One of the best things to have come from Netflix’s The Witcher is surely “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher”. The infuriatingly catchy ballad made its debut in episode two of the popular show, and quickly went viral for one very important reason: It absolutely goddam slaps.
Jaskier the travelling bard writes the song as a tribute to Henry Cavill’s Geralt, the rugged monster hunter and “friend of humanity”. But what could have been a simple throwaway tune that we heard once and forgot about forever was swiftly hailed by some as the best song of 2019. A late entry, I grant you, but it checks out. Who among us can actually get it out of their heads? I know I can’t.
As is always the case when something goes blows up on the internet, hordes of talented individuals find ways to put their own mark on the content. So it is that “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” has inspired all kinds of unique performances and covers, including one particularly rousing performance from a Russian choir.
But as good as the Omsk Philharmonic’s version of the song is (and it is really bloody good) it pales in comparison to this incredible metal cover from Leo Moracchioli. Moracchioli runs Frog Leap Studios in Norway, and his riff-tastic take on “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” includes a solo, breakdowns, and an outstanding vocal performance. It has to be heard to be believed, so go ahead and listen below.
A metal cover of Jaskier’s hit song was pretty much inevitable, when you think about it. I mean, there are metal covers for pretty much every single song in existence on YouTube. However, unlike most of the metal covers on YouTube, “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher” effortlessly lends itself to the genre. Or at least, Moracchioli makes it look and sound effortless. I can’t get over that chorus, man.
I can’t imagine this will be the last interesting take on the song we hear. Hell, just taking a look through YouTube now I can see at least five more “metal” covers, although I’m still of the opinion Moracchioli’s is the best one. Here’s hoping the internet goes even further and comes out with versions of the song rooted in funk, soul, grunge, and other unexpected genres. I’m sure a dubstep mix is just around the corner.