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WATCH: Young Kids Deliver Brutal Cover Of Slipknot's 'The Heretic Anthem'

17 December 2022 | 11:37 am | Mary Varvaris
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You know you want to sing along: "If you're 555, then I'm 666"!

(Source: YouTube)

This is the band: 10-year-old vocalist Zoë Franziska; lead guitarist Xander Markewich, aged 12; 17-year-old rhythm guitarist Conner Meintel, fellow 17-year-old drummer Evan Harris; and bassist Calli Dressen

They are joined by Phil Aselage (aged 7) and Parker Stone (aged 8) slamming beer kegs with baseball bats, Brady Vandercook (aged 10) smashing the OMF Garbage Can of Doom, 11-year-old Brianna Montante on Chainsaw & Chimes and 11-year-old Isabella Owens on the OMF Wheelbarrow of Wonder. 4-year-old Laura McCarty introduces the group.

These kids are incredibly talented and have taken on one of the best-known nu-metal songs in Slipknot's The Heretic Anthem. The results are stunning - Harris plays melodically, but of course, when it's Slipknot, he plays heavy as hell. Markewich, of the band Alaska, wrote his own guitar solo for this version. Of course, Franziska steals the show with her ferocious vocals, showing that even kids as young as ten can front metal bands.

When she was eight years old, she covered Korn's classic, Freak On A Leash, with her little voice accompanied by down-tuned guitars and rollicking drums.

The videos come from the O'Keefe Music Foundation, which is an American non-profit organisation providing outstanding music education to any child globally for free. Since 2006, OMF has assisted over 1000 students in making countless music videos and received more than 100 million combined YouTube views. Learn more about the OMF here.

Knotfest Australia is happening for the first time in March 2023 and features the world's current biggest metal bands. Slipknot will be joined by Parkway Drive, Megadeth, Trivium, Northlane, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Knocked Loose, Spiritbox, Story Of The Year, Alphawolf, Void Of Vision, Bad Omens and Malevolence. The Melbourne leg of the festival is dangerously close to selling out, with the final 250 tickets on sale now. 

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Slipknot created Knotfest in 2012. From the original event in Iowa - where else? - the festival quickly expanded to Japan in 2014. Knotfest has also stopped in Canada, Germany, Mexico, Colombia and France. 

The event is lovingly curated as an immersive, unforgettable, ‘dark carnival experience’ that invites you into Slipknot’s apocalyptic underworld where stunning visuals, fire breathers and nightmarish creatures on stilts set the stage for an intoxicating and memorable weekend of live music. 

Stay up to date on all details Knotfest here.