There is a certain charm to metal songs and the melodies that have become memorable from ages past. Covers are one way that bands pay homage to the tunes and the influential bands that have made them. The covers are an interesting exploration into how a melody sets a mood and paints our mood and life.
Steve 'N Seagulls are a country band from Finland and play bluegrass versions of popular metal/hard rock songs. They blew up in the scene with their cover of "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC that had a bunch views (25 million and counting) on Youtube.
Since then, they've garnered a steady following and an ardent fan base. The band is made up of Remmel on vocals, acoustic guitar, balalaika and mandolin; Herman on vocals, banjo and guitar; Hiltunen on accordion, kantele, mandolin, keys and flute; Pukki on double bass and vocals with Puikkonen on drums, percussion and vocals.
Their recent release 'Brothers in Farms' is warm and wonderful in every aspect. I was very surprised at how well the songs were handled and how innovative the approach was to deal with the melodies. These guys are very intelligent in how they incorporate even the most intense, heart-wrenching and mean sounding songs into the happiest, uplifting and inspiring tunes that will brighten up your day. They've played at concerts like Wacken Open Air and probably played at a street in near you and that's how awesome this band is.