Can you imagine a metal version of 'Amazing Grace'?
If you like metal singers taking on non-metal or rock songs and are unfamiliar with Dan Vasc, it’s time to get acquainted.
Born Daniel Vasconcelos in 1989, the Brazilian singer has found a platform and millions of fans thanks to his YouTube channel filled with excellent “metal singer sings” just about any song you can name.
His most popular video is his take on Toss Your Coin To Your Witcher, a metal-charged cover of the song originally sung by the character Jaskier in the Netflix series, The Witcher. To date, it has over 27 million views. However, a cover he shared in April is gaining incredible popularity on YouTube, with up to over six million views at the time of writing.
Can you imagine a metal version of Amazing Grace? If not, that’s good – you don’t need to. You’re not about to hear a cover with guttural screams or blast beats, although that would be cool, too.
Vasc covers Amazing Grace in a similar fashion to Disturbed’s rendition of The Sound Of Silence, offering his full-bodied, rich baritone vocal and only stretching to chest voice when it’s called for. He stays true to the Christian hymn Judy Collins covered and subsequently charted in 1970.
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You know that a singer like Vasc is doing a great job when he receives comments like this:
“I am not religious, nor do I like heavy metal music, but this sent shivers down my spine!!! What a voice!!! Could listen to this all day!” and “I am 77, and this is one of the most beautiful renditions of this song I have ever heard. God is truly in his heart”.
You can watch Vasc’s cover of Amazing Grace below.
Ten years after deciding to take music seriously, Vasc was burnt out after his band, Fearless, had received opportunities but struggled in record label negotiations in 2017.
He turned to YouTube, grew his channel and subscriber base, and became a “#1 Amazon charting metal singer, composer, YouTuber and business owner who likes to talk about himself in the third person.”
Earlier this year, SMA News writer Helen Baldwin wrote that Vasc had provided her with a form of “vicarious release” in an article about the therapeutic power of music. It’s fair to say that Baldwin is a metal fan now.