Whatever your genre of choice, there is no denying the scope of influence Michael Jackson had over the course of his career. Even esteemed metal musicians carry a torch for the late King of Pop, and now there will be an audio record of it via the album, Thriller – A Metal Tribute to Michael Jackson, coming out just in time for Halloween, October 22, on Cleopatra.
We’re predicting the covers of “Black or White” by Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, Bruce Kulick formerly of KISS and Troy Franklin of The Firm, as well as “Billie Jean” by Corey Glover of Living Colour and Phil Campbell of Motorhead, will be epic.
Hopefully, video remakes are also in the works. Even though we’re not sure that the “Thriller” video can be produced any better, it might make our Halloween to see Chuck Billy of Testament jamming amongst the living dead in honor of Jackson.
The full tracklisting, according to Amazon, includes:
1. “Thriller” – Chuck Billy of Testament
2. “Man in the Mirror” – Danny Worsnop of Asking Alexandria and Billy Sheehan of Mr. Big
3. “The Way You Make Me Feel” – Angelo Moore of Fishbone, Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake, and Rudy Sarzo of Queensryche
4. “Black or White” – Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, Bruce Kulick (ex-KISS), and Troy Franklin of The Firm
5. “Beat It” – Priya Panda of Diemonds and Ron Bumblefoot Thal of Guns N’ Roses
6. “Billie Jean” – Corey Glover of Living Colour and Phil Campbell of Motorhead.
7. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” – Elias Soriano of Nonpoint
8. “Rock with You” – Doug Pinnick of King’s X
9. “Dirty Diana” – Chris Jericho of Fozzy
10. “Bad” – Paul Di’Anno (ex-Iron Maiden) and Craig Goldy of Dio
11. “They Don’t Care about Us” – Icarus Witch
12. Never Can Say Goodbye – Lonnie Jordan of WAR
13. “Smooth Criminal” – Alien Ant Farm (re-release)