Hear Two Wildly Different Spins on Metallica’s “Holier Than Thou,” from Biffy Clyro and OFF!, from ‘The Metallica Blacklist’ Album Project


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53 different acts contribute their services to The Metallica Blacklist, a comprehensive covers album project launched by the metal gods to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their breakthrough 1991 self-titled Black Album.

It’s been previewed in recent weeks with a seriously wide-ranging scope of talent, and the latest arrived on Wednesday in the form of two takes on Black Album track “Holier Than Thou,” delivered by Scottish alt/rock band Biffy Clyro and Los Angeles-based punk icons OFF!.

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Here’s the Biffy version, which packs a ton of the signature offbeat approaches that have made the group a powerhouse in the global rock scene for years, with a jarring visual accompaniment:

The OFF! version, meanwhile, has its own six-minute music video with an amusing narrative that includes the band being booked at a church service …

Also shared recently from the Blacklist album were covers of “Sad but True” from Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, St. Vincent and Sam Fender, which followed “Nothing Else Matters” from Miley Cyrus/Elton John/Yo-Yo Ma and Juanes’ “Enter Sandman.”

Metallica also shared a pre-production rehearsal performance of the song along with the covers above:

2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the now-timeless record that defines both the band and an entire era of music (even if its smooth production and more pop-oriented compositions ruffled the feathers of old-school Metallica heads more interested in thrash metal), and to mark the occasion the band has put together both an elaborate reissue package and the Blacklist covers compilation.

There will be a standard remastered edition of The Black Album made available in a variety of formats including 3-CD, 2-LP, and box set formats accompanying the Blacklist compilation, and both are due on Sept. 10.

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The Metallica Blacklist features an eye-popping collection of talent, and promises to be quite a special way to commemorate the lasting legacy of the Black Album. Here’s the track listing, which features quite a few different takes on the album’s hits, “Enter Sandman,” “Sad but True” and, most abundantly, “Nothing Else Matters”:

“Enter Sandman” — Alessia Cara & The Warning
“Enter Sandman” — Mac DeMarco
“Enter Sandman” — Ghost
“Enter Sandman” — Juanes
“Enter Sandman” — Rina Sawayama
“Enter Sandman” — Weezer
“Sad but True (Live)” — Sam Fender
“Sad but True” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Sad but True” — Mexican Institute of Sound
“Sad but True” — Royal Blood
“Sad but True” — St. Vincent
“Sad but True” — White Reaper
“Sad but True” — YB
“Holier Than Thou” — Biffy Clyro
“Holier Than Thou” — The Chats
“Holier Than Thou” — OFF!
“Holier Than Thou” — PUP
“Holier Than Thou” — Corey Taylor
“The Unforgiven” — Cage the Elephant
“The Unforgiven” — Vishal Dadlani, DIVINE & Shor Police (ft. Metallica)
“The Unforgiven” — Diet Cig
“The Unforgiven” — Flatbush Zombies (ft. DJ Scratch)
“The Unforgiven” — Ha-Ash
“The Unforgiven” — Jose Madero
“The Unforgiven” — Moses Sumney
“Wherever I May Roam” — J Balvin (ft. Metallica)
“Wherever I May Roam” — Chase & Status
“Wherever I May Roam” — The Neptunes (ft. Metallica)
“Wherever I May Roam” — Jon Pardi
“Don’t Tread On Me” — SebastiAn
“Don’t Tread On Me” — Portugal. the Man
“Don’t Tread On Me — Volbeat
“Through The Never” — The Hu
“Through The Never” — Tomi Owo
“Nothing Else Matters” — Phoebe Bridgers
“Nothing Else Matters” — Miley Cyrus (ft. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith)
“Nothing Else Matters” — Dave Gahan
“Nothing Else Matters” — Mickey Guyton
“Nothing Else Matters” — Dermot Kennedy
“Nothing Else Matters” — Mon LaFerte
“Nothing Else Matters” — Igor Levit
“Nothing Else Matters” — My Morning Jacket
“Nothing Else Matters” — PG Roxette
“Nothing Else Matters” — Darius Rucker
“Nothing Else Matters” — Chris Stapleton
“Nothing Else Matters” — TRESOR
“Of Wolf and Man” — Goodnight, Texas
“The God That Failed” — IDLES
“The God That Failed” — Imelda May
“My Friend of Misery” — Cherry Glazerr
“My Friend of Misery” — Izia
“My Friend of Misery” — Kamasi Washington
“The Struggle Within” — Rodrigo y Gabriela


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