What if Metallica recorded “Entered Sandman” the way they use to write songs?

If you were around in the summer of 1991 when Metallica dropped their black album, you’ll remember how much of a shock it was. First, they brought back the bass that was largely missing from …And Justice for All (a good thing). And second, it was far, far more radio friendly and commercially accessible than anything they’d done to today.

Credit Canadian producer Bob Rock for convincing the band to deconstruct everything and rebuild. The black album still sounds great and has sold somewhere north of 31 million copies worldwide, including over one million in Canada.

But what if the band hadn’t taken Rock’s advice and guidance and recorded, say, “Enter Sandman,” in the traditional thrashy Metallica fashion? Then it might have sounded like this.

(Via Metal Injection)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

3 thoughts on “What if Metallica recorded “Entered Sandman” the way they use to write songs?

  • December 16, 2019 at 3:36 am
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    You act like this would be a bad thing! I strongly disagree

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  • December 16, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Ajfa style!!Killer work..

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  • December 16, 2019 at 7:04 pm
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    Still sounds like corny af metallica but sped up.

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