IDLES are the latest in a stunning lineup of artists to contribute to the upcoming Metallica covers album The Metallica Blacklist. The album is a 52-track compilation of covers featuring the likes of Pheobe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Biffy Clyro, Mac DeMarco, Weezer, Rina Sawayama and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor.
With their cover of ‘The God That Failed’, the English post-punkers are the first act to tackle that specific song. All the tracks on The Metallica Blacklist, are taken from Metallica’s 1991 self-titled record, The Black Album, which is perhaps their most beloved release and is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. IDLES produced the cover themselves, utilising the studio expertise of their lead guitarist Mark Bowen.
‘The God That Failed’ is just one of five singles that Idles have released in 2021, three of which have been covers They’ve previously released versions of Sharon Van Etten‘s ‘Peace Signs’ and Gang of Four’s ‘Damaged Goods’.
Both tracks, as is the case with ‘The God That Failed’ are contributions to compilation albums. Van Etten recruited ten artists she admired to cover the songs from her 2010 debut album Epic, whilst the remaining members of Gang of Four joined forced with notable artists to produce a tribute album in honour of the late Andy Gill.
But IDLES have also released some new original material as well, having recently shared their previously unreleased song ‘Sodium’. The track forms part of the soundtrack album, DC Comic Dark Nights: Death Metal. In addition, the post-punk outfit has also collaborated with rapper Slowthai to remix their track ‘Model Village’. The track features vocals and a new verse from the award-winning rapper, whose 2020 album Nothing Great About Britain stormed the charts and won him the coveted Mercury Prize.
‘The God That Failed’ is available to stream now. You can listen to it below.