Review: Popscotch by Driving Mrs. Satan

We’ve reached that time of year when the big yellow thing in the sky seems to hang around a little longer than usual, so in light of this rare...

We’ve reached that time of year when the big yellow thing in the sky seems to hang around a little longer than usual, so in light of this rare phenomenon we had a listen to a new album of folk reworks of classic metal songs by a band called Driving Mrs Satan.

It’s not a new concept to cover songs in other genres, we’ve been laughing at punk covers of pop songs since the 90’s and you can usually rely on our pop culture colleagues to jump on the alternative band wagon to release a dub step version of something. Popscotch is different in the way it delivers each track in a way that means someone who didn’t know the originals could be forgiven for thinking they were originals, albeit with some interesting lyrics.

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The pretty young lady who fronts the band has a beautiful voice, there’s no getting away from the fact she has an enchanting tone and that is one of the highlights of this album if you are a newcomer to the songs. If you aren’t, like me, then it offers something else that we may not have appreciated before, the lyrics. This album represents a body of work from some of the most amazing metal bands to ever have graced a stage, and the songs are familiar, we know them, we sing along to them in countless festivals, but do we ever pay attention to the lyrics?

The best example is the first track on the album, I Want Out by Helloween, now I know that song well, I can happily recite each lyric but have never taken the time to really listen to them. This forces us to do that and begin to see these fine songs in a new light, it’s breathes new life into songs where the person who wrote the lyrics may not have got the credit they deserve. When we a thrashing around in mosh pits loosing ourselves in the guitars and drums, we miss a whole part of the song, the meaning behind it in the first place.

There really are some great tracks here, Battery (Metallica), Caught in a Mosh (Anthrax), Hells Bells (AC/DC) and many more including Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Slayer and Faith No More. I highly recommend you give this amazing album a good listen all the way to the end and take in the eery ambience of songs you have loved for years.

The album is available from all the usual outlets and also the bands own website.

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