In our Question of the Week post about tribute bands, Trivium's Matt Heafy described a solo piano version of "Shogun" he saw on YouTube that caused him to hear the song in a whole different way. Naturally, that sent us off to YouTube ourselves, and while we didn't come up with that clip, we did unearth this interpretation of Machine Head's "Aesthetics of Hate" that we feel compelled to share with you.


The pianist in question, one Martin Tang, is clearly a serious metal fan (check out that ink), but he's also got piano technique to burn. He says in the comments that he tuned the song upward very slightly in order to adapt it to the keyboard, but it's still got a lot of heaviness and power. Watch and enjoy.


The original version of "Aesthetics of Hate," of course, comes from Machine Head's The Blackening, which is available now in the Roadrunner webstore.