Devolved Covers Metallica's 'Battery'

Australian/American tech-metallers Devolved have posted two new tracks on their MySpace page.

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Australian/American tech-metallers Devolved have posted two new tracks on their MySpace page. "Derivative" and the cover version of Metallica's "Battery" come off the band's new album, "Calculated", which will be released on January 19 via Unique Leader Records. The CD was mixed by famed producer/engineer Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Nevermore, Deicide, Judas Priest) and was mastered by Alan Douches (Sepultura, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, God Forbid). The album is the first release to feature vocalist Kyle Zemanek. "Calculated" track listing: 01. Fractured 02. Hybrid 03. Vex 04. Derivative 05. Synergy 06. Catatonic Ruin 07. Biotics 08. Impute 09. Assimilate 10. Icon 11. Depth Perception 12. Battery (Metallica cover; bonus track) 13. Vex (Mass Confusion Remix) (bonus track) Devolved filmed a music video for the song "Fractured" in early October 2009 at Ramona Mainstage in San Diego, California with acclaimed music director David Brodsky, who has worked with such bands as Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Unearth, All That Remains, Suffocation and many more. David Brodsky also won best video of the year for 2008 on MTV2's "Headbangers Ball". Devolved drummer John Sankey was a member of an early version of Divine Heresy and co-wrote some of the material on the band's "Bleed The Fifth" album before being forced to leave the project and go back to Australia due to visa issues. Originally from Australia, the band conquered its homeland in almost next to no time after forming in Queensland in 1997. Since Devolved's first release, a four-track demo called "Truth", the band gained exposure and captured the imagination of fans in their home country that would take many top level bands years to work at. For more information, visit myspace.com/devolvedmetal.

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    KnownUnknown
    Could have swore that the headline said Deftones. Now I'm a bit disappointed will check these guys out however.
    coxxy
    queenslander47 wrote: not just aussies but queenslanders as well. i gotta check this out now
    Hate to break it to you, but Queenslanders are Aussies too.
    Morbidyeti
    O.o It'd be nice if they had like actually important front page articles though
    WheredMyRockGo?
    malfeitor665 wrote: terrible terrible cover...vocally crappy, processed drum sounds, and the guitars were off...the intro was just murdered completely and from there it seemed like they struggled to pick out the riffs (which aren't exactly too hard to play to begin with)...I don't know about their originals, but this cover is about as bad as listening to new metallica... it's just terrible
    I agree with you that this cover is no good but what's with so many people disliking death magnetic? I think it's a badass album, exactly what I was hoping it would be. Tons of energy and tons of awesome riffs.
    Musicrules,man
    Wow that was bad! the vocals weren't as terrible as everyone is saying but they weren't good. They were they only thing I thought was decent the insane tone sounded like they let a 3 year old play with their amp before they covered it. The drums were so fake. Was there even a bass cuz I shure didn't hear it? Just an overall terrible cover lol!
    Detonation
    I thought it was kinda cool even the drums sounded like crap i liked how they threw some different stuff in it. Vocals were well vocals haha. Guitars were umm ok also lol. It was their cover of the song so be it. Dont really think they needed an article for it but oh well it happened. Machine Head's version though was much much better
    mydian
    Not sure why this deserved a front page article. Better bands have covered Battery.. but none sound as good as the original.
    THEdevilYOUknow
    The reason this is front page is because all of UG finally can agree on something. It's horrible.
    liquidbassial
    coxxy wrote: queenslander47 wrote: not just aussies but queenslanders as well. i gotta check this out now Hate to break it to you, but Queenslanders are Aussies too.
    judging by the fact his name is queenslander i think he knows that
    JohnVanOevelen
    hmm... sounded like the drums were recorded with loads of samples It aint to bad, but I prefer Machine Head and Metallica!!
    Guitarism12
    The start sounds like an out of tune mistake and the rest is meh, thats abit of a disapointing cover really...
    bokma
    Wow, I've never heard a Metallica cover before!! /sarcasm
    hackstar18
    KnownUnknown wrote: Could have swore that the headline said Deftones. Now I'm a bit disappointed will check these guys out however.
    Well this might be news to you if you haven't seen it...
    metallica4life_
    Black Star wrote: flxz wrote: Not really a good cover imo. Sure they add their own style to it, but it just doesn't fit. Machine Head's cover is much better imo. To be honest, Machine Head's version wasn't that good, either. The vocals just didn't fit. The original Battery is the best I've heard, followed by Van Canto's version.
    Lolwut? Van Canto? That sh-t sucks big balls. Seriously, they've created a formula for raping perfectly good songs, like The Trooper, Fear of the Dark and Battery...
    greatmisdirect3
    The cover was alright, but the intro sounded weird. I'm not getting why everyone hates it I thought they did a good job, making it their own. It's not supposed to be the exact same thing as the original.
    Black Star
    flxz wrote: Not really a good cover imo. Sure they add their own style to it, but it just doesn't fit. Machine Head's cover is much better imo.
    To be honest, Machine Head's version wasn't that good, either. The vocals just didn't fit. The original Battery is the best I've heard, followed by Van Canto's version.
    dagiff
    Just sounds like they turned the distortion up to 11, bass as good as off, and screamed over it. Not particulalry impressive...
    ihavenoname93
    i dont think there are any mids in this mix. its so scooped i literally couldnt hear some of the notes. even with this aside, its a pretty shi*ty cover. and even with that aside, it didnt deserve an article
    -Collapse-
    Can't really say anything positive about the vocals; just awful. Extremely trebley mix. Drum beat was cool, but sounded lifeless like a drum machine.
    flxz
    Not really a good cover imo. Sure they add their own style to it, but it just doesn't fit. Machine Head's cover is much better imo.
    captainperoxide
    I didn't really like the cover very much. Doesn't help that a) Devolved aren't really my style and b) I love the Metallica version so much, but I dunno. Way too much treble in the mix.
    BlueFirus
    Yeah, i quickly read the title as " Devo covers Metalica" that would have been interesting, this is shit.
    169290
    Its their interpretation of the song so its not generally a "bad cover" yeah the drums sound fake as! vocals could be better but i like the screaming bits of battery sounds awesome other than that not really a bad cover i thought! and to all those saying bad cover try doing it yourself!!! they've done a good job on such a good song!
    malfeitor665
    terrible terrible cover...vocally crappy, processed drum sounds, and the guitars were off...the intro was just murdered completely and from there it seemed like they struggled to pick out the riffs (which aren't exactly too hard to play to begin with)...I don't know about their originals, but this cover is about as bad as listening to new metallica... it's just terrible
    PlayFreebirdNow
    I really did not enjoy this at all. I like Machine Head's version a lot more, and of course the original is the best.
    craig1888
    Hmm, didn't really like the cover, the vocals just didn't fit. Listened to a couple of the other songs though and i quite liked them, just the cover wasn't that good.
    EpiExplorer
    As far as covers go, it werent too bad, I think they overdid the oldschool thrash tone though.. and the blastbeated first solo was drowned out by rather digital sounding drums. That said, the second solo had a nice deep tone, though I think it was a little out of key. AND THAT BIT AFTER IT, no bass, at all, they'd overdubbed.. something, and removed the bass. THATS THE BEST BIT OF THE SONG. D: Yeah.. come to think of it, it wasnt good at all. Nowhere near close. But the ambient effects at the end where nice..