Metallica Debuts Social Distance Version of 'Blackened' for 2020

An at-home anthem

May 4, 2020
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This is not your daddy's Metallica. And to be honest, "begin whipping dance of the dead" never sounded so sweet. "NEVEEEEER!"

Over the last few days, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo "cooked up" a little jam session of a fan favorite while at home under quarantine.

The Metallica boys put a socially distant spin on the blistering, seven-minute And Justice For All... album opener "Blackened," and while we're thankful for it we're also seriously craving to see this band fully live again.

In a recent Facebook chat with his friend Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce, drummer Lars spoke about the uncertainty of the times and of the band being able to write and record their next album remotely if need be. The video above shows proof of concept.

"Will there be a Metallica quarantine record? I can’t tell you, because, again, I don’t know how long the quarantine will last," said Ulrich on Facebook. "But if you and I and the rest of the world are sitting here six months from now or a year from now, I’d say there’s a very good chance.”

As artists and celebrities come up with new and unique ways to keep their fans entertained and pitch in to help the global coronavirus fight, it seems the California rockers are going to stay hard at work in the coming months.

In the meantime, keep up with some killer archived performances the band has been sharing on YouTube during their #MetallicaMondays at-home series. They're streaming in support of the band's foundation, All Within My Hands, which will direct funds to hunger and other COVID-19 needs.

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