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“It sounds like a Nickelback song”: This AI James Hetfield cover of Seal’s Kiss From A Rose is both ridiculous and impressive

The wonders of AI has brought us this cover of Metallica frontman “James Hetfield” singing Seal’s Kiss From A Rose



Someone has created an AI James Hetfield cover of Seal‘s Kiss From A Rose. No, really.

Posted by YouTube channel AI Playgrounds, the 1994 R&B classic sounds like a whole new song, and it has us both enthralled and horrified over the strange powers of AI.

Within the cover, instead of the honey-soft smoothness of Seal’s croon, we’re left with something which sounds as scratchy as someone having swallowed down chunks of sandpaper. When you get past the forcefulness of “Hetfield’s” voice, however, it turns into something actually quite beautiful. It’s also really rather amusing, especially when he unexpectedly dips into falsetto. 

It makes us wonder how accurate it would be to a real Seal cover by the Metallica frontman, although we imagine the chances of that happening are somewhat slim.

One viewer underneath the video writes: “The answer to the question no one’s ever asked: what does Papa Het sing in the shower?”. While another jokes: “You’ve turned this into a Nickelback song”.

Featured on Seal’s self-titled second album, Kiss From A Rose found its place in our hearts after its appearance on the Batman Forever film soundtrack in 1995, and we’ve not looked back since – especially when we find ourselves doing karaoke after one too many pints.

Previously, we’ve seen an AI cover of The Beatles’ Yesterday, sung from beyond the grave by “Freddie Mercury”, and a rendition of Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt in the style of Johnny Cash sung by an AI Lana Del Rey. 

Check out the AI cover below: