As the heavy metal and hard rock institution that they are, Metallica’s catalog has long since become a go-to song book for newer bands in the genre to cover. The thrash veterans are no strangers themselves to covering others’ work, having done an album of it. But being as big as they are (and having written a lot of really, really good songs) there’s inherently a wide range of cross-genre respect for the boys in black. Here’s a sampling of some of the diverse non-metal groups that have covered ‘tallica tunes. Fair warning: it gets weird.
Bif Naked, “Nothing Else Matters”
Canada’s original bad girl does a great and haunting rendition of the metal great’s classic.
Iron Horse, “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
Because why not have bluegrass versions of ‘tallica songs? These guys actually did two albums worth…
Van Canto, “Battery”
A Metallica classic done as full acapella.
Apoptygma Berzerk, “Fade to Black”
Who says you can’t dance to metal?
Rockabye Baby, “Enter Sandman”
Gotta get ‘em started young. There’s actually a full album of lullaby versions of Metallica (and many other artists).
Gregorian, “The Unforgiven”
If you want your Metallica low-key and classical sounding.
8 Bit Version of “Master of Puppets”
This should probably be the boss battle music in every video game ever.
Avenged Sevenfold, “This Means War”
And sometimes covers can be both sad and true…