Covers albums can be an interesting concept and while many would say you should just stick to the originals, it is interesting to hear a bands take on another bands work, especially when the songs are as classic as the ones that Conquest take on here.
While some bands take another bands song and give it their own treatment and style (Six Feet Under’s Graveyard Classics series of albums which sees the band cover classic metal songs in a more death metal style for example), others are more faithful to the original source material and thrashers Conquest belong in that latter category.
Paying tribute to some of the greatest metal bands ever, from Maiden, Priest, Sabbath and Motorhead to Metallica and Pantera as well as unfairly lesser lauded names such as UFO and Trust, the band salute their influences with loyal renditions of some truly classic songs and it’s not solely heavy bands that they are interests in covering as they tackle Motley Crüe and Bon Jovi songs on the album too.
Whereas some covers albums do seem like some sort of lazy cash ins, there seems to be a genuine labour of love with the band and the songs that they pick. The best of the bunch has to be the bands take on Pantera’s Cowboys From Hell with the vocals aping Phil Anselmo’s on the original perfectly and Conquest nail the bands groove based metal assault with ease. The Black Sabbath cover, Children Of The Grave is a fine choice too and is a heavy stomping take on the classic song and their version of Iron Maiden’s Wrathchild and the two Judas Priest songs (Metal Gods and The Ripper) are spot on too.
There are a couple of missteps along the way, the bands version of Metallica’s For Whom The Bell Tolls is a bit too lumpen for its own good and their version of Wanted Dead Or Alive by Bon Jovi just seems a bit out of place and although you can admire the band for wanting to honour their influences that are not strictly heavy metal, it just doesn’t work, the Motley Crüe cover Red Hot is far superior however and mixes well with the thrashy heavy metal Conquest are known for.
All in all, this is a fun album with Conquest saluting their foremost influences and having a good time doing it, where the band go next and the album they’ll record will be interesting and will be worth keeping an eye out for but there is no doubt that the spirit of the bands they cover on Under The Influence will be all over the album.