What do you get when you bring a bunch of country artists to a Metallica cover album party?
Believe it or not, you get some damn good covers.
We’ve heard Jason Isbell’s rendition of “Sad But True,” and Jon Pardi’s cover of “Wherever I May Roam,” and while Isbell masterfully reimagined his into a swampy blues rocker, Pardi surprised the hell out of me.
He can cover George Strait like nobody’s business, but Metallica? With a slick combo of fiddle, steel and some metal guitar, he knocked it out of the park.
And now, Chris Stapleton has entered the chat.
Now with Chris, he can usually just lean on his insane vocal ability for just about any cover and usually that’s enough to turn heads. I mean, when you got the pipes, why not use them?
But here, we see Chris dig deep into that ominous style we recognize from songs like “Was It 26” and “Whiskey Sunrise,” or for the real OGs, his days in the Jompson Brothers. But no matter where it takes your mind, it just works. Add a little blues flavor in the guitar solo and you have another certified JAM from the great Chris Stapleton.
I mean, go ahead and try to tell me that you hear this you don’t feel like saddling up a horse, drawing a sword and riding into battle.
Titled The Metallica Blacklist, the 53-track album features covers by St. Vincent, Portugal. The Man, Cage The Elephant, Weezer, Miley Cyrus, the aforementioned country singers, and many more.
Darius Rucker and Mickey Guyton are also set to release their own version of “Nothing Else Matters.”
All proceeds from the album will be split between a charity of the artist’s choice and Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.
And we can’t forget the original: