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Metallica Halloween Light Show

Metallica Halloween Light Show

Each year, Tom BetGeorge creates an incredible Halloween light show to raise funds for charity. As part of his 2020 show, he programmed a performance that syncs up perfectly with Metallica’s Enter Sandman. If you’re near Tracy, California, you can view the light show in person during its performance schedule.

Metallica on Santoor

Metallica on Santoor

The Metallica track One is already a pretty grim and evocative song. Musician Poolad Torkamanrad’s stripped-down cover version only adds to the emotional weight, as he performs the tune on a Santoor, a type of hammer dulcimer originating from the Middle East. He’s also covered Dream Theater’s rock opera Lost Not Forgotten.

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Enter Sandman: Bowie Style

Enter Sandman: Bowie Style

Anthony Vincent focuses on a single style for another cover of Metallica’s Enter Sandman, done in the sonorous style of David Bowie, with instrumentals reminiscent of Let’s Dance. That’s Talor Steinberg on guitar, Mat Graham on trumpet, and Rocky Yera on sax.

Metallica Plays Prince

Metallica Plays Prince

While playing in Prince’s hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Rob Trujillo and Kirk Hammett from Metallica paid tribute with a rough-edged rendition When Doves Cry. The whole thing is pretty cringey, but it’s worth watching for its sheer novelty.

Master of Puppets: Jazz Edition

Master of Puppets: Jazz Edition

Musician Andy Rehfeldt loves to turn metal songs into jazz tunes. His latest makeover? Transforming Metallica’s magnum opus Master of Puppets into something even dear old Mom and Dad would enjoy. Though at 5:00, we thought it was gonna segue into Get Lucky.

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

Owen Davey: Master of Puppets

13 year-old Owen Davey is a master of not just one instrument, but can rock lead guitar, bass, and drums with the best of them. Here, he performs all of the parts from Metallica’s classic Master of Puppets like a badass. His cover of YYZ by Rush is solid too.

Enter Sandman Classroom Cover

Enter Sandman Classroom Cover

Jimmy Fallon and The Roots teamed up with Metallica to turn in a low-fi performance of the 1991 classic Enter Sandman played on kazoo, xylophone, and other other toy instruments, the result of which sounded like a marching band from Hades.

Banjotallica

Banjotallica

Musician Rob Scallon and his pals turn in a fun performance of Metallica’s Master of Puppets with the lead guitar replaced with banjo. His outfit reminds us of an overall joke we’re pretty sure we heard on Dr. Katz… “Q: What goes with these? A: A banjo and no women.”

Enter Sandman, Backwards

Enter Sandman, Backwards

In celebration of May-tallica, Rob Scallon performed this trippy rendition of Enter Sandman, playing the whole song backwards, including the vocals, then reversing the video. Here’s the forward version.

Enter Sandman on Banjo

Enter Sandman on Banjo

Musician Banjo Guy Ollie decided to go with more of a rock and roll arrangement than Iron Horse did, but he also played the whole Metallica classic on bluegrass instruments including banjo and mandolin.

I Can’t Enter That (No Sandman)

I Can’t Enter That (No Sandman)

Mashup master Neil Cicierga managed to combine two of the most incompatible tunes – Hall and Oates I Can’t Go for That and Metallica’s Enter Sandman into a single track that’s just so bizarre that it’s actually brilliant.

Enter Sandman: Bluegrass Style

Enter Sandman: Bluegrass Style

Our fingers always got all tangled up when trying to play Enter Sandman on Rock Band, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the musicians of Iron Horse, who gave the Metallica classic a shiny coat of Bluegrass paint.

Through the Never (Trailer)

Through the Never (Trailer)

While we’ve had it up to here with movies being released in 3D for no good reason, we’re thinking that Metallica’s epic new concert film – which entwines a story about a roadie on a mission – will be well worth a watch in IMAX 3D.

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Nothing Else Majeur

Nothing Else Majeur

MajorScaled TV digitally transposes sad songs to a major scale, replacing the melancholic mood with a strangely happy one. Listen to what they did to Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters.

Mini Metallica

Mini Metallica

A group of 8 to 10 year-olds performs Enter Sandman at the Buckleberry Beer Festival. We’re less perplexed by kids playing Metallica than why they’re playing at a BEER festival.

Enter Sandman (on Bike Horns)

Enter Sandman (on Bike Horns)

UK musician/comedian/actor Bill Bailey whips out a Metallica cover on an unlikely musical instrument – a bunch of bicycle horns. For some reason, Bill’s version isn’t quite as edgy the original.

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