Mike Anthony

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 01: James Hetfield of Metallica performs at State Farm Stadium on September 01, 2023 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Were you at Starland Ballroom last night?

Asking Alexandria headlined a tremendous show! They fired up some really great live versions of “Into The Fire,” “To The Stage,” and much more. And they had some great openers as well! The Hu and Zero 9:36. Both bands got the crowd pumped and it was cool watching The Hu doing their thing – blending traditional Mongolian sounds with metal!! One cool highlight was when they did their cover of Metallica’s “Through The Never”. It sounded great and they definitely have a unique take on it.

Let’s go back to The Blacklist cover album and take a look at 6 of the most unique versions of Metallica tunes!

  • Rina Sawayama - Enter Sandman

    This woman is a model, an actress, and a tremendous vocalist. She’s got a truly awesome set of pipes and this cover proves she can sing any genre. Very intriguing hearing a danceable version of “Enter Sandman!!”


  • José Madero - The Unforgiven

    Jose Madero was the lead singer of a band called PANDA.  Here, he flies solo and over the piano that accompanies him at the beginning of the track, I get chills when I hear it.  Such an amazing cover.  Haunting, emotional, and raw just like Metallica’s original.


  • Portugal. The Man - Don't Tread On Me

    This one is so odd.  At first, I didn’t get it.  But after a few listens, it’s a very unique spin on one of the most underrated songs of the Black album.  It’s got a college rock, underground, punkish vibe in moments.  And certainly stands out as one of the most unique takes on a Metallica tune.

  • Mon Laferte - Nothing Else Matters

    Straight Out of Chile, this vocalist known for Pop, Bolero, Salsa, and more does a bang-up job in her version of the Metallica classic.  In Spanish and with those beautiful guitars with that Latin flare, it sounds so cool to hear the song this way.  Again, another that is haunting yet powerful and beautiful all at once!


  • Kamasi Washington - My Friend Of Misery

    This jazz saxophonist is an amazing player. In fact, everyone on the track lays down something very hypnotic and captivating.  A jazzed-up version of a Metallica B-Side is just what we needed!

  • The Hu - Through The Never

    Those Mongolian instruments and that feel.  So intriguing, but it still brings the heavy on the main riff of the song. Once those vocals kick in, you can’t help but be hypnotized. Great version!

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