Monday, March 7, 2016

Dylan Cover #224 Arsonists Get All The Girls "Masters of War"

In this ongoing Monday Series we will be exploring various artists versions of Bob Dylan song's. Today's tune is a cover by Arsonists Get All The Girls playing "Masters of War"

Thoughts on Original:
From the first time we tackled a cover of this tune:
Ranking as one of his most accusatory and cutting tracks Dylan condemns the whole "war machine" on this classic and vital song (the "hope that you die" line is so facking cold, it is brutal). Often misrepresented as an attack on war itself (Dylan always said he wasn't a pacifist) this track calls out the government for using war-as-business (the Cold War in Particular) and business-as-war models when lives are put on the line for meaningless reasons. As alive and burning now as it was in 1962 when he wrote it.

Thoughts on Cover Artist:
I have never heard of the cleverly named Arsonists Get All The Girls but a quick search proves they are a California based Metal Band who are no longer active but had been the last few years. 
Thoughts on Cover:
It is interesting, the first sentence on their Wikipedia page states "Arsonists Get All the Girls was an American band that infused multiple styles of heavy metal". This cover is Example A of that statement. From speed to thrash to death to industrial to sludge to any other sub genre the band plays a stanza of Dylan's song in that style. The shift is jarring, this cover is all over the map, but it is intriguing and it will sure as hell wake you up this Monday. This week we prove once again Dylan is literally for everyone.  

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