Cover Vs. Original: Avenged Sevenfold covers “Retrovertigo” by Mr. Bungle!!

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I am fascinated by Avenged Sevenfold’s latest concept: a series of covers that has been described as an “enhancement” to their 2016 album The Stage.  According to lead vocalist M. Shadows via an interview with Sirius Octane’s Jose Mangin, the plan is to release these covers “every three to four weeks” and to only have them available through streaming services (Spotify, Youtube, etc.) and satellite radio.  At this time, Shadows states there is no plan to re-release an extended version of The Stage.  When asked to give some clues as to what may be covered and released, Shadows responded, “Man, I don’t even want to do that.  There’s no way people will guess what these are, so I don’t even want to give clues.”  

The latest release (the second in this planned series) definitely fits that bill:  “Retrovertigo” by the band Mr. Bungle.  The original song appears on Mr. Bungle’s 1999 album California.  Here is the original followed by Avenged Sevenfold’s cover released just last Friday, June 30, 2017.  Did A7X do the original justice?  Let us know what you think!












  1. Firstly, as you can tell from my name I’m a little biased! The A7X cover was really an attempt of a copy with very little of their own interpretation of it.

    Part of the problem I have with the cover is that the original makes much of it’s musical statement by being quiet and then contrasting that with big build ups and louder sections – much of this dynamic is lost with the cover.

    • Patton Fanatic,
      Thanks for your input! I think it would be next to impossible to duplicate Mike Patton, he’s one of the most dynamic vocalists in rock history. He’s an artist that requires so many layers to unpack in order to begin to understand him as an artist! I don’t speak for my writer Fernetti, but I would agree with you. With no disrespect to Avenged Sevenfold, Faith No More and Mr. Bungle material cannot be duplicated, and I’m not being biased here as I am also an Avenged Sevenfold fan. Keep checking us out and tell a friend about us!

    • I will admit that before doing some research for this brief article, I wasn’t very familiar with Mr. Bungle so I had no idea what to expect. More copy than cover? I’ll buy that, but still liked the sound of it. Thanks for taking the time to reply and please so so in the future!

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