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Metallica, one of the greatest metal legends of all time, faces problems of a modern era. New fans of the band from Stranger Things Season 4 have brought the band to the forefront, but at what cost? A Tiktok content creator recently released several videos detailing why she believes they should cancel the legendary metal band.

In the Tiktok video, the Creator makes allegations claiming the band has had a sketchy past. However, fans of the band have come out to defend it, stating that people change quickly and that they have done more good than they have ever done bad. The Creator used allegations from Axl Rose, lead singer of Guns N’ Roses, but fans did not have it, stating that Axl Rose has done way worse.

Metallica hasn’t responded to the TikTok creator but has welcomed new fans from the rise in popularity. After the 4th season aired, they made a statement: “FYI—EVERYONE is welcome in the Metallica Family. Whether you’ve been a fan for 40 hours or 40 years, we all share a bond through music. All of you started at ground zero at one point in time.” [Source Newsweek]

Metallica's 'Blacklist': The Best Version Of Each Song

Metallica’s Blacklist tribute album is a pretty unprecedented project. A tribute to Metallica’s 1991 “Black Album,” it has over 60 songs. The album itself only had 12 songs, but there are multiple versions of most of the songs (and at least one version of every song), giving The Blacklist a rather lengthy runtime. It was fun to listen to all of the tracks, but we decided to boil it down to the best versions of each of the songs. Here’s what we came up with.

  • Enter Sandman

    There are six versions of the album’s opening track — and possibly Metallica’s most famous song. Weezer’s version was charming; it’s like their recent cover of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid.” You could imagine a younger Rivers Cuomo geeking out in his garage to this song, in front of his KISS poster. Ghost definitely Ghost-ified the song. But Rina Sawayama’s version actually got us to look her up. She’s a Chinese-British pop singer with some definite metal influences.

  • Sad But True


    There were seven versions of “Sad But True” and this is probably the toughest decision here. Royal Blood does a great version, as does Americana singer/songwriter Jason Isbell. Sam Fender turns it into a piano ballad, but our favorite version is St. Vincent’s: she makes it sound like a mid-’90s Nine Inch Nails jam.

  • Holier Than Thou

    This was probably the easiest choice of the album. “Holier Than Thou” sounds like it was written for, or by, Corey Taylor.

  • The Unforgiven

    Ha*Ash is a sister duo from Louisana, and they give “The Unforgiven” a bit more vulnerability than Metallica did. Hearing them go back and forth from singing in English to Spanish accentuates an important point: that Metallica are one of the most popular bands in the world, not just in America.

  • Wherever I May Roam

    This was an easy choice: the other artists doing this song did remixes, whereas Pardi – a country singer – made it his own song.

  • Don't Tread On Me

    This was another easy choice: Denmark’s Volbeat (who have opened for Metallica) do a solid version of this album track.

  • Through The Never

    As with Ha*Ash’s version of “The Unforgiven,” the HU’s take on a Metallica classic reminds us just how global Metallica’s appeal is. The HU, if you don’t know, is a Mongolian folk and metal band and their version of “Through The Never” is incredibly intense.

  • Nothing Else Matters

    Predictably, a lot of artists took this one on: there are *12* versions of the song on The Blacklist. But the best one is the only track on this collection that could compete with the original: Chris Stapleton’s version. Check it out.

  • Of Wolf And Man

    This was an easy one – only folk rock band Goodnight Texas decided to try “Of Wolf And Man,” but they did a great job.

  • The God That Failed

    We love Irish rockabilly singer Imelda May and her version, but IDLES’ take on “The God That Failed” is fearsome.

  • My Friend Of Misery

    This might be the weirdest thing on the whole album; jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington’s cover of “My Friend Of Misery.” Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo joined him on stage for this over the summer.

  • The Struggle Within

    Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have always been metal fans… and that’s obvious in this amazing take on the underrated Metallica song.