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Fade to Bluegrass: Tribute to Metallica

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Metallica's thundering drums, heart-pounding guitars and anguished vocals tell the story of people lost in the hustle of modern society. Bluegrass music sings the tale of people stuck between heaven and hell, the farm and the city and love and hate. In many ways Metallica and bluegrass are brothers, one raised in the urban jungle and the other in the country. So what happens when these two estranged siblings get together? FADE TO BLUEGRASS: THE BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO METALLICA has the answer. Banjo and mandolin replace electric guitars and high lonesome harmonies soar in place of growling vocals to create a surprising and moving tribute. Performed with passion and skill by Alabama bluegrass band Iron Horse, and featuring classics such as "Unforgiven," "Enter Sandman" and "Fade to Black," FADE TO BLUEGRASS: THE BLUEGRASS TRIBUTE TO METALLICA is a family reunion between brothers heavy metal and bluegrass.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • ASIN: B0000CC866
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,280 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I sampled this album at a music store and laughed my butt off.

"What in the world could have convinced these guys to make this album?" I howled.

"It's so plunky and funny-sounding," I continued.

"It's so funny... it's.... it's..." I muttered. "..it's actually REALLY good."

And it is. Bear in mind, I'm a big fan of Metallica *and* bluegrass, so tinny, plucking banjos appeals to me to begin with. I'd recommend that the average metalhead give this a sample or two before splurging on the whole album- I'm not sure you wouldn't like it. From beginning to end, the album is fun and the musicians (Iron Horse) are very talented. Their vocal harmonies are ridiculously tight- this is what sold me, as I'm a sucker for good harmonies. This is not for everyone, which is why I'm giving it four stars only- I'm not guessing it will appeal to all of you, which is alright. But don't be afraid to at least give it a quick listen. Check out Amazon's listening samples and see if you like it. Odds are if you even think it's just "okay", you'll find yourself addicted in no time. Check out "Hero Of the Day"- wonderfully transcribed- it gives you goosebumps. "Fuel" just makes you laugh out loud- oftentimes for the wrong reasons, unfortunately- but it was a hell of an effort.

You have to take this album for what it's worth, as well. These guys are not trying to replace Metallica- Metallica is unreplaceable, as we all know. These guys are simply taking something really good and giving it their own spin, thereby giving you a chance to enjoy great songs in many different ways and levels.
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Simply put, I am a veteran metalhead. A big fan of the Bay Area Thrash scene that once existed with the likes of Testament and Exodus, and the British metal sounds of Iron Maiden. As a hardcore-old-Metallica fan, my first reaction to "Fade to Bluegrass" was to chuckle with incredulity. How in the heck did these guys pull this off?!
As I listened further though, I grew to appreciate not only the musicianship of Iron Horse, but their sheer accuracy in capturing the Metallica tunes. It's evident that they learned to play the songs in the original metal style, because as a musician myself, I know that it's difficult to play a cover song in a wholly different genre unless one can play the song in its original form. One must learn the rules before one can bend them without breaking them.
The intricacies of the guitar leads are captured and adjusted to fit into the bluegrass style and instruments. A Kirk Hammett solo on an acoustic guitar with the traditional James Hetfield chunky-riffs on banjo? Unheard of! Until now, that is. 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies lend a different kind of power to the songs, and they pay tribute to the spirit of songs like "Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters."
On the flip side, this will be where my "metal snob" voice comes in. The newer Metallica songs (Black Album and onward) fit beautifully into the bluegrass style. However, the older songs like "Ride the Lightning" and "One" don't fit quite as comfortably into bluegrass. Iron Horse did an admirable job of covering them, but the songwriting itself coming from the early to mid-'80s wasn't exactly counting on the more fluid style of bluegrass.
Not to say these songs sounded bad.
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Hey, I'm a Metallica fan from way back and not much into bluegrass, so when I heard about this CD on the radio I assumed it was crap. But they played Enter Sandman and I realized that I had to buy it. The bluegrass band is not goofy. They play the songs with the intensity they deserve. It is a whole new way to listen to one of my favorite bands. I am going to buy a bunch of these for Xmas presents!
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I'm a bluegrass fan and an old Metallica fan. When I first heard tracks from this album, I was surprised at how well the bluegrass sound fit Metallica so I bought the album. The album is quite good with one exception -- there aren't any fiddles. There's nothing like a long, drawn-out violin note to evoke the same raw emotion that is Metallica.
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First off, this is NOT a metal album. With that in mind, it helps to at least be able to tolerate bluegrass music. I have an advantage beacause I live in Kentucky, the bluegrass capitol of the world. My family listens to bluegrass all the time so I have come to tolerate it and even enjoy it from time to time. Thus, I was able to appreciate it for what it was; bluegrass music and not bag it for what it wasn't. Buy if you are interested in a different take on Metallica but if you hate bluegrass music then this won't change your mind.
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I am a Metallica fan and until recently did not care for Bluegrass music. My dad always listened to bluegrass so as soon as I could buy my own music, I went straight to AC/DC and Metallica. My wife bought this CD as a Christmas gift to me. I was skeptical to say the least, and laughed as soon as I heard the Banjo pickin' at the start to Unforgiven. Then the guitar set up the rhythm and I was hooked. I set the CD player on loop and haven't listened to much else since. It's disc 3 in my player, right behind Load and Reload and before Ride The Lightning and Anthrax "Sound of White Noise".

These guys did a good job of speeding up these ballads, yet keep their own style and sound. As long as you don't expect this to sound like Metallica and you're open to variety, you'll like this album. My personal favorites on here are Fade to Black, The Four Horsemen, and Unforgiven. These songs are good, even in Bluegrass, a testiment to Metallica's (and Dave Mustane) song writing talents. My little 1-year old daughter won't dance to the originals, but she really loves the Bluegrass versions.

As said elsewhere, preview it first, especially if you're not familiar with or can't stand Bluegrass. This is nothing like the Pat Boone or Weird Al versions. These guys are serious musicians with their own sound and style put to Metallica.
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