Metallica Turned ‘Blackened’ into a Stripped-Down, COVID-19 Isolation Jam — Watch Ahead of #MetallicaMondays Tonight 5/4

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It’s Monday, so that means it’s time for another #MetallicaMondays concert streaming event from Metallica — but on Friday evening, the thrash-metal icons premiered a new take on an old-school classic, the product of some COVID-19-inspired isolation recording at the respective homes of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Rob Trujillo.

Turning the normally frantic, energetic song into a brooding, haunting, mostly acoustic affair, this reinvention of the song works exceedingly well:

Just a tad different from the 1988 original, taken from … And Justice for All:

As for the weekly Metallica live series #MetallicaMondays, tonight’s gig is Live at House of Vans from London, England circa 2016.

It will go live at 5:00 p.m. PDT on the Metallica YouTube page:

This was a small show for lucky fans coinciding with the release of Hardwired … to Self-Destruct, as well as Hammett’s birthday. The set list:

Breadfan (Budgie cover)
The Four Horsemen
Battery
Sad but True (followed by Kirk’s solo ended by ‘Prowler’ riff)
Fade to Black
Atlas, Rise!
Harvester of Sorrow
Moth Into Flame (followed by Rob’s solo)
One
Master of Puppets
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Enter Sandman

Encore:
Whiskey in the Jar ([traditional]cover)
Hardwired
Seek & Destroy

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