MEEK IS MURDER Streaming Cover Of METALLICA’s “Blackened”

New York chaotic hardcore outfit Meek is Murder have unleashed a cover of the Metallica classic, “Blackened”. The track was originally released in celebration of Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett’s birthday, November 17. In true Meek is Murder fashion, the track is a mere two minutes in length and hits all of the high points of the original. Stream it after the break.

Meek is Murder is currently writing their third full-length album.

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Revocation’s cover of Metallica’s …And Justice For All closer “Dyer’s Eve” has surfaced online for your streaming pleasure. The track appears as an exclusive vinyl bonus track on their upcoming self-titled album, due out on August 6th. After the break, listen as Revocation rip the hell out of this track and compare it to the original. Eat your heart out Metallica.

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Enforcing The Thrash: THIS IS HELL Streaming New Single

Hardcore band This Is Hell is preparing to release a new 7″ entitled The Enforcer. Along with the title track, this 7″ will also feature a cover of Metallica‘s classic “Whiplash!” You might think that This Is Hell (with their obvious thrash influence) might let some of that flow over their cover of “Whiplash.” Well, that’s not all it flows over…     Continue reading

Nothing Else Matters: Watch METALLICA’s Full Rock Am Ring Performance

I have constantly expressed my love of Slayer and Testament on this site but I haven’t really talked about Metallica, not in a positive light anyway. I do however have a soft spot for Metallica seeing as I was raised in the ’90s and I was constantly bombarded by their tunes. It wasn’t until much later that I got into the REAL Metallica. It was at that jumping point that I got into bands like Slayer, Megadeth and Testament, so I thank Metallica for that even though they haven’t made a relevant album since The Black Album.

I, unlike a lot of people, have never seen Metallica live, but I have heard good things (even of the band recently). Well, except for Lars, who I have heard has only gotten worse over the years. I sat down last night and watched Metallica‘s Rock am Ring performance from this year and I gotta say I was quite impressed. I was a little annoyed by James’ cadences through some songs (see “Master of Puppets” 5:36) but all in all I thought it was a great performance. The difference would be seeing it live of course, but you know what I mean.

Check out a full streaming video of Metallica‘s performance after the jump. I think it’s worth it. Enjoy and leave your feedback in the comments section. [Continue…]

WTF Moments: MACY GRAY Covers METALLICA? What?!

Okay, when I first say this headline, I thought it was a sick joke. But as it turns out Macy Gray actually did cover Metallica‘s “Nothing Else Matters” live and has a studio version recorded which will be released on a covers album along with tracks originally composed by Radiohead, Sublime, and Kanye West. I never thought of Macy Gray as a fan of Metallica, but in my line of work, I’ve learned that some things just don’t make sense. You can check out the live version of Gray‘s “Nothing Else Matters” below and the album, appropriately titled Covered will be released on March 27th via 429 Records. Thanks to Metal4All for the tip!

Dive In Slow: NIRVANA’s “Dive” At 33RPM

Remember back when these guys slowed down Metallica’s Ride The Lightning? Well I do. It’s pretty killer and I decided I wanted to do the same thing. It took me this long to get a new record player that records from vinyl to CD, so now is the perfect time. I went with the only 45 that I own (most of my recent purchases are 7″, which are different as my vinyl consumers know. So now I bring you Nirvana’s “Dive” slowed down to 33RPM. Check it out below and tell me what you think.

WYKKED WYTCH Show Us The Ultimate Deception

The name Wykked Wytch is one that I have come across many times in past. I think it was during a month or so where I was obsessed with bands with the “witch” in their band name (Acid Witch, Witchfinder General, etc.). Actually, I don’t know where I first heard Wykked Wytch, but that would have been a cool story, huh? Anyway, back on point. Wykked Wytch are preparing to release a new record late this year or early next year. The details on this forthcoming album are still unclear. The album, the band’s first full-length since 2008’s Memories of a Dying Whore will be titled Ultimate Deception. Not many details are known as of now (as I stated) except for the inclusion of a cover of Metallica’s “Fade To Black.” Check out the teaser for the album below (which includes a clip of the “Fade To Black” cover). Enjoy.

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Why METALLICA’s “Black Album” And I Broke Up.

By: Chris Alfieri of Vattnet Viskar

In celebration of another one of Metallica’s “son who’s addicted to crystal meth but we keep enabling him by giving him money and letting him live at home” type follies, Loutallica, let us look back and decipher how we got to this post-rapture like state of Metalli-music, and why I’ve officially ended my relationship with Metallica’s self-titled 1991 album.

Oh, Black Album, where do I begin? Is it your artwork? Is it your subject matter? Is it your snare drum? I don’t know, but there’s something about you that sucked me in, and like that other crazy ex who brainwashed me for a few years too long, I thought you were sexy, strong, and confident. Hell, you even went well with a Naragansett Lager on a warm summer evening. But I wised up to your wickedness. Hindsight is 20/20 sir, and we need to get some closure. [MORE]

LOU REED And METALLICA Reveal Album Art For Collaboration

Above is the artwork for the collaboration between Lou Reed and Metallica, entitled Lulu. The album is slated to be released on November 1st. Below are the names of some tracks that have been revealed.

“Junior Dad”
“Little Dog”
“Mistress Dread”
“Pumping Blood”

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Things METALLICA Has Ruined Forever: Influential Punk Bands

If you have attended a big four concert, can say “Loutallica” with no sense of irony, or even consider yourself just a “bro, they sold out after Ride the Lightning” kinda guy, don’t bother reading this.  Metallica can bring out the worst in people/the internet, I’m over it, Lars could leak a lamer sex tape than Gene Simmons and still make more money than Bono (that’s what you all want, isn’t it?)

I’m not doing this because it’s “so hipster” to hate on Metallica. I have and will always write about music openly and honestly, and I just openly and honestly do not like their music. It’s that simple. Metallica has ruined everything I love forever.

Imagine how frustrated you would be if everyone thought Celine Dion’s version of “You Shook Me All Night Wrong” was an original, remaining in a permanent state of blissful AC/DC-free unawareness. That sickening feeling in your gut? You’re gonna want to hold on to that.

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That’s right. The legendary Lou Reed (of the Velvet Underground) is collaborating with Metallica for an album that is slated to be released November 1st. This is definitely a WTF moment. Two highly influential musical artists from opposite sides of the tracks coming together to write music. The project is entitled  “Lulu” and will be a conceptual piece. Details on the concept are revealed on the band’s official website:

‘”Lulu” was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind’s plays “Earth Spirit” and “Pandora’s Box,” which tell a story of a young abused dancer’s life and relationships and are now collectively known as the “Lulu Plays.” Since their publication in the early 1900’s, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film (“Pandora’s Box,” 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the ‘Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical “Lulu” piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs. Continue reading

METALLICA Has Had This Monopoly Thing In Mind Since 1986!

I don’t know why it hadn’t come to me before. After all this hype with Metallica planning to release their own version of Monopoly, I (for some strange reason) got an urge to listen to Master of Puppets. While listening to the title track, I realized that James says the following phrase:

“Pain monopoly
Ritual misery
Chop your breakfast on a mirror”

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