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July 24, 2016

Music Review: Did You Mrs. Me? by Driving Mrs. Satan (2016)

I am a huge fan of cover songs. I don't know what it is, but hearing an interpretation of a classic song is an exciting thing for me. I don't care if it's Limp Bizkit covering The Who or My Chemical Romance covering Queen. Sometimes a band or singer can surprise you. There are bands that striclty do covers, like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes or Richard Cheese, and I love them both. In this case, I'm looking at a band I found randomly called Driving Mrs. Satan. On their album Popscotch, they covered Anthrax, Metallica and Faith No More in spectacular ways, and I was hooked.

On Did You Mrs. Me?, classics such as Iron Man from Black Sabbath, Megadeth's Peace Sells and Slayer's Reigning Blood are included in the mix. An eerily optimistic version of Metallica's For Whom the Bell Tolls is one of the most intense things you'll ever hear. It's on while I write, and I can see this as a perfect song for a moment of self-reflection. I'm listening to it as I write, and it's really getting its hooks into me.

Driving Mrs. Satan does a phenomenal job of making you hear a song differently. I've heard many of these songs literally hundreds of times. Anthrax's Antisocial, for example, is close to thirty years old.  For the band to make me think about it in a way that I never have is amazing.

While the foursome performs in an orchestral pop style, they manage to keep the soul of the original songs in tact. When I was growing up, metal was there to give you intense feelings. That doesn't change here. The skeletons of the original tunes remain. I really can't say enough positive things about this album. If you ever wanted to both relax and enjoy your favorite metal, give Did You Mrs. Me? and Driving Mrs. Satan's other albums a spin. You'll enjoy every bit of it.

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