A full-scale metal tribute to Michael Jackson
has been released today, covering every track from "Thriller
" in its entirety.
Musicians from bands including Guns N' Roses
, Asking Alexandria
, Iron Maiden
and Alien Ant Farm
appear on the 13-track record.
Producer Bob Kulick
masterminded the record which features a pretty awesome lineup of metal artists. "We made these awesome songs kick ass while still being faithful to the original versions,"
he said. "Add killer players like Doug Aldrich, Billy Sheehan, Bruce Kulick, Rudy Sarzo, Tony Franklin, Craig Goldy, Bumblefoot, Phil Campbell and you've got some real MAGIC!"
Bassist Tony Franklin who has worked with everyone from Jimmy Page
to David Gilmour
said: "The first thing I noticed was how easily these out and out pop songs translated to the metal genre. That is the sign of, one, a great song and, two, a great production and arrangement … it was very cool to see how the guest artists interpreted these songs as it brought out a different side of them - a side we wouldn't usually hear."
Full tracklist (via Blabbermouth
01. Thriller - Chuck Billy (Testament)
02. Man In The Mirror - Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)
03. The Way You Make Me Feel - Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensryche)
04. Black Or White - Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss), & Tony Franklin (the Firm)
05. Beat It - Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron Bumblefoot Thal (Guns N' Roses)
06. Billy Jean - Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motorhead)
07. Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
08. Rock With You - Doug Pinnick (King's X)
09. Dirty Diana - Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
10. Bad - Paul Di'Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) & Craig Goldy (Dio)
11. They Don't Care About Us - Icarus Witch
12. Never Can Say Goodbye - Lonnie Jordan (War)
13. Smooth Criminal - Alien Ant Farm