a lot of Avenged Sevenfold’s character.
“We’re massive fans of Mr. Bungle,” said singer M. Shadows. “‘Retrovertigo’ is one of their softer songs and a particular favorite of ours and we thought it’d be a fun twist to make a heavy version. We hope this song encourages the uninitiated to dig a little deeper into the brilliant world of Mr. Bungle. Mike Patton is one of the greatest vocalists of our generation and it was pretty daunting for me to sing one of his songs, but we had a great time recording this track. More coming.”
A7X have been having a pretty killer summer, acting as direct support to Metallica’s Worldwired tour.
Check out the cover for “Retrovertigo” below, as well as the original cut.