To be honest, I don’t really like what Brazilian Power/Sympho Metal band Angra have done with Wuthering Heights”:
It’s technically all very well and the singer does a decent job, but to do the job, he has to use a rather unattractive falsetto register. What’s worse is that it doesn’t add anything to the original. There’s faithful covers, and there’s slavish covers, and this, to me, falls in the latter category.
It is noteworthy, though, for being from the 1990s. The way I remember it, very few Kate Bush covers were produced before the year 2000. There was Pat Benatar’s version of “Wuthering Heights” from 1980, China Drum’s version of the same song from 1996, and this. I’m sure more covers from before 2000 will show up, and in any case I haven’t checked the dates on many of the previous 18 entries all that thoroughly, but one of the reasons I wanted to do this series was because it seemed to me that the musical landscape had changed since the turn of the century, so that Kate Bush was transformed from an influential artist that few dared to tackle directly, to one who was… I don’t know. Perhaps she is now slightly less revered. Or perhaps more people are realising that it’s her writing, not her voice, that gives her her staying power. The voice either draws people in or repells them, but it’s the songs that create the lasting impression.
Anyway, back to this. I think in theory, the idea of a metal cover of a Kate Bush song, especially an early one, could work, and if anyone can recommend a good one to me, I’d very much like to hear it. Like Within Temptation’s cover of ‘Running Up That Hill’, this version just doesn’t do it for me, though