I'm a simple man, if I see a Metalcore cover of a Linkin Park track... I dive in head first.
I've missed our Awesome Covers series, and I know more than a handful of you have also because you've told us, well I have a treat for you guys today. Last week a band that I've been following on social media for ages but hadn't featured yet, Moment of Madness, gave us the heads up that they were dropping a Metalcore version of the Linkin Park classic 'In The End', and the rest of that week was one of the longest times in my life.
Moment of Madness are a Swiss based Metalcore band that formed back in November of 2015, and consist of Andrea Perin (Vocals), Ivo Gäumann (Guitar, Vocals), Stefan Wittwer (Drums) and Jonas Brandenberger (Guitar). They dropped their debut album Clouds back in 2019 and then began working on a follow up... who knows, maybe this will feature on the new release.
Some covers take some serious balls to pull off, because the original is so well loved that fans might hate the new one right off the bat and refuse to listen to it. Fortunately that has not been the case for Moment of Madness, they've proven to have balls of steel, by making a brilliant Metalcore take of 'In The End', from the opening notes, all the way through to the fading finish, there is never a moment of doubt.
The Swiss boys have tackled the dual vocals of 'In The End' by having the bulk of them growled by Andrea, while Ivo provides the cleans and it works amazingly well, I've know some bands that have their singer do both roles of a Linkin Park track and it just falls short, but here Moment of Madness have made the right choice.
Moment of Madness' version isn't better than Linkin Park's original, I don't think anyone could ever do that, but the Swiss boys have come damned close in my humble opinion. What I think helped them was the fact that they had fun while making this cover, you can see it in their faces in the video, but also the also the fact that they treated this song with respect, and in the end (sorry, not sorry) that does really matter.