Not every cover version is going to be Johnny fuckin’ Cash doing ‘Hurt’. I mean, that was lightning in a bottle, wasn’t it? Cash, after years of addiction, in his twilight years, singing a stripped back version of that Nine Inch Nails song, with its introspective lyrics about reflecting on one’s life. It was always going to have a certain emotional weight to it, the fact that homeboy died shortly after its release just upped it considerably.
Not every cover version is going to have that. There’d be dead celebrities all over the place, for starters.
Occasionally, you get the odd one that is absolute blasphemy, butchering a beloved classic, but for the most part they’re all pretty fun. Listen to Limp Bizkit covering George Michael’s ‘Faith’. A silly pop song covered by a silly nu metal band in a silly nu metal style. It is belting. Loads of pop punk bands did similar covers - take classic from the past, play in pop punk style, profit. This sort of cover usually yields the greatest success rate. Some are even better than the originals!
Sometimes it doesn’t go so well. Some lad covered ‘Mad World’ for the Donnie Darko soundtrack and it made it to number one at Christmas here in the UK and that has caused a chain reaction of horseshit cover versions where some girl who sounds like she’s a trapped boy recording an ASMR video delicately delivers to words to some old song with a minimal piano backing. They’re all uniformly shite and this time of year they’re all over TV, almost every store in the world advertising their Christmas wears with one of them. Awful.
Lords Of The Fallen is the ‘direct cover’, when a band does a cover version that sounds exactly the same as the original - the original in question here being ‘Dark Souls’. These are rarely bad, because they retain enough of the source material to still be decent, but lack a bit of soul… a bit of character. You might even question why they even exist, especially as all they do is remind you of how great the original version is? If you’re looking for more then it will certainly scratch that itch, especially if the ‘Next Gen Consoles’ are your favourite band, or something to continue this laboured analogy, but this is very much a watered down version of what came before it. Lords of the Fallen ain’t no Johnny Cash.