Nevermind Forever

by kiiirstyyy

So this week is the 20th anniversary of Nirvanas most notorious album Nevermind. This album was probably the most important in all of Nirvanas career as it really put the band and grunge as a genre on the map. It’s also one of the most widely influential albums of the last 50 years inspiring a whole generation of performers. In tribute to this album and it’s two decade long success Kerrang magazine put together a cover album called Nevermind Forever. It features some of the freshest faces in rock music right now including Deaf Havana, Kids In Glass Houses, Frank Turner and Rise To Remain. Doing a Nirvana song any justice is a tricky task, to say the least. Let’s see how these bands did.

1) Arcane Roots – Smells Like Teen Spirit

Arcane Roots have actually done a really job capturing the angst of smells like teen spirit without sounding like a really bad Nirvana rip off. With a voice reminiscent to Cobain, Andrew Groves and the rest of the bands cover is original and old school in equal amounts. Being the only unsigned band on this album, their cover is sure to send Arcane Roots down the right path and onto bigger things.  8/10

2) Framing Hanley – In Bloom

This band aren’t strangers to covers. Their version of ‘Lollypop‘ by Lil Wayne is probably one of their most successful works to date so the best is to be expected from this band. Honestly, It’s probably one of the less memorable covers on this album but that doesn’t mean they’ve done a bad job. Kenneth Nixon’s rough and ready voice compliments the melody well and it’s obvious that this band know what they’re doing. This being said, it’s not one of the songs that really stick out on this album and just comes across as ‘another cover song’. 6/10

3) Deaf Havana – Come As You Are

This cover just further proves why Deaf Havana are one of the best up and coming bands in the business right now. The band execute this song well and it’s done is such a way that pays perfect homage to Nirvana and their style. It also still bares Deaf Havanas unique sound meaning it’s just the right balance between tribute and originality. 8/10

4) Rise To Remain – Breed

Being one of the heavier bands on this album means Rise To Remain have the perfect opportunity to stand out here and show off their durability. Which isn’t really what they do at all. This cover starts off well, it’s beefy riffs and beats lead you to believe this is going to be a strong tribute but as soon as the vocals start the whole thing is diluted. Although Rise To Remain clearly have the talent, they don’t really have the right sound to cover Nirvana. 6/10

5) Francesqa – Lithium

Francesqa, although a good band, don’t have the most powerful sounds around at the moment. This actually works well with them here though. Lithium itself isn’t the heaviest of songs and Francesqas style compliments it well. Ashley Wilkies voice really sets the song off and after Rise  To Remains cover, brings this album back to life. 7/10

6) Young Guns – Polly

Young guns are definitely one of the most original bands around nowadays and this cover is no exception to that. This is probably one of the only covers on the album that really captures the genre of grunge really well. You’d be forgiven for believing Young Guns were a grunge band themselves. There really are no faults to this cover at all, which is to be expected of such a talented band. 8/10

7) The Dillinger Escape Plan – Territorial Pissings

The Dillinger Escape Plan sound like a band who have jumped in a time machine and time travelled forward about 25 years.  Because of this, they offer one of the most refreshing covers on the whole album. It’s completely different to anything else on here and Nirvana themselves but that it no way means they’ve ruined or tarnished this song. It’s fun and exciting and a proves that mathcore is very much still alive. 8/10

8 ) Kids In Glass Houses – Drain You

Kids In Glass Houses offer something completely new. Although Aled Phillips has a voice more suited for the light and upbeat sounds of pop punk, this doesn’t stop KIGH from producing an outstanding cover of Drain You. It’s one of the most original songs on this album as it, (although very obviously a cover of Drain You), sounds like a brand new song, like Nirvana if Cobain loved life. The bands use of rubber toys throughout the song propels this cover over the rest and puts it in a league of its own. 8/10

9) Evile – Lounge Act

There is nothing terrible to be said about this cover. It works well, it shows off Eviles obvious talents and is a cover even Cobain would be proud of. That said, it still doesn’t stand out. It’s perfectly constructed and it’s a song you could keep on repeat for hours but it just doesn’t offer anything new or different and after the previous two tracks, doesn’t really spark any excitement. 7/10

10) The Blackout – Stay Away

The Blackout do Stay Away justice here. Gavin Butlers voice works so well with this cover that a more naive mind would be fooled into believing that this was a song The Blackout had originally written and performed themselves. The raw talent of this band are made obvious on this track and, much like KIGH, have put their own spin on this cover instead of just trying to sound like Nirvana. 8/10

11)Frank Turner – On A Plain

Turners cover is so perfect it almost hurts. His folk sound works well with On A Plain to the point where he has reinvented the song and made it easy listening for all. Turners voice is strong and talent is laid bare within this cover. It’s simple but beautiful. It’s probably the best cover on this album. Well Done Frank, top of the class. 9/10

12) Spycatcher – Something In The Way

Spycatcher bring a certain quality to this cover that is hard to distinguish. It’s eerie, daunting, almost. Beautiful, though. Spycatcher clearly aren’t the most established band, by far, but they’ve proved here that they have the talent to go far. 7/10

13) Dangerous! – Endless, Nameless.

Dangerous! are by far the worst band on this album. Sounding like a cheap imitation of a million bands before them they just don’t live up to the rest of the bands on this CD. Their cover does the original no justice what so ever and with Endless, Nameless being one of Nirvanas best songs, this is where the album is let down. 4/10

14) We Are The Ocean – Sliver.

This track was a ‘bonus’ on this album and what a brilliant way to finish the album off. We Are The Ocean are one of those bands whose sound is adaptable and this shines through with this cover. It’s spot on from start to finish. It’s clean and well done but doesn’t discard the originals rough, grunge vibe. 8/10

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