Metallica has always been, without a doubt, one of the most popular bands in the entire world from various perspectives from their issues with Napster and copyright music, their beyond inspiring music to thousand of fans that have been reached, to even the bands that don’t play a genre anything like Metallica’s have claimed them as inspiration. The way the band pished metal into the forefront of music, along with some other bands, truly showed the determination from a few dudes trying to break boundaries that started in the early 1980s. Released on September 10th, 2020, “The Metallica Blacklist” was filled with 53 songs of all Metallica covers from artists of all genres but among those were some absolutely interesting and standout tracks. Below, we’ve gone over some details of the album as a whole, as well as who was featured on the album and the most interesting covers from “The Metallica Blacklist”.
Metallica may have started in the 1980s but the band has been beyond inspirational to aspiring metal and guitar-heavy musicians since their creation as a band, and still to this day. Metallica has been so influential that they have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which doesn’t happen for many artists that have been entered to be immortalized in the hall for the rest of time. As if being included in the growing list of monumental artists to have joined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame wasn’t enough, Metallica has also been one of four bands included in The Big Four series, which also featured Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth which made them all the titans of metal and thrash metal.
The Metallica Blacklist
“The Metallica Blacklist” may not feature Metallica themselves, but whenever someone has heard songs such as “Enter Sandman”, they immediately know that it’s Metallica, regardless of being a fan or not. “The Metallica Blacklist” was limited to only songs released on Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album, commonly referred to as “The Black Album”, similar to Weezer album titles and colors. As the cover album featured various artists, some interesting songs were indeed among the most interesting as they were a mashup, live version, or medley but overall didn’t stand out as individual tracks compared to what we featured below in our most interesting covers of “The Metallica Blacklist”. It’s likely that “The Metallica Blacklist” won’t be the only or last album to get this treatment as most albums from Metallica has been influential in some way to countless artists.
Most Interesting Covers on The Metallica Blacklist
Although “The Metallica Blacklist” featured a total of 53 songs each covered by a different artist, the covers album only featured about fourteen different songs, each artist put their own unique spin on it and made it as close to an original song for themselves as possible. Some of the most interesting artists to have been featured on the album we’ve included below are Miley Cyrus, Portugal. The Man, Weezer, and others as they all created a track worth listening to, regardless of how much, if at all, you like Metallica. Some other interesting songs included on the tracklisting that wasn’t included on our list of most interesting covers from “The Metallica Blacklist”.
The Miley Cyrus cover of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters” featured all-star band members such as Yo-Yo Ma, Chad Smith, Elton John, WATT, and Robert Trujillo.
Weezer covered possibly the most popular song from Metallica’s career “Enter Sandman”, as did five other artists on the tribute album such as Mac DeMarco who we also listed below as having one of the most interesting “The Metallica Blacklist” covers.
Portugal. The Man.
Although Portugal. The Man covered Metallica five months ago with their cover of “Don’t Tread On Me” for The Metallica Blacklist and provided one of the most interesting covers, the band also covered Metallica four years ago with their rendition of “For Whom The Bell Tolls” which shows clean indication that Portugal. The Man. have certainly been inspired by Metallica for their entire career. It should also be noted that Portugal. The Man included Aaron Beam on the newest cover to add an extra dynamic to the song that helped us pin it as one of the most interesting.
As stated above, Mac DeMarco was one of two artists featured on our list of most interesting covers from “The Metallica Blacklist” that covered “Enter Sandman”, but what made the multi-instrumentalist’s cover of the song so unique was their willingness to change the song ever so slightly to fit their usual profile but also changed the song’s tempo entirely.
Pheobe Bridgers’ cover of “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica for “The Metallica Blacklist” was among the most interesting for her unique vocal style and composition throughout her songs not only made her a standout solo artist but also the only artist we included that covered the track on the tribute album.