Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Roky Erickson vs. Entombed

...Aaaaaand we're back with a new edition of the blog series VERSUS, where I take things I like and make them duke it out. This edition will be a bit different from previous ones, as this time around I'm having a cover song fight its original version, rather than band vs. band.

What we have here is the song "Night of the Vampire" as covered by Entombed, one of the metal bands I used to love back in the day. Entombed's version will go head-to-head with the original version by Roky Erickson.

So without further ado....duke it out, bitches.



Entombed was one of the bands that came from the Gothenburg death metal scene in Sweden, which sprang up in response to Tampa, FL's death metal scene. They released some classic death metal masterpieces (look no further than their 1991 album Clandestine, released by Earache Records), and eventually tried to make it big with a shitty commercial album (do yourself a favor and never check out their 1998 album Same Difference, released by Roadrunner Records). Entombed have lost a few band members here and there, but are still around today. I haven't followed them in years, but I did enjoy them quite a bit when I was around 20 years old. 

Their cover of Roky Erickson's "Night of the Vampire" appeared on a 1995 split 7" EP with The New Bomb Turks. It was a limited release, but the song was a single and also appeared on the self-titled Entombed album in 1997. Take a listen:
Entombed - Night of the Vampire 
(1995 cover)


I've never actually heard anything else by this Roky Erickson fellow, nor have I heard of him beyond the fact that Entombed covered one of his songs. A quick Wikipedia search reveals that Roky got his start in 1964 and is one of the pioneers of the psychedelic rock genre. He was also a member of 13th Floor Elevators. So he's got that going for him, which is nice. Unfortunately, he suffers from schizophrenia and at one point received electroshock therapy against his will....which is bad.

Here's the original version of "Night of the Vampire" by Roky Erickson in all of its glory:
Roky Erickson & The Aliens - Night of the Vampire 

So what's the verdict? I kinda like the Roky's original version better. Entombed's version drags on a bit, and gets a tad redundant and boring. You might as well just listen to Roky's original, ya feel me?

Besides, just look at the guy:
Yeah. Roky wins.

Sorry L G Petrov, singer for Entombed. Although, you certainly are a contender in the "look crazy" category.

Go ahead and bow us out with some of your nonsense, Petrov. Catch y'all next time!

Entombed - Wolverine Blues (1993)

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