Farm Machine by Steve ‘N’ Seagulls (2015)

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Steve ‘N’ Seaulls
Farm Machine
Spinefarm Records, 2015
50 minutes

Covers albums are generally a bad idea. Poison, Def Leppard, and Guns N’ Roses have all tried and failed, and Metallica’s Garage Inc. is an overrated collection with just a couple of gems. But when a band is able to translate a song from one genre into another, and the song comes out just as powerful as the original, that is when covers albums are great.

That is exactly what happens on Farm Machine by Steve ‘N’ Seagulls. The five-piece bluegrass group performs renditions of hard rock classics by Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC, hillbillyfying them and blowing the listener away. This heavy metal hoedown is a perfect mix of passion and power, displaying both the timeless nature of the song and the talent of Steve ‘N’ Seagulls.

My personal favorite here is “Holy Diver,” a song originally recorded by the late Ronnie James Dio. We are approaching the five-year anniversary of the singer’s death, yet this song, which was released in 1983, sounds just as fantastic today as it did when first released, even in a different genre. Of all the cover versions of this song out there, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls’ entry is by far my favorite.

Watch the band perform Metallica’s “Seek and Destroy” below:

Tracklisting:
1. Grand Opening
2. Black Dog
3. Thunderstruck
4. The Trooper
5. Ich Will
6. Paradise City
7. Nothing Else Matters
8. Over The Hills And Far Away
9. Seek And Destroy
10. Holy Diver
11. Run To The Hills
12. You Shook Me All Night Long
13. Cemetery Gates

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About JT

Preacher. Author. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on May 14, 2015, in music, reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I love it! There is another band that basically does the same thing, Hayseed Dixie.

    • Very familiar with Hayseed Dixie. Love their studio stuff. Saw them at Southgate House a few years ago, ended up walking out during the third or fourth song because they were not entertaining. They were blown away by the opening band, a local outfit called the Rumpke Mountain Boys ( https://rumpkemountainboys.com/ ).

      To me, Steve ‘N’ Seagulls sounds better overall and really steps it up. The sound on the video does not do the album justice. It is very well produced.

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