Bykürius Deliver Some Amazing Black Metal Covers
It’s somewhat amusing to me that just two days ago when my beloved co-Iron Council member Disinformasiya posed the question “What covers have made you interested in a band?” I didn’t actually have an answer at the time, and yet, just this morning, I seem to have stumbled across a gem of an unknown band by this very principle.
Bykürius are a two man black metal project from the UK, that, as you can tell by their very clever name, have a sense of humour about themselves. They celebrate and embrace some of the more ridiculous aspects of black metal and run wild with it. Bykürius are currently working on their debut album, but in the meantime they have been releasing cover songs. This is where the link to that Iron Inquisition comes in because, thanks to one of our own writers, Angel, these guys have been turned on to me and now I am greatly anticipating their own original music.
The songs they have targeted to cover are perhaps a little unexpected. The first is a rousing cover of “Hellfire” my favourite Disney song ever, originally sung by Tony Jay‘s portrayal of Justice Claude Frollo in The Hunchback OF Notre Dame. It’s a very dramatic and slightly rapey song and apparently, perfect for a translation to black metal. The other cover songs span an impressive and rousing rendition of The Phantom Of The Opera, an amusing Christmas song, and black metal versions of the main themes from The Lord Of The Rings and Game Of Thrones. Clearly the guys in Bykürius not only understand their audience, but are actually just making music that they love.
Their latest cover however, is the most remarkable, a powerful and truly brilliant rendition of Judas Priest‘s classic song “Night Crawler“. I have to agree with Angel that this is truly one of the best black metal conversions of a classic metal song I’ve ever heard.
The blistering tremolo picked riffs, combined with a ferocious percussive force and anguished black metal howls, as well as a flawless transition into eye opening clean vocals make this a true treat, for both classic and black metal fans alike. While you could argue that a series of great covers might not necessarily bode well for an album of original material, it’s clear that the guys here have a very strong sense of composition and are able to construct covers that transcend mere re-hashes of classic songs. If they spend half as long working on their own original material, I’m sure we’ll have nothing to worry about.
Head on over to their Facebook page and check it out, but make sure to come back here and tell us what you think!
Here’s the original songs of “Hellfire” and “Night Crawler” for reference:
Bykürius are working on their debut album, Sons Ov Southern Hampton, hopefully to be released later this year.