25 June 2014

Beatallica - Abbey Load


Obviously cover bands are nothing new, that's been doing the rounds since the dawn of rock n' roll, nor is an act that fuses two musical legends together, but bring them from two very differing fields of music, and we could end up with a horrifying result or a cleverly crafted piece. In this case, US band Beatallica, as the name suggests, melds together the works of The Beatles and Metallica.

Hailing from Milwaukee, their pseudonyms are clearly a mix of names from the Fab Four and the First Men of thrash and I'll give you a couple of examples. The John Lennon/James Hetfield frontman is called Jaymz Lennefield, and we have a bassist in Kliff McBurtney, clearly a McCartney/Burton fusion, not only that but virtually of their song titles are melded together too, like The Thing That Should Not Let It Be. Fans of both bands will instantly recognise these numbers.

It's clear that for their next project Beatallica wanted to blanket cover Abbey Road, with Metallica overtones as a backdrop, so the Reload album title forms part of this album to form Abbey Load. However, there was a couple of problems in doing that. First of all, the George Harrison Estate wouldn't permit them to cover Something and Here Comes The Sun, while I Want You (She's So Heavy) has already been recorded in a mashup with The Call Of Klutu (read the album blog the song is taken from here).


So, Abbey Load. I Saw Here Standing There is just about the only song here that doesn't borrow its riffs, or hooklines from anywhere else, all the rest follow the familiar Metallica pattern of deep guttural chord structure and occasional thrash traits. Most notable ones are Michelle played to the tune of For Whom The Bell Tolls which I find strangely addictive, Polythene Pam melded with My Apocalypse, all adding to the fun and novelty factor. But sadly, just not enough. There's of plenty of variety, for example in Blackbird, which follows the acoustic trend, but omitting the vocals from it. And Come Together has an interesting riff borrowed from Through The Never.

The rest of the album? Really doesn't do it for me unfortunately. The medleys from Sun King to The End are all the same and even though each track barely runs for two minutes each, it's still not giving me the urge to make me want to listen to it again. And even with Lou Reed quoting Her Majesty (yet another Metallica connection, read the blog here) this is too much of a hit or miss. Plus the pedestrian crossing photo is a heavily used cliche thirty five years on. They've done other material which I understand has had more favourable reviews, but rather forgettable this save for a couple of chunky power metal backdrops.

6 out of ten. Now I see where you were going but not quite there.
Best track : Michelle

Buy Abbey Load here on Amazon
Listen to the album here on Spotify
Listen to it here on Deezer
Official Beatallica Website here
Official Facebook Page on this link here

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