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YouTube Phenom Blows Up Interpreting Metal Hits With Hilarious Clips

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Dave Marcovecchio doesn't care much for Avenged Sevenfold, and he's not all that jazzed about As I Lay Dying, Slipknot, From First to Last or Bullet for My Valentine, for that matter.

But the band Marcovecchio loves to hate more than any other is Florida metalcore outfit Trivium. And it's his Trivium odium that's helped the 18-year-old Brit become a YouTube phenomenon.

When Marcovecchio isn't in class studying music technology or working with his own band, Wargazm, the metalhead can usually be found at the nearest watering hole, rewriting the lyrics to songs by some of the bands he just can't stomach. When he's done, he turns to Windows Movie Maker and Photoshop to work on hilarious interpretive video creations that pair his made-up lyrics with images depicting them (like boats, coats and kids on bicycles).

"Me and my friend Ryan, we'd go down to the pub, get a bit wasted, and then come back and look up funny stuff on YouTube. There are lots of interpretations on there and we always found them funny," Marcovecchio explained. "But there were lots of ones that sucked, and they're all about emo songs. So we thought, 'We'll do one — a metal one — and show them how it's done.' "

The first song to get the Marcovecchio treatment was melodic death-metal outfit Kalmah's "Man of the King." Marcovecchio is a Kalmah fan, so the video was an homage to the band more than anything else. But it dawned on Marcovecchio that frontman Pekka Kokko's garbled growls were difficult to make out without a lyrics sheet. So Marcovecchio just wrote down what he heard.

"It was fun to do, and it got reasonably successful," he recalled. "So I made the Trivium one, and I didn't quite know what [image] to put over one bit of the song, so I said, 'Ah, these guys suck.' And more than 400,000 views later, here I am. It's sort of weird."

Marcovecchio's interpretation of Trivium's "Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr" has been viewed nearly half a million times, and has become the third-most-watched Trivium video on all of YouTube. In fact, if you type the band's name into the site's search engine, the first result is "Interpretation of Trivium" — Marcovecchio's clip. (Click here to watch Paranoidave's Trivium spoof.)

But while some people are impressed and amused by his work, Marcovecchio has also received death threats. "It's hilarious," he said. "They usually fall into one of three categories: There's the 'I agree with Paranoidave, this is fantastic,' or, 'I'm a Trivium fan, but I like this anyway' or 'I'm a Trivium fan, and I'm going to f---ing kill you.'

"Allegedly, the band are big fans of it," he continued. "There's even a picture of all four of them holding signs that say 'Boat,' 'Rudder,' 'Strange' and 'Mountain' " — the lyrics Marcovecchio created for the song. "I have no idea what some of these bands are saying. To this day, I have no clue what the lyrics for From First to Last's 'Ride the Wings of Pestilence' are, and I don't want to know."

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1. metalmayhem writes:

i think that this dude is awesome.....if youre listening dude, youre awesome.......seriously, any band (even a7x and trivium who i cant stand) that "makes it" doesnt deserve to be mocked but wargasm is f***in hilarious. his trivium lyrics are so funny i almost sh** myself when i heard them. and last but not least, b/c ive been on a bar crawl tonight im gonna just tell y'all trivium fans what you need to do. listen to CAPHARNAUM...yes, that is matthew k. heafy on vox and rhythm guitar and soon to be legendary producer jason sucof on lead guitar. f*** trivium, listen to capharnaum!!!!!!!!!!! tech death in the vein of neuraxis, plus heafy's not doing a hetfield impression.

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2. mimic25 writes:

hha these have been around for aaaages =] they are hilarious \m/

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 9:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. MetalRizzle writes:

if you can find the Darkthrone - Under A Funeral Moon Interpretation. Its f***ing hilarious

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 11:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. MetalRizzle writes:

oh and Trivium sucks

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 11:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BoltThrower writes:

As soon as I read fawning over some youtube star I tend to shut it down. I don't know what this is about and I hope nobody tries to enlighten me.

# Feb 19, 2007 @ 10:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. me agen writes:

it will just be a matter of time before my friends (godlike, diamond oz, LM77, archenemy,etc.) from a previos A7X thread are here slating them by the way. just thought id warn all the fans that will be on here

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 8:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. me agen writes:

oh and i didnt mention ZT, im sorry many apologies if you arrive

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 8:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. me agen writes:

dont worry moderators i wont be here for long, il just leave this comment up for all of them to read..."find a trivium one, il be on one of them, because i dont like them anymore"

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 8:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. me agen writes:

oh, this is a trivium one aswell...i see, because i clicked on A7X and this was a new one! ah i get it

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 8:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. godlike writes:

hello all.. yes it is I..godlike..!!

To all my compadres: I shall soon be re-entering the workforce again...my winter layoff is about over and I will not have entire days to spend on the net... I shall miss you all dearly...!!
Dont fret though, my fellow metalheads, I will still drop by and share my mighty words or wit and wisdom now and then..

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. me agen writes:

woohoo godlikes here, i wonder if the others will find us
trivium suck

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 9:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Alex.... writes:

Trivium doesnt suck but thats my opinion and A7X really sucks ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 9:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. godlike writes:

high..!!!

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. a7x_harlot05 writes:

Its really sad that you cant appriciate the amazing talents of A7X. They have proven they can do just about anything & do it very well. If it makes you feel better to mock those who are definatly better that you then that makes you a person who needs to find your true self instead of trying to make friends with insults & mockery. Didnt your mother ever tell you "If you cant say anything nice then dont say anything at all?"

# Feb 20, 2007 @ 11:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. the antihippy writes:

in my opinion the best parody video is cannibal corpse's addicted to vaginal skin.

# Feb 21, 2007 @ 5:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. me agen writes:

hey i like A7X, but i have made some great mates on this site recently basically because i like their taste of music elsewere. You dont have to like A7X to have a good taste in music.

# Feb 21, 2007 @ 6:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. TOURNIQUETFAN!!! writes:

Man, these things ae what make Youtube the best site on the internet. The Cannibl Corpse ones are hilarious also. My favorite one is the Zao interpretaion. Me and my friend are making one for Scar Symmetry and Cradle of Filth. I just hope people continue to make more of these!!!!

# Feb 21, 2007 @ 1:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. RememberMetal? writes:

I think Trivium are better for exposing kids to metal then A7X or As I Lay Dying, but it's just a taste thing.

The videos are hyrsterical I woke the little lady from her 3rd shift working coma I was laughing so hard. Classic.

# Feb 21, 2007 @ 2:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. godlike writes:

Hey, where is everyone ..??

# Feb 24, 2007 @ 9:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. me agen writes:

im here waiting for a response

# Feb 25, 2007 @ 10:16 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. SKL writes:

A7X are gay, bt trivium rule........!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 9:20 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. godlike writes:

Hey all....whats happenin..?? Its too snowy to go to work today..!!!

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 10:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. me agen writes:

hey godlike, it sure is quiet in here.... you aint been on msn in a while

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 6:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. godlike writes:

No man, I aint been doing much of anything....after I drive 50km and then work for 12 hours and then drive back home...I am shot..!!! shower, eat and sleep...!!! I get up at 4am....so I dont even get a normal night of sleep..!!

Oh yeah...these bands suck..!

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 8:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Alex.... writes:

Dissing them even more wont do anything, like they give a f*ck anyway?
rofl, A7X still gay same with From First To Last :D

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 10:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Shmotz101 writes:

hey this Marcovecchio dude hates all the bands i hate, this dude is awesome, fukk slipknot and fukk a7x

# Feb 26, 2007 @ 11:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. me agen writes:

lol oh i see why you aint been on now! haha, well i used to like trivium! but now they are trying to be too much like metallica and it isnt working, Matt should have kept his screaming voice, he shouldnt have tried to sound like James Hetfield (legend)

# Feb 27, 2007 @ 3:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Danny Wright writes:

They are not trying to be like metallica. They are playing the music they know how to play. We give them sh** but you try to create music, its f***in hard. The Crusade sounds so much better then Ascendency and ember to inferno. Also Metallica is what influenced them to play and MEtallica likes there music so quit ginin them sh**.

# Mar 4, 2007 @ 7:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. metalgrrl writes:

A7X sucks c*** their music is f***in gay cannibal corpse is so much cooler than them they f***in rock f*** A7X!!!!!!!!!!

# Mar 6, 2007 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Alex.... writes:

You idiots dissing Trivium, everytime you do it , it gives them publicity and the more popular they get :D but all those other guys suck :D

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Alex..... writes:

So Blah Blah Blah O_o As I Lay Dying rocks to :D

# Mar 13, 2007 @ 1:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. LiquidMetal77 writes:

hey me agen, its me again!! havent seen ya for awhile.

# Mar 14, 2007 @ 4:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. AK47 writes:

f**k all you guys making fun of TRIVIUM because they are the next metallica so go to hell...they tear people apart on their guitars and they eat babys with their amazing lyrics...A7X sux balls though i will give you that but come on trivium actually has talent so F**K OFF!

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34. me agen writes:

oh waw! its LM77, have you seen the other guys around?

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