Hear Weezer's Glorious Cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid" | Revolver

Hear Weezer's Glorious Cover of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid"

California rock veterans surprise-release album of covers, featuring supremely fun take on metal classic

Throughout their career, Weezer has racked up an diverse stable of covers, ranging from "Teenage Dirtbag," by their band-name cousins Wheatus, to the internet-meme–turned-reality take on Toto's "Africa." Now the band has surprised-released a whole slew of covers on the Teal Album, which sees the fun-loving alt-rock band giving their takes on songs by artists including Tears for Fears, Michael Jackson and TLC. But our favorite track on the record has to be the group's excellent rendition of Black Sabbath's "Paranoid." Weezer show off their love for heavy metal by not joking around when it comes to the guitar work, and Rivers Cuomo tags in guitarist Brian Bell to take on vocal duties. Crazy thing is, Bell could definitely pass for Ozzy Osbourne at certain parts in the song, his voice carrying the same drama and inflection as that of the Prince of Darkness. The rest of the band rips out massive solos and sounds like they're having an incredible time playing the hessian classic. If, in some bizarro alternate reality, Black Sabbath ever needed a new leader singer, Brian Bell could, no doubt, comfortably lead the band to continued greatness.