It is usually quite a risk for a band to cover someone else’s music as, more often than not, fans of the original will become quite vocal about the “butchering” of a beloved track. Although, when done right, a reworking of iconic songs can be quite a tribute to an artist who influenced a band and helped shape a successful carrier. In the case of Down, Wicked & No Good, In Flames have delivered 4 covers of near perfection, adding their own twist to these memorable songs.
So, to start, we are treated to Depeche Mode’s "It’s Not Good". Firstly, what an absolute treat to get a cover other than "Personal Jesus" and it does not disappoint! Whilst it stays true to the original, In Flames add a heavier twist to it. Following on is "Down in a Hole" and as a huge fan of Alice in Chains, this made me nervous heading in (hence my comment regarding “butchering”); however, once again it is an impressive attempt.
Of course, the standout would be Chris Isaak’s "Wicked Game". It maintains the haunting style of the lyrics, but, at the same time, Anders Friden adds a metal edge to this 80’s classic. As a final bonus, a live version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails is included.
So, what’s my 2 cents here? In conclusion, get this! Don’t fear what can be perceived a “butchering”, In Flames have delivered a short, sweet and respectful tribute to some A-class musicians and it is well worth its short run time.
Down, Wicked & No Good Track Listing:
01. It’s No Good
02. Down in a Hole
03. Wicked Game
04. Hurt (live)
Run Time: 19:41
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Check out the lyric video for the band's single "It's No Good" here.