Firstborne have paid tribute to Journey with a cover of the rock icons’ song “Separate Ways.”
The metal group depart from Journey’s 1983 arena rock original by putting their heavy guitar sound into the spotlight alongside the song’s famed synth melody. Across the track, Firstborne vocalist Girish Pradhan channels the operatic vocal style of Journey singer Steve Perry, while drummer Chris Adler (who left Lamb of God last year) dutifully delivers a pummeling drumbeat.
“It’s hard to not appreciate Journey,” Adler said in a statement. “As a musician I’ve always greatly appreciated their individual talents that combined into something so contagious. I’ve always wanted to cover a Journey song and always thought of ‘Separate Ways’ as their ‘heaviest.’ The problem was always the same: no one can sing it. When I met and performed with Girish across India, I knew I’d met one of very few people in the world that could take this on and make it his own. That’s the goal of the group. We can do anything—let’s have fun and share.”
Firstborne’s cover of “Separate Ways” follows the release of their debut self-titled EP in June. The five-track release introduced the metal world to the new supergroup comprising Adler, Pradhan, ex-Megadeth member James LoMenzo on bass and guitarist Myrone.
Listen to Firstborne’s “Separate Ways” cover here: