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Get Your King of Pop Fix with Thriller: A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson

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Thriller Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson

Making metal covers of Michael Jackson tunes isn’t exactly a new idea — off the top of my head, Raintime covered “Beat It,Alien Ant Farm covered “Smooth Criminal,” Periphery covered “Black or White” and so on and so forth — but re-imaging the King of Pop’s songs never seems to get old, and never before have metal covers of MJ tunes by such a star-studded cast been assembled in one place. Thriller: A Metal Tribute To Michael Jackson came out on October 22nd and is now available for streaming in full, below.

Shoo-ins like Angelo Moore, Lajon Witherspoon and Corey Glover are a slam dunk, while Chuck Billy, Rudy Sarzo and Chris Jericho are much less obvious choices but do a bang-up job as well. Here’s the tracklist, along with which metal notables contributed to each song:

1. Thriller – Chuck Billy (Testament)
2. Man In The Mirror – Danny Worsnop (Asking Alexandria) & Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)
3. The Way You Make Me Feel – Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake), & Rudy Sarzo (Queensrÿche)
4. Black Or White – Lajon Witherspoon (Sevendust), Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), & Tony Franklin (The Firm)
5. Beat It – Priya Panda (Diemonds) & Ron Bumblefoot Thal (Guns N Roses)
6. Billy Jean – Corey Glover (Living Colour) & Phil Campbell (Motörhead)
7. Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground) – Elias Soriano (Nonpoint)
8. Rock With You – Doug Pinnick (King s X)
9. Dirty Diana – Chris Jericho (Fozzy)
10. Bad – Paul Dianno (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 (Re-recorded)

Here are YouTube and Spotify streams of the full record, in case one or the other doesn’t work for you. Purchase the album here.

[via The PRP]

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