331Erock is the name of a youtube guitarist with fantastic fingering skills. In addition to just over one million subscribers, this musician has collected more than 136 million views. That’s impressive. And then you listen to his music and it becomes even more impressive.
Behind the youtube channel, is Eric Calderone, a metal guitarist. He describes himself as a “Tattoo gettin’ comic book readin’ guitar strummin’ point and clickin’ tv watchin’ movie buffin’ wifey lovin’ average guy.”
Most of his music contains metal guitar covers of anything you could want. With the titles “… Meets Metal”, he combines nostalgia, film, fantasy, and video games with the metal genre. The majority of his covers are metal covers of gaming soundtracks. these gaming soundtracks like Castlevania, Silent Hill, Battlefield, Duke Nukem, God Of Way, Assasins Creed, Undertale, Super Mario Bro, Overwatch, and Halo. This list is full of amazing nostalgic content perfect for any kind of nerd there is. Each of these music videos takes anywhere between 35 to 40 hours each week.
One of his fantastic playlists is “Memes Meet Metal”. It’s exactly what you think it is. Metal covers of meme music. This playlist includes The Trololol Song, Careless Whisper, The Nyan Cat Theme And Never Gonna Give You Up (everybody loves a good rickroll eh?).
Collaborating with other fantastic artists such as Jonathan young in a “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” Cover.
Fun Fact: Let’s not forget that he’s a metal musician with an impressive background. Calderone received the 2013 “‘Dimebag Darrell Shredder’ Award” at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards.
Calderone told Live Wire in an interview that it wasn’t his first video, Pirates of the Caribbean, that got him started as a youtube musician. instead, it was his cover of lady gaga’s “bad romance” – his 12th video.
“And then my brother mentioned, “Hey man, this chick Lady Gaga is kind of big right now. Maybe give her a listen? Maybe you can do one of her songs.” I was like, “Yeah. okay,” Calderone explains.
Before his cover of Lady Gaga, he would get excited about the 80 subscribers. After he uploaded the video, his views were beyond triple digits.
“I woke up the next morning and my inbox, it was something stupid, like 1100 messages in it. I was like, “What the hell?” I went through the inbox and it was all the YouTube stuff. I was like, “What’s going on with this?” I went on and it had 125,000 views and I was like, “Oh my god! This is awesome!” That’s kind of the one that started it,” he continues.
The youtube channel provides a range of songs with a metal twist thanks to Calderone’s guitar strumming. Check them out!