Devil You Know, the metal supergroup fronted by former Killswitch Engage vocalist Howard Jones, are rising up to the challenge of their rivals.
The Soundwave 2016 act have just unleashed their own metal version of the iconic Surviver hit and Rocky III power anthem, Eye Of The Tiger, perhaps in an attempt to match the majesty of Killswitch’s take on Dio’s Holy Diver, back when HoJo was in the band.
Now, if you think you can take the world’s cheesiest training montage soundtrack out of the ’80s but you can’t take the ’80s out of the world’s cheesiest training montage soundtrack, then you’d be right.
And Devil You Know’s cover, though heavy on the heavy, is still just as cheesy as the original teenage mutant ninja turtles’ favourite fun-time snack.
But it’s also just as much fun. And it sounds like the fellas had a blast recording it, too.
Drummer John Sankey (Devolved) has explained how the whole thing came about during a chat with Metal Injection:
“One day when we were in the studio working on our new album, ‘They Bleed Red’, Howard Jones turned up in a shower robe and started shadow boxing in the vocal booth while doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation. It was so impressive that we immediately knew we had to do a cover of the infamous Rocky soundtrack theme. ‘Eye Of The Tiger’. We had already been discussing the possibility of recording a cover, but had no idea what song we would do. In that moment when Hojo literally transformed himself into the Italian Stallion right in front of our very eyes we knew it was the perfect choice!
Our biggest challenge would be adapting the original song into our own style, so we decided each of us must take on the persona of a different cast member to best capture the performance necessary to do such an iconic song justice. Howard lived and breathed the role of Rocky for a full week, Francesco Artusato [guitars] became as a slightly shorter Ivan Drago, Ryan Wombacher [bass] was the perfect fit for a modern day Mickey and I of course was a ‘way too Australian’ not quite as ripped version of Apollo Creed.
We entered the studio swinging wildly in all directions with our respective instruments and there was blood, sweat and many many tears, mainly of uncontrollable laughter. Hours later we emerged victorious and super slow motion high-fived each other in classicRocky fashion as we listened back to the sweet metal sounds of a reformed Survivor classic. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.”
So there you have it.
The track is only available on certain special editions of the band’s new album, They Bleed Red, which comes out this Friday, November 6th.
Check it out below.
UPDATE 17/12/15 5.50pm: Soundwave 2016 has been officially cancelled.
Listen: Devil You Know – Eye Of The Tiger (Survivor Cover)