Someone's brilliantly reimagined Limp Bizkit's Break Stuff as an emotional piano ballad - and it's officially Fred Durst-approved

Fred Durst and TikTokker Joe Syracuse
(Image credit: Getty / TikTok)

When you think of emotional ballads birthed from the world of heavy metal, we'd imagine Limp Bizkit wouldn't be the first band that immediately spring to mind. Their earnest cover of Behind Blue Eyes by The Who may be their third most-streamed song on Spotify (no, really!), but chances are, when it comes to Fred Durst and his merry nu metal chums, it's big, fat, silly, simple metal ragers that you're after, not delicate, piano-driven ditties. 

That all hasn't stopped talented musician and TikTok personality Joe Altier from attempting to give one of Limp Bizkit's most famous (and obnoxiously angry) songs an unlikely makeover, however. The singer and pianist has put his own spin on a variety of rock and metal classics in recent times, from Dio classic Holy Diver to Danzig anthem Mother. Now, he's truly outdone himself by taking on Break Stuff, stripping away Wes Borland's iconic riffs, John Otto's booming drums and Sam Rivers' groovy bass to replace them with a bit of piano tinkling and his own dulcet tones in place of Durst's unmistakable, yelping bars.

The strangest thing of all? It actually kinda works - so much so, in fact, that Fred Durst himself has commented on the video and shared it to his followers. Not bad, Joe! 

Watch the unusual cover yourself below and give Joe a follow on social media using @JustJoeSyracuse.

Limp Bizkit recently confirmed their long awaited rescheduled European tour dates having cancelled them in 2022 due to Durst's health issues. They'll now hit mainland Europe and the UK this coming spring.

Merlin Alderslade
Executive Editor, Louder

Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.