The early Black Sabbath is one of my favorite bands of all time. I started listening to them when I was about 14, and many of those songs are still absolutely amazing. I am, of course, not the only one to think so, since practically the entire metal genre is based on what Black Sabbath created more than 40 years ago. Several of their songs have been covered by countless metal bands, resulting in the tunes becoming extremely worn out. Therefore it is very refreshing to hear artists from completely different genres do their take on these great songs.

 

In the last few years, First Aid Kit from my home town Stockholm has become one of Sweden’s biggest bands, selling loads of records and touring heavily in Europe, North America and Australia. Their country pop with their trademark vocal harmonies is miles away from heavy metal, but occasionally, in tunes like The lion’s roar and Wolf, they show that there is also a rockier side to them. Still, it was quite a surprise when First Aid Kit added one of Black Sabbath’s most covered songs, War pigs, to their setlist on their festival shows in the summer of 2015. They actually do not just a good version but a really great one, and rock out quite hard!