Around the Internet, you might know Don de Leaumont as the opinionated and knowledgeable man behind the music website The Great Southern Brainfart, a music-blog with the impressive tag-line “Typos, Shitty Grammar, & Kick Ass Hard Rock / Metal Content Since 2009”.
Turns out, Don also knows a thing or two about singing and playing the guitar, and he has just released an EP called “Metal As Folk: A Folk Tribute to Metal”. The EP features six of his favourite hard rock and metal tracks, done all acoustic-style. At first, that might sound like a bit of a reach, but having listened to the EP, I was hugely impressed. Not only by how well these songs come across in their new “folksy clothing”, but also by Don’s careful, and tender handling of each classic.
Hearing tracks like “The Ace of Spades”, “I’m Eighteen”, and “Hallowed Be Thy Name” done like this, accompanied by nothing but a voice and an acoustic guitar, and every word laid out plain and simple…. well, it gave me a whole new perspective on the tunes and the lyrics. There’s nothing here that is flashy or showy, it’s just deeply felt, alternate interpretations of each piece of music.
I’d recommend the EP to anyone: both fans of the original tunes and artists, and to people that might not have listened to a whole lot of metal or hard rock before. I think you’ll like what you hear.
The EP is available as a free download from Don De Leaumont’s Bandcamp page: www.donscatalog.bandcamp.com.
Here is more about the release:
Atlanta based folksinger/songwriter Don de Leaumont is releasing a six song EP on January 17th called, Metal as Folk: A Folk Tribute to Metal. Don de Leaumont (guitarist/singer/songwriter for folk rock trio Collins Drive) has offered up a solo release unlike anything he’s ever done before. This time around, de Leaumont pulled together six of his favorite hard rock/metal tunes and gave them the folk treatment.
Metal as Folk: A Folk Tribute to Metal was recorded in his Atlanta, GA home studio. The EP will be released as a FREE DOWNLOAD via his official Bandcamp page, www.donscatalog.bandcamp.com. Even as kitschy as it may seem, Metal as Folk: A Folk Tribute to Metal is not a joke, parody, or novelty album. This is a very true and very sincere release. Each song was taken completely out of their hard rock/metal element and transformed into sparse, organic, and at times dark folk songs. Metal as Folk: A Folk Tribute to Metal contains a haunting, brooding cover of Motorhead‘s “Ace of Spades”, a corny, almost hilariously menacing take on the Ratt classic “Round and Round”, and a transformation of Iron Maiden‘s “Hallowed Be Thy Name” into what very well could be an epic Renaissance Fair masterpiece. So what made Don de Leaumont decide to do an EP of Metal covers?
“Well, that’s easy. It’s because I’m a metal head tried and true. I first fell in love with metal at the age of 10 in 1983. I played metal music until 1994 and then after taking a break from playing at all, I fell in love with and started playing folk music. Even though I’ve now been playing folk music for over 20 years, my love of metal music never died. As a matter of fact, it was, and still is, nothing to go from listening to a David Crosby album to throwing on At War with Satan by Venom. It’s taken long enough but I just felt like it was the right time for me to finally pay tribute to the music that shaped me and molded me into who I am today.”
- Ace of Spades (Motörhead)
- Round And Round (Ratt)
- Hallowed Be Thy Name (Iron Maiden)
- I’m Eighteen (Alice Cooper)
- Temple of the King (Rainbow)
- Heaven And Hell (Black Sabbath)