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Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica
     

Fade to Bluegrass: The Bluegrass Tribute to Metallica

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by Iron Horse
 
After bluegrass Pink Floyd, bluegrass metal was the obvious next step, although the dark hues of Metallica seem an unlikely choice. But here they are, ten Metallica songs done in bluegrass fashion -- or at least as bluegrass as it's possible for Metallica songs to be. There are plenty of innate differences in the

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After bluegrass Pink Floyd, bluegrass metal was the obvious next step, although the dark hues of Metallica seem an unlikely choice. But here they are, ten Metallica songs done in bluegrass fashion -- or at least as bluegrass as it's possible for Metallica songs to be. There are plenty of innate differences in the styles that make a fusion difficult -- the concept of melody being one. This album pinpoints the fact that in their original versions, these songs contain precious little melody, especially in the vocals, and here they have to work hard to extract that and create harmonies behind the tenor lead -- indeed, the piece that seems most open is "Fuel." The playing, of course, is superb, with mandolin player Tony Robertson turning in some stunning solos on "Nothing Else Matters" and "Wherever I May Roam" and Vance Henry offering some shimmering guitar on "Fuel." Part of the problem is that while perhaps three of these songs are generally well-known, coming from that brief period when Metallica was a general big deal, most of the material will be familiar only to those who've heard several Metallica albums. And though bluegrass has its share of dark lyrics, they're generally not as nihilistic or apocalyptic as anything in this metal field. A lot of thought has gone into the arrangements here, and there's a definite irony in the fact that the disc contains no drums -- the instrument of Metallica's leader. Interesting, with some fabulous playing, but you can't help feeling that the talent could be put to better use on some other project.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2003
Label:
Cmh Records
UPC:
0027297840126
catalogNumber:
8401
Rank:
24941

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Performance Credits

Iron Horse   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member
Tony Robertson   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal),Group Member

Technical Credits

Dennis Clifton   Producer,Engineer
Kirk Hammett   Composer
James Hetfield   Composer
Dave Mustaine   Composer
Lars Ulrich   Composer
Cliff Burton   Composer
Steve Baccus   Producer
Aretha Sills   Executive Producer
Adam Byrne   Graphic Design
Kevin Morehouse   Executive Producer
David Naerle   Executive Producer
Iron Horse   Producer

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5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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If you are a Metallica fan, you will like this cd !!! I am a die-hard heavy metal fan and would never think that I would ever listen to bluegrass. You cant help but appreciate the incredible talent and the "cool" factor of listening to your favorite songs and played on the mandolin. Just listen to the samples, you will know what I mean.