Devil You Know (Ex-Killswitch Engage) Streaming “Eye Of The Tiger” Cover


Devil You Know (ex-Killswitch Engage tackled a cover of Survivor‘s “Eye Of The Tiger” for their impending new album, “They Bleed Red“. A stream of that song has just gone up and can be heard below. Drummer John Sankey commented:

“One day when we were in the studio working on our new album, They Bleed Red, Howard Jones (vocals) turned up in a shower robe and started shadow boxing in the vocal booth while doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation. It was so impressive that we immediately knew we had to do a cover of the infamous Rocky soundtrack theme. ‘Eye Of The Tiger‘. We had already been discussing the possibility of recording a cover, but had no idea what song we would do. In that moment when Hojo literally transformed himself into the Italian Stallion right in front of our very eyes we knew it was the perfect choice!

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Our biggest challenge would be adapting the original song into our own style, so we decided each of us must take on the persona of a different cast member to best capture the performance necessary to do such an iconic song justice. Howard lived and breathed the role of Rocky for a full week, Francesco Artusato [guitars] became as a slightly shorter Ivan Drago, Ryan Wombacher [bass] was the perfect fit for a modern day Mickey and I of course was a ‘way too Australian’ not quite as ripped version of Apollo Creed.

We entered the studio swinging wildly in all directions with our respective instruments and there was blood, sweat and many many tears, mainly of uncontrollable laughter. Hours later we emerged victorious and super slow motion high-fived each other in classic Rocky fashion as we listened back to the sweet metal sounds of a reformed Survivor classic. We hope you all enjoy it as much as we do.”

The song is one of three bonus tracks (along with I Am Alive” & “We Live“) included with select editions of the bands new album, which arrives this Friday, November 06th.


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