Monday, March 26, 2018

Dylan Cover #318 Fragments of an Empire "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 live cover by Fragments of an Empire 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:
Fragments of an Empire are an Austrian noiserock band that seems pretty damn inserting if this live cover is any can check out their newest EP on their bandcamp page.

Thoughts on Cover:
This version is god damn interesting as it screams and soars. Noisy Dylan covers are always exciting and this one builds expertly.  

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