So, it’s almost here. Death Magnetic. The new Metallica record. And part of it’s been leaked onto YouTube. I don’t know about you, but I’m LOVING most of what I heard–it’s like the Metallica of old in a lot of ways. (Thanks Rick Rubin!) What’s Lars’s take on the leak, you ask?
“If this thing leaks all over the world today or tomorrow, happy days. Happy days. Trust me. Ten days out and it hasn’t quote-unquote fallen off the truck yet? Everybody’s happy. It’s 2008 and it’s part of how it is these days, so it’s fine. We’re happy.”
A-whaaaat? Lars “I hate Napster” Ulrich doesn’t care if the thing leaks a little? Mind blowing. A “new” Metallica, indeed! Then, like two days later my mind is blown further when Wired posts a video of Lars talking about all the “really cool interpretations of all the Metallica songs that you guys out there are so cool to put up on the net and share with everybody in the world.” The post includes links to a bunch of awesome YouTube videos of people playing Metallica songs. Happy days, indeed.
The problem with the videos Lars posted is that there he didn’t mention any bands from New York State. Here at the ARChive, Bryan, Jon and I have been working on a project called the New York Music Index and Archive (the NYMIA for short), a freely available online database designed to provide information and access to all aspects of the popular music industry based in New York State. We’ve not yet launched, but we’re getting real close. Part of our work involves being on MySpace and learning about what’s going on musically in New York State and you might imagine, we’ve come across a fair number of bands that cover Metallica songs, so I thought I’d share a few with you here.
Scraping Bottom is “a 5-piece, heavy hitting, hard rockin’, cover band from Oswego County NY.” They cover Metallica, Judas Priest AC/DC, Godsmack, Deftones and more. On their MySpace page they include a version of “Seek and Destroy.” They don’t really have a logo, but their homepage does include a animated gif of a very-metal looking dagron dragon, though (below, left):
Hailing from Staten Island & Brooklyn, Kill ‘Em All (see their logo above, right) is a five piece Metallica tribute band. They formed in early 2007 and have two Metallica tunes on their site, “Four Horsemen” and “Ride the Lightning.” Sweet versions that get extra points because they reflect the good taste of the band.
Just for kicks, why not compare Kill ‘Em All’s version of “Four Horseman” with that of Alcoholica, which bills itself as “Connecticut’s Premiere Metallica tribute band.” (Yeah, yeah…they’re not from New York State, but the NYMIA isn’t intended to be used solely by people IN New York. It’s for everyone, those in-state and those who might come…and Connecticut’s right next door!) Alcoholica seems to be on sabbatical because lead singer Kai Blackwood’s in Hollywood working on a film of some sort. I think they should win some kind of award for “Most Metal Blog Title” with their “Ron in the Emergency room again.” Ron Celentano’s the “Cliff Burton” of the band. Hope you’re feeling better, Ron!
Do you find yourself located in the greater Glen Oakes, New York area, love Metallica and need a band whose name is “synonymous with energetic renditions of a wide variety of songs” which has “palpable on-stage camaraderie?” Then look no further than Scream! a cover band from Glen Oakes that includes an really nice cover of Metallica’s “Sad But True” in their set list.
Last, but not least, we have Syracuse’s own Septor. The Fightin’ Septor! The call themselves “a high energy, in your face hard rock band” that plays “anything from Mudvayne, Pantera, Metallica, Godsmack, Disturbed, Tool, Rob Zombie and MUCH MORE!” Hvae a listen to their version of “Fade to Black.” You’ll see what they mean.
So, there you have it, folks, the “New” Metallica. Discuss in comments. If you know of any more Metallica tribs in NY/NJ/CT, let us know!
Go New York bands!
ps. if you like metal, keep an eye open next week when I post about the bands in New York State that cover Black Sabbath. Brownie points to the person who guesses which is the most covered Sabbath tune in New York.