Last year Italy's very own Arthemis recorded an EP of Metal covers of pop songs. Aptly titled 'Pop Up Your Ass' it was released exclusively via Metal Hammer, under the moniker Farthemis.
It's entertaining to listen to and in these heady days of parody Metal it fits in well with the likes of Steel Panther and Evil Scarecrow, for something that's just plain and simply good fun.
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So when I heard they were playing live as Farthemis for the first (and last) time at this year's Dean Guitars DOA, I had to go and see what it would be like to watch Andrea, Fabio, Damiano and Corrado don their best dresses and glam it up for the night.
The crowd had been warmed up by an impressive set from 101% Pantera and when the boys hit the stage dressed as women there were a few quizzical looks in the room. In fact some jaws dropped as Damiano appeared, as it seems he can pull off the hair-in-bunches look better than most girls.
They kicked off the show with a brutalised version of Rihanna's 'Please Don't Stop The Music' and you could see people didn't know what was going on. But they soon got into it and it was extremely entertaining to watch the crowd moshing along to the rest of the set, which included covers of Madonna, Britney Spears, Destiny's Child and Michael Jackson. In fact, I was quite disturbed to hear most of them singing the lyrics to Lady Gaga's 'Paparazzi'.
It was light-hearted and very amusing and well worth the trek up to Walthamstow to witness it. According to their manager it was a one-off show which will never be seen again. They finished up the set with one of their own tracks 'Scars On Scars' which made the non-believers happy, but I for one am glad to have witnessed the start and end of Farthemis' live career.
If you want to hear the pasta army's 'Pop Up Your Ass' EP, you can download it for free from their website by clicking here
Don't Stop The Music
Scars on Scars