These Surf Rock Covers of Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax are Delightfully Chill


surfSometimes you need to rock out in the presence of less-than-metal company that’s none too stoked about your heavy preference in music. For those moments there’s Killjoy & The Cutthroats, a band whose surf rock covers of classic tunes by Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax are perfect for a dinner party with that weird indie rock dude you don’t really like, hosting the in-laws, or cruising down the highway with the little ones in the back.

It’s remarkable how true to the original character of the songs these covers stay while sounding completely different on an aesthetic level; bravo, job well done! It’s as if Papa Het himself is strumming a Danelectro in “For Whom the Beach Calls,” and like Mustaine is standing right there behind the band in “Hang Ten 18,” only without his grating voice. There’s a surf cover of Anthrax’s “Aftershock” (“Aloha Shock”) available for download on Killjoy & The Cutthroats’ Bandcamp page, and their YouTube has that Glitter Dick song “Surfin with Slayer” we posted two years ago (same band members?), completing the Big Four superfecta.

Just don’t rock out too hard or your metal-listening secret will be out.

Further reading: surf rock covers of black metal songs.

Thanks: Abbey V.

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