Blood, the album that this is taken from, contains plenty of tracks that could be put out as singles. But Covered In Blood is the obvious first step. Lead singles have a specific job to do. They are teasers and tasters, they dip their toes in the musical waters, they reel people in, and they must be immediate, accessible, engaging and able to stand on their own two feet. Covered In Blood is all that and more.
With one cowboy boot on the monitor and the other biker boot fixed firmly on the floor, it wanders between cool country licks and growling rock and roll grooves, it is big and clever, anthemic and unavoidable.
If ever a song said to an audience, you need to not only listen to me but the album that will be heading along shortly, this is it.