At the start of the 1990’s, Metallica was one of the biggest metal bands in the world. With millions of albums sold, they quickly became one of the most influential bands to grace the earth. As time progressed, many musicians would be inspired and influenced by Metallica and their music, resulting in a wide array of covers performed.
Fast forward to today, in a world run by YouTube and social media, it’s very difficult to not come across a line of videos from guitarists, drummers, bassists, etc., and not have them cover something of Metallica. With such a wide range of songs stacked within their catalog, Metallica is amongst the many bands that have a very large list of people today covering their songs.
Everything from the Kill Em All to the present day Hardwired…To Self-Destruct albums have showcased a great deal of covers. Perhaps the most covered songs that Metallica has ever recorded would be “Master of Puppets,” and “Enter Sandman.” These two songs are classic staples within the Metallica catalog, and are quickly recognized within seconds.
With the release of their 1991 Black Album, the band quickly got a less than warm criticism for the album, in part for the thought that the band had strayed away from their original sound that had been generated on their previous albums. This sound in particular was more of an “in your face/smash mouth” style of metal that many thought got lost in the Black Album with songs such as “The Unforgiven,” and “Nothing Else Matters.”
Despite their “less than heavy sound” on certain songs, the band continued to be successful, and the generations of people that have come since then have been thankful for the creation of such music. Not everyone has to be a fan of heavy metal to appreciate the great value that is brought on by certain songs. 15 year old singer Caroline Baran and her group Postmodern Jukebox put their own unique spin on Metallica’s classic Black Album song “Nothing Else Matters,” and gave it a rather sultry and jazzy twist. One that even the heaviest of Metallica fans can appreciate.
Within the first 30 seconds, the song quickly transforms into a whole new world that one would never have imagined a Metallica song would go. But with grace and elegance, Baran and PMJ deliver a rather impressive (and not to mention un-metal) rendition of a song that the nation’s most metal band had written over 25 years ago today.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/