The thunder just rolled back in. Though nothing will top Garth Brooks‘ version “The Thunder Rolls,” you have to appreciate a good cover.
And All That Remains’ reimagining of the country hit rocks it– both literally and figuratively.
The Thunder Rolls On
When Garth Brooks released his 1991 single about a cheating husband, it exploded onto the country music scene. It was the 4th single from his No Fences album, and his sixth No. 1h hit.
Interestingly, the song was actually a cover for Brooks. It was originally recorded by Tanya Tucker, though she didn’t release her version as a single (and released it four years after Brooks’ version).
The song is about a woman who realizes her husband is cheating, with the thunder symbolizing her brewing anger and her brewing revenge. Other rock bands have covered the hit, but none of them have become wildly popular.
But All That Remains recently gave the classic song new life. Though country fans might be skeptical of a heavy metal band producing a quality recording of the song, their version is actually really good. And it has only a bar or two that sounds like anything heavy metal. It’s just cool modern version of the song with an equally interesting video. You can see the video below.
And the storm goes on…
All That Remains was cognizant that they needed to walk the thin line of paying homage to Brooks and producing something new. Not an easy needle to thread, but they managed it.
In an interview with Billboard, they explained their thoughts behind the video. “We didn’t want to seem like we’re trying to step on the toes of the original (video) but at the same time we weren’t trying to change the message of the song,” frontman Phil Labonte said. “I felt like something less specific would work best.”
The video alternates between the band performing in the studio and sepia-toned video of thunder and lightning, horses, and a woman who is burning a picture of a man with a candle. It’s simple but effective.
Interestingly, the band omitted the controversial third verse in which the woman kills her husband. That verse was also omitted in Brooks‘ No Fences album, but after several years of including it in concerts, he put the extended version of the track on his Double Live album.
So is this new version a worthy cover of the classic? Give your vote in the comments.