Fresh off their recent video premiere here on IDIOTEQ, Richmond based melodic, yet cruhingly heavy metalcore band GRAVEBOUND are back to our pages with a special unexpected cover of The Weeknd hit single “Save Your Tears”! Along with the premiere, the band shared their top 5 heavy pop covers worth revisiting and we have all of them collected below!
The band ambitiously blends the track’s original pop groove and memorable melody with their signature rock edge and metal screams. Combining metal and pop into one track deliberately demolishes the invisible barrier between the genres and challenges themselves and their audience.
Top 5 favorite heavy pop covers , by James Lovato of Gravebound:
Crown The Empire – “Payphone”, originally by Maroon 5
This song has a great mix of cleans and screams that transforms the original song into metalcore perfection. Combined with a killer breakdown with an actual ringing phone, this song goes hard!
Memphis May Fire – “Grenade”, originally by Bruno Mars:
Memphis May Fire’s ability to write technical and interesting guitars is something that GraveBound has always been inspired by. In this cover they don’t disappoint in staying true to their core sound.
Masked Wolf – “Astronaut In The Ocean”, originally by Our Last Night:
The kings of covers always do a great job on their covers but this song sticks out above the rest. The octaver guitar effect makes the song hit hard and the band is able to make the original song even catchier.
I Prevail – “Blank Space”, originally by Taylor Swift:
This song is impressive from multiple aspects. This cover showed that any band could pop off with the right timing and content even with a low budget.
We Came As Romans – “Glad You Came”, originally by The Wanted:
Also off of the Punk Goes Pop album 5 as “Payphone” this song has that 2012 metalcore sound at its finest. The production and instrumental work stays true to the original song and brings that high energy you would expect from We Came As Romans.
Special mention: GraveBound – “Save Your Tears”, originally by The Weeknd:
In this song we attempted to stay true to the initial song but also give it that GraveBound spin. We sped the song up a bit and dropped the guitars extremely low to bring the heavy in this one.