Legendary heavy metal band Metallica has not only influenced metal and rock bands for nearly 40 years, they have gained the respect from musicians across the spectrum of genres and generations.
This includes one of their most iconic releases, The Black Album, featuring some the band’s biggest, baddest and most epic heavy metal hits.
A special celebration of this album, The Metallica Blacklist, arrives on digital and streaming services in September, and the artists participating do run the spectrum indeed.
The album will feature 53 music artists ranging from YoYo Ma to Ghost, performing one of the album’s 12 tracks, and, yes, that means there will several versions of each track offered to fit the listeners’ taste.
As a charity minded band, the album will donate all profits to charity, including Metallica’s own All Within My Hands charity, supporting educational causes, the fight against hunger and more. They also let each participating artist choose a charity of their own choice to help support through the album.
Even without it going to a good cause, this record would well be worth it for at least a few of its epic cover tracks, including alternative rockers Weezer, with their straightforward cover of “Enter Sandman.”
Other “Enter Sandman” tracks are by Alessia Cara & The Warning, Juanes, Ghost, Rina Sawayama and Mac Demarco.
Several country and folk leaning artists are represented, such as Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit with this trippy version of “Sad But True.”
“Sad But True” also gets some personalized treatment from White Reaper, YB, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, St. Vincent, and the Mexican Institute of Sound featuring La Perla and Gera Mx.
The covers also show bands from all over the world from The HU to Rodrigo Y Gabriella. Here’s Danish rockers Volbeat with “Don’t Tread On Me.”
Volbeat is only one of three artists covering this song along with versions by Portugal, The Man (featuring Aaron Beam), and Sebastian, who also does a mashup cover of the tune “Don’t Tread on Else Matters.”
Latin pop duo Ha’Ash also does a beautiful bilingual version of “The Unforgiven,” a song also only covered by a couple of others including José Madero and Moses Sumney.
“Nothing Else Matters,” on the other hand, has no fewer than ten artists covering it, including Darius Rucker, Chris Stapleton, My Morning Jacket, PJ Roxette, Igor Levit, Mon LaFerte, Mickey Guyton, Phoebe Bridgers, Dermot Kennedy, Tresor and Dave Gahan.
Although I am personally looking forward to hearing the versions by Darius Rucker and Dave Gahan, the version circulating featuring a handful of famous singers such as Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Yo-yo Ma, WATT, Robert Truillo and Chad Smith already has more than 3.5 millions views.
Want to hear more? Check out the album’s official trailer with a very quick listen to all the artists involved.
The Metallica Blacklist will be available on streaming services Sep.10, and on vinyl and in CD form Oct. 1.