If you heard about the new Metal Disney album, you may have thought it was just an April Fools’ Day joke.
The latest album from Disney features heavy metal mash-ups of classic Disney favorites. Prepare to hear the Mickey Mouse Club song as you’ve never heard it before.
The musicians behind the album are all well-known heavy metal stars. Two come from heavy metal band Obsession: Mike Vescera on vocals and John Bruno on guitar. Rudy Sarzo, who’s played bass for Ozzy Osbourne, continues the line-up. And BJ Zampa, of Dokken, plays drums. Altogether, the “D-Metal Stars” have a pretty good thing going.
Called “Metal Disney,” the album released in Japan last year, where it quickly became a hit. The release climbed the charts steadily, finally ranking at number three in the Amazon rock and metal charts, and two in the kids music charts. Based on its success, the producers decided to give it a go in the U.S., where it just released on March 31.
So what can you expect to hear on Metal Disney?
The track list includes time-honored classics like “A Whole New World,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Under the Sea.” There’s also a medley of songs like “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah,” and, believe it or not, “Winnie the Pooh”.
The line-up also includes a newer song from the movie Tangled, and iconic Disney songs like “It’s A Small World,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and of course the “Mickey Mouse March” from the classic TV show.
But these aren’t just boring remakes of the Disney songs you grew up on. They’re highly original covers with a heavy metal twist.
Mike Vescera described his process for creating these covers as a combination of experimentation and improvisation. “I basically sat in the studio and tried a million different options,” he told Rolling Stone. “You think, ‘Aw, it’s a kid’s song. But when you get into how they wrote these things, they’re quite incredible and really well written and so it’s just figuring out what exactly is going on and then taking it piece by piece.”