Metallica Forced Hetfield To Record 'Nothing Else Matters'

James Hetfield is glad his Metallica bandmates forced him to record "Nothing Else Matters" for inclusion in their 1991 "Black Album".

Metallica Forced Hetfield To Record 'Nothing Else Matters'
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James Hetfield is glad his Metallica bandmates forced him to record "Nothing Else Matters" for inclusion in their 1991 "Black Album". The frontman didn't believe it had any place in the thrash giants' catalogue but since its release it's become a firm fan favourite. And guitarist Kirk Hammett admits there's some truth behind the long-running joke about his struggles to learn the song. Hetfield tells the Village Voice: "It's absolutely crazy. That was the song I thought was least Metallica, least likely to ever be played by us the last song anyone would really want to hear. "It was a song for myself in my room on tour when I was bumming out about being away from home. "It's quite amazing. It's a true testament to honest and exposing yourself, putting your real self out there and taking the risk; taking the gamble that someone's going to step on your heart with spikes on, or they're going to put their heart right next to it. You never know until you try." He says discussion over recording the track "solidified" his attitude to it. "We were doing the right thing, writing from the heart about what we felt, and you can't go wrong that way. "It's become an unbelievable song live, and from the New York Hells Angels putting it in their movie to sports people, to people getting married to it, people relate to it. "I'm grateful that the guys forced me to take it out of my tape players and make it Metallica." Hammett is the subject of various gags in the documentary "A Year And A Half In The Life Of Metallica", referring to problems he'd experienced with "Nothing Else Matters". The guitarist explains: "We kept putting it in the set and taking it out until we were actually able to play it. I had to relearn that whole intro part to play by myself on stage which was a little bit intimidating for me at that point. We never had a song that started that way. "After a while, once we got down it down, it was no problem. Once we put our sights onto whipping a song into shape and getting it together, we're pretty good about making it happen." Asked whether he ever feels like dropping the band's signature track "Enter Sandman" during a live show, Hammett says: "There's a certain amount of songs we know we have to play. The great thing about out music is most of it is really, really fun to play." But he adds: "There were times when the mention of 'Seek And Destroy' would make me gag but we started playing it in a heavier key and now it sounds like a brand new song to me. I love it all over again." Metallica recently hailed their Orion Music + More festival a success, and have released a video recap available below. The band are beginning to think about work on a new album. Hetfield has said he'd like it to appear next year, but he doesn't know whether it will work out that way.
Thanks for the report to ClassicRockMagazine.com.

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    Agent 00Awesome
    So that song was the death of thrashy Metallica? I should hate it then. But I don't. Dammit.
    jurnag12
    The great thing about out music is most of it is really, really fun to play
    You know, I may have my issues with Metallica these days, but dammit if this isn't true. Put on a Metallica song while I'm playing some guitar and you've pretty much lost me for the next few hours.
    MetalWah
    come on who didn't know this already... i mean every show where they talk about the black album has this story
    UniformRecon
    Yeah, the EGBeBG thing was just something he played on his guitar while talking to his girlfriend, and Lars was like "OMG THAT'S FUCKING AMAING PUT THAT SHIT ON THE RECORD!!KEJO@IU)E{I!"
    Lightning_Ray
    Metallica Forced Hetfield To Record 'Nothing Else Matters'
    Sure, something that most people knew about literally ages ago makes it to the news... again.
    Firehawk2410
    I'm glad they did do this song, because it's one of my favorites. I don't understand what the big deal is about doing something a little different or a little softer. A lot of people I know will think you're a sissy for liking anything softer than straight-up thrash metal or death metal.
    6-String_Madman
    Never cared for what they do... Never cared for what they know... And I know... 3 lines full of conviction.
    LouDog17
    Good to hear that at least one "metal" artist isn't afraid to put a song on their album just because they think their fans won't like it because it's not primal noise.
    J.R. Legrasse
    Kirk Hammett:
    "We never had a song that started that way, Live I can't play it James' way All these chords I can't play F*ck 'Nothing Else Matters'..."
    onetonryan
    I think my feelings regarding Nothing Else Matters were best summed up by my buddy in high school who remarked, "Man, my little sister likes that song!"
    john_kimble
    Lars probably didn't want it on the album. He feared it would constitute his "regressed" drumming.
    moparhead
    Come on come on, lovin' for the money Come on, come on, listen to the money talk Come on come on, lovin' for the money Come on, come on, listen to the money talk
    rhs5110
    thats cool baroness played theyre an amazing band love a horse named golgotha great intro
    Pol-Pot-Smoker
    I knew it, Hetfield is like the Red Forman of metal music. "What, all this gayness on my record? Are you on dope, dumbass?"