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Look, we’ll be honest: We were a bit suspicious when an email landed in the Vanyaland inbox earlier today with a subject line of “Metalcore Cover Of Haddaway’s ‘What Is Love'”. The cover comes from California’s Firing All Cylinders, and welp, it’s pretty fucking good.
Keeping the familiar synth sample was a move as strong as the high-voltage riffage.
“‘What Is Love’ is my favorite pop song from the ’90s,” says Firing All Cylinders vocalist Rix Boker. “I just loved the groove and feel of the song and I always thought it would make a killer rock ballad. We started out just joking about the concept but Brandon and Jeremy from Wolfe Studios thought it was a good idea to pursue. A few recording sessions later we had something we’re completely stoked about.”