Most metal fans remember the 1988 Metallica record "...And Justice For All" as their most progressive and complex release, but those with a hardcore punk leaning might remember how suspiciously close the title was to a prior release by Agnostic Front.
Agnostic Front had released their album "Liberty And Justice For..." in 1987, but the following Metallica album prompted cries from fans that they had stolen the concept.
Now Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret has revealed his side of the story, explaining how guitarist Kirk Hammet came across their record which potentially inspired "...And Justice For All" (via Blabbermouth):
"You wanna know the truth about that? We were in L.A. playing Fenders Ballroom and Kirk Hammett came to the show... we're just hanging out backstage. And I'm like, 'Yeah, we're just out here promoting our new record.' He goes, 'What's your new record?' And Stig [Agnostic Front guitarist Vinnie Stigma] gave him the record. It was called 'Liberty And Justice For...'.
"Six months later, [Metallica's] record comes out and it's called '...And Justice For All'. We had it before them... But it's no big deal."
But Roger has no thorn in is side over the issue, and has nothing but praise for Metallica.
"Metallica is one of those bands I really always liked lyrically. They talked about a lot of sociopolitical stuff - a lot of good stuff. And they were just stating what we were stating to larger masses. And it's cool with me - absolutely cool with me."
Watch Roger tell the story in this clip:
Do you think Metallica stole from Agnostic Front, or is it just a regular case of being inspired by those you admire? Let us know in the comments.