Guitarist Eric Calderone (aka Erock) is one of YouTube's most masterful shredders. The dude's skill is impressive on its own, but Calderone has made a name for himself by turning famous pieces of music into blistering metal epics.
From classic rock, pop and holiday music to anime, video game, TV and film re-imaginings, there's nothing Calderone can't turn into gold for his 'Meets Metal' series. In this list, we pick out some of his best clips for these 10 Awesome Eric Calderone 'Meets Metal' Videos.
Let's start off with one of the greatest rock songs ever written, Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Calderone rips through Brian May's classic guitar parts while transforming the vocal delivery of Freddie Mercury into instrumentation.
It makes sense that the most watched YouTube video of all time translates into Calderone's most successful video of his own. With nearly 6 million views, this video turns the 'Gangnam Style' phenomenon into a metal ripper.
Here's a fun one. The music from 'Super Mario' is probably the most recognizable ever attached to a video game. If you've ever wondered what 'Super Mario' would sound like with sweeping and ultra-technical solos, Erock has got your back.
'Call Me Maybe'Carly Rae Jepsen
Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe' is undoubtedly one of the most overplayed pop songs of the past few years, but believe it or not, Calderone has made the song listenable. Don't be embarrassed if you find yourself bopping your head to this one.
Calderone takes on another iconic score with this medley of 'Star Wars' music. This is absolute nerd heaven, both for 'Star Wars' fans and guitar enthusiasts. The shredder even throws in the famous 'Cantina' music from the bar where Han Solo blows the hell out of Greedo.
'Lux Aeterna'From 'Requiem for a Dream'
We have the phenomenal Clint Mansell and the Kronos Quartet to thank for 'Lux Aeterna,' the leitmotif to the 2000 film 'Requiem for a Dream,' but we also give thanks to Eric Calderone for his version. Calderone brings the tempo up on the morose theme, taking 'Lux Aeterna' from quartet strings to guitar strings.
We can't ignore this one. It's the metal version of the 'Power Rangers' theme! Childhood memories are sure to come flooding back while watching Calderone shred and tap his way through the ass-kicking theme.
'Never Gonna Give You Up'Rick Astley
We promise that if you click the 'play' button for this video, you won't become the victim of a Rick Roll. Instead, you'll see Mr. Calderone rock 'n' Rick Roll his way through Rick Astley's 'Never Gonna Give You Up.' No cheesy '80s dancing included.
This Erock cover is a flawless victory! Surely we've all taken part in marathon sessions of 'Mortal Kombat' against friends, but imagine how intense impaling your foe on a bed of spikes would be with this metal version of the classic video game theme. FIGHT!
'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites'Skrillex
You know what would make dubstep a lot more listenable? Metal! Calderone bases this re-imagining off the hugely popular Skrillex cut, 'Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites.' Besides Erock's shredding, his guitar interpretation of the song's "womp womp" sounds is truly interesting.
BONUS ENTRY! Exclusive Shred
We were lucky enough to partner up with Erock for an exclusive shred composed by the man himself. Check out Calderone's infectious hooks and sweet shredding in this video made just for Loudwire!