Posts Tagged ‘And Justice For All’

war of the covers escapeA couple of weeks ago, we had our very first War Of The Covers which pinned UK Metal band Malefice against French groove/death metal band Trepalium as we decided who covered Pantera’s I’m Broken better. Unfortunately for Malefice, everyone overwhelmingly thought that Trepalium’s version of the track was better. For this week’s War Of The Covers, we are exploring a cover from a band that is in the news right now for all the wrong reasons after the way they opened the year up. Apparently, Metallica is in the news right now because they are being accused of stealing a riff from an 80’s death metal band named Incubus on one of the tracks on their latest effort Hardwired… To Self Destruct. Whether that fact is true or not, there is no denying that Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time (I said one of, not the). They have written some iconic material in albums like Kill Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, and …And Justice For All. As a fan of music and metal, there is no denying that fact and the fact that they have influenced countless metal bands over the years. That is why I chose them because some amazing bands have covered Metallica over the years and I think we have a good one here. In 2005, if you had the Japanese version of Gojira’s amazing album From Mars To Sirius, then you noticed that the band covered the Ride The Lightning track Escape. Fast forward to 2009, hardcore metal giants Hatebreed released an all covers album entitled For The Lions which featured them covering the Lightning gem Escape as well. Now it is up to you guys to decide who covered it better? You have until the next post to decide.

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Over the past year, we have seen all types of covers on the internet of amazing metal songs covered with non metal instruments. We have ukulele covers of Slayer, bluegrass covers of Iron Maiden and Slayer, and now we have a medieval cover of a Metallica song. Unlike all of the other covers which were discovered on Youtube, this one was on a TV show on live television in Belarus. The show was called Legends Live and it was aired on Belarus’s OHT channel where Stary Olsa played One by Metallica which was off of the band’s 1987 hit …And Justice For All. The band’s interpretation of the song is off the hook especially the way one of the players plays the Kirk Hammett’s opening part on a recorder. Unfortunately, I was wondering how the band was going to cover the high octane part with the famous double bass assault by Lars, but they cut the song short to Three minutes and some change. Not to fear though because you should watch this just to be amazed. So, check out Stary Olsa’s cover below:

When deciding what song to cover, it’s a tricky and hard decision to make if you’re in a band. In one corner, you are thinking who hasn’t covered what song from one of your favorite artists? Is the track you’re thinking of an iconic track from the band or one of those deep catalog tracks? When you have narrowed down the tracks that you would like to cover, you are wondering if you’re going to do the track justice because you’ve just realized that you have picked a track from an Iconic metal band. The name of the band is Symphony Of Malice from Connecticut  and they decided to cover Blackened from thrash metal titans Metallica’s …And Justice For All album. Gus Sinaro, who was born and raised in Sao Paulo, Brazil started Symphony Of Malice back in 2008 when he took charge being the lead vocalist/guitarist who draws a lot of his influences from thrash metal bands like Metallica, Megadeth, and some of the newer bands like Trivium and Bullet For My Valentine. Gus performs all lead, rhythm guitars on this track and he also records the bass parts with Nick Bellmore. They kept the beginning the same and they showcase the same fury that Metallica did when they recorded the song. I know its hard to choose a great Metallica cover considering every metal band that’s up and coming has covered Metallica at one time or another, but this is amazing. They do an amazing job covering the song as I said, but one thing I noticed about the track is how similar sounding they are to Trivium and how Matt Heafy’s vocals when he covered Master Of Puppets. Other than that I enjoyed listening to it a lot and you should check it out as ESP Guitars sponsored the track and the song is featured on the band’s re-issue off their 2013 album Judgement Day (The Aftermath) which will be available soon. Check out the track below:

 

File:Metallica - ...And Justice for All cover.jpgLast month we celebrated the 30TH anniversary of the release of Metallica’s Kill Em All and now we are celebrating a different release by Metallica. On August 25, 2013, …And Justice For All turned 25 years old which means it celebrates its silver anniversary (I believe). By the accounts of a lot of different people, this album signified that a lot of changes were going to come to the beloved Thrash metal genre and it signified the beginning of a new era. For starters, it was the first album to be recorded without Cliff Burton and the first with former Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted. It signified the end of a traditional thrash metal sound for Metallica as they took a more progressive metal approach with this album. Lars commented on the band’s change, “We took the Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets concept as far as we could take it. There was no place else to go with the progressive, nutty, sideways side of Metallica, and I’m so proud of the fact that, in some way, that album is kind of the epitome of that progressive side of us up through the ’80s.” The albums lyrics were also very different and dark while being rooted in politics, inequality, and freedom of speech just being some of the topics. There is also a rumor that if you notice, you’ll barely hear the bass tracks because Metallica supposedly turned the bass down.

andOne of the most badass Metallica songs ever kicks off the album in the form of Blackened, a song that deals with the subject of the environment. I love the slow fade up tactic that Metallica chose for the track which signifies the beginning of the madness. It’s also the best drumming I have heard from Lars in my opinion and I love the breakdown after the 2:30 mark, it’s just punishing. …And Justice For All is the next track on the album and it’s a track that was inspired by the drummer Lars’s aggressive riff and drum patterns. Famed music critic Cosmo Lee once said that the song is, “”a linkage of blocks” rather than “a progressive opus”, because “the song is mid-paced and very playable. None of the riffs are that technical.” Eye Of The Beholder is another track that starts with a slow fade up as the track keeps building up and then it explodes into an all metal assault. The track is played at a conventional 4/4 rhythm while the chorus is famous for being played at a 12/8 time. The tracks lyrics deal with issues of limitations that are constantly placed on freedom of speech and freedom of expression. It makes sense considering the PMRC was hammering down on Heavy Metal at the time.

oneI hate to call the next track a power ballad, but that is exactly what One is. It’s the Grammy award winning track from the album whose lyrics are very anti-war. The song was inspired by a book by Dalton Trumbo that was called Johnny Got His Gun which was released in 1939 and dealt with a soldier who had lost all his limbs in battle.  The song begins in 4/4 time before it gradually switches in 3/4 and even 2/4 time. My favorite part of the song is the machine gun guitar build up with the double bass madness. Here is what James told Guitar World Magazine in 1991 regarding B-G modulation, “I had been fiddling around with that B-G modulation for a long time. The idea for the opening came from a Venom song called “Buried Alive”. The kick drum machine-gun part near the end wasn’t written with the war lyrics in mind, it just came out that way. We started that album with Mike Clink as producer. He didn’t work out so well, so we got Flemming to come over and save our asses.”

harvesterThe Shortest Straw is the next track on the record with it’s stop and smash playing in the beginning, it’s a song that deals with the topic of blacklisting. According to wikipedia, Harvester Of Sorrow is a song about, “a man who descends into madness, taking out his anger on his family. At the end of the song, it is hinted his sanity snaps and he murders them.” The song is a live staple at any Metallica show and deservedly so as the track hits you like a sledgehammer when it kicks off. Frayed Ends Of Sanity is the next track and it deals with the subject of a man who cannot live with the mania inside his head as he tries to become stronger than the demons (at least that’s what I get out of it). To Live Is To Die is the only song on the album where credit is given to Cliff Burton. The song samples a lot of different bass lines that Cliff had done before he passed away, but they were recorded with Jason for the album.

and justiceDyer’s Eve is the last track on the record and it’s a straight forward, cut ‘n dry message to his parents with some awesome and crazy stop and play metal madness in the beginning. Then out of nowhere the madness becomes even more maddening as Metallica embark on all out metal assault. This is definitely one of my favorite albums that started off with Mike Clink as the producer because Flemming Rasmussen wasn’t available when they needed him. After not being happy with what Mike Clink was doing, Flemming was finally brought in as he saved the day. Happy 25TH Anniversary to …And Justice For All you get four stars out of five.