Metallica’s The Unforgiven remade as a Type O Negative song is a goth-metal masterpiece

Denis Pauna
(Image credit: Denis Pauna / YouTube)

YouTuber Denis Pauna is some kind of modern day wizard, a sonic alchemist with a gift for producing pure gold from base metals. Last month Mr Pauna wowed the internet by transposing Metallica‘s Master Of Puppets into the key of Type O Negative to produce pure doom magic, and he’s only gone and done it again, this time re-imagining Metallica’s superb ‘Black Album’-era classic The Unforgiven if it were deconstructed by the late and much-missed Peter Steele’s New York goth-metal grumps. All the drama and dynamics of the original, with added sheen of morbidity and gloom… delightful.

Anyone who misses Type O’s wicked way with a  cover version, from their bleak take on Neil Young’s Cinnamon Girl to their beautifully downbeat version of The Isley Brothers’ Summer Breeze… will find much to love here.

Mr Pauna, we salute you from the bottom of our bloodless black hearts.

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.