Metallica Stole Song?

Did Metallica inadvertently "borrow" a musical idea from another band for their 1986 dark "power ballad" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"?

Metallica Stole Song?
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Did Metallica inadvertently "borrow" a musical idea from another band for their 1986 dark "power ballad" "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"? Several Internet reports definitely seem to suggest so, reports MetalUnderground. A song called "Rainbow Warrior" by the obscure NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) band Bleak House appears to contain undeniable similarities to the Metallica classic. The Bleak House track was released as a seven-inch single in 1980 via Buzzard Records, and was followed up by another seven-inch single in 1982 and various compilation appearances before the band apparently called it a day. A self-proclaimed NWOBHM fanatic, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich spent much of his time in the early '80s tracking down obscure recordings from his favorite groups of the era. Ten years after the NWOBHM's glory days of 1982, Ulrich took time out to put together a multi-band compilation, "'79 Revisited: New Wave of British Heavy Metal", along with journalist Geoff Barton, whose work in the now-defunct weekly U.K. rock paper Sounds had kept Ulrich posted while he was in the States.
  • Bleak House - "Rainbow Warrior"
  • Metallica - "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" In related Metallica news, the band played its final show of their two year world tour last night in San Jose, CA at the hp Pavilion. From here, they will go on a break, possibly play a show (or more) around New Year's eve, and then go back into the studio. The band's next album is due out in the fall of 2005.
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      EvilGyroe
      Metallica get flamed and ***ed about that much that people will want to believe they "barrowed" the idea from Bleak House. To me, the song have simularities (just that riff, but even still it aint identical) but it isnt exactly a stolen song or anything.
      Emenius Sleepus
      marylin manson stole one of the riffs from ride the lightning and made the riff for the fight song.
      you idiot. listen again they sound nothing alike you retard. and that Lars picc is really kinda... gay... Peace
      Rockstar_450
      bah! i haven't heard that band make any complaints! if they did we would have seen this news YEARS ago! METALLICA = BEST HEAVY METAL BAND IN THE WORLD STILL!
      AnnaPlaysGuitar
      Lar's photo is ***ing hilarious! It's like.... a squashed blue-jay mixed with a marshmellow mixed with a pancake.
      Emenius Sleepus
      then again, Zeppelin stole a lot of the stuff from the old blues guys and they even openly admitted it.. go figure
      Emenius Sleepus
      Welcome Home is an awesome song and I love metallica but that does sound really similar. i still like 'tallica's version better though
      bono_b
      DownDark: thay had also took bob seeger's song Turn The Page.
      You dont know anything about metallica do u? the whole album of garage inc is cover songs...idiot
      im not mental
      who cares? people do it all the time. marylin manson stole one of the riffs from ride the lightning and made the riff for the fight song.
      EvilGyroe
      howrylak1: Metallica Samples other music all of the time: ..-"Harvester of Sorrow" sampled the marching song of the witches hench men on the wizard of oz. No it wasn't Harvester of Sorrow with that intro, it was Frayed ends of Sanity.
      r_lightning
      t mitch: metallica is a bunch of sellouts anyway who cares. [POSTED: 30 November 2004 - 14:27]|
      Hey FUCK YOU! So what if they are sellouts?! For me they can do whatever they want to as long as they make good music! I love metallica, they're my favourite band of all time, but I can admit they're music has gottan much worser since the Black Album (well after the release of the Black Album, cuz this album is very good, even though a lot of people dont think so) But back to main heading, I dont think Metallica stole this song/copied this song. As you can hear the intro of Sanitarium- is very much like the other original Metallica songs like Fade To Black and One, this is very much "Metallica".. and so on Welcome Home (Sanitarium) is very much typical Metallica.. but if Metallica stole this song, I'll get disappointed
      Voldragon
      Liam Alan: Kind of ironic Metallica stealing someones music.
      That is so true, they made a started a load of stuff about the downloading and then they steal someones song.
      arsonite
      metallica gets so much bad press. i think they invented that song themselves and who cares if it sounds like another???
      jay1545
      i just wish peaople woud stop criticizing metallica's ability to make great music. who the f**k carse if the song sounds similar everyone should appreciate the the same riff(if it really is) can be taken and rearranged into a totally different sound and song. people are forgetting the music is all about variation and the ability to take something and experiment to make it sound better. so metallica has this ability and uses it very well. i think people are just jealous at the fact that metallica has been around for so long and can still make great songs.
      zakk_wylde4
      The took turn the page and Stone Cold Crazy because they made an album containing all their favourite covers! DUH!
      ld zppln904
      Im not turning this into a Deth vs Tallica thing, but they didnt steal anything, Dave Mustaine wrote songs for Metallica, and Metallica used it, and Dave made a big deal out of it. About the two songs being alike, i think that maybe listening to this could have inspired James to write a similar but better and different riff. Or it could be coincidence. Both songs are good. the person that wrote that is the smartest person on this message borad or whatever u call it
      viento
      well whats wrong with that? even britney does that shit, thats right metallica and brit are the same shit
      METMAN
      MetallicA is the best band in the world i am pritty sure they dident steal it
      adamk991100
      It's a bit the same, but fuk it Metallica's better and I don't care where they got the idea for the song, it kicks ass...
      MetalUpTheAss
      Well, Led Zeppelin outright stole the goddamn intro to Stairway. The point is, ALL artists steal something, inadvertanly or not. So don't trip balls.
      nonazisinpunk
      well, its not like people dont steal songs all the time, listen to the song "Taurus" by Sprit... i think some of you may find that some parts sound a lot like a riff from Stairway to Heaven. its sad cause Jimmy and Robert looked up to Spirit as kids and then stole a riff from them
      rds0811
      I wouldn't have cared if they did take the one riff, they saved it from a piece of garbage song and put it into a masterpiece.
      Chalko
      Let's face it Metallica has changed ever since the LOAD album's cover which featured Cow-semen swirling around the ass of Kirk Hammett. The reason that he did not solo on the new album was not that he has nothing to prove its just that Lars' drum sticks were so far up his ass that it went throuh is digestive system and created a faux-erection. Hammett then turned to Hetfield and began boning him in the ass so hard. now they are gay lovers and gays don't like to solo. Hammett farts cum on James' burnt face while Lars ***s it off!!!! That's so Dylan
      zeppelin420
      You want real rip off's, listen to Zep's Whole Lotta Love then listen 'Gonna Give you My Love' by Muddy Waters (written by Willie Dixon), then realize why Dixon successfully sued Zep's ass off.
      Dixon was angry, but he did NOT sue them. Where the hell do you get this bs from.
      rich_sg
      to be fair metallica are a really good band, but to my eyes theyre power chords, blues solos and depressing lyrics. That said, theyre music is really good to airguitar too (see solo for The Unforgiven)
      DownDark
      dont forget... Metallica also borrowed (covered) Queen's Stone Cold Crazy
      MindjackPlug
      this sort of thing happens all the time... just take the ending riff of "the Wretched" by NIN and the beginning of "my own summer (shove it)" by deftones. it's uncanny, but i use it to my advantage when i'm DJing. fun stuff, there.
      TWISTEDFender
      howrylak1: Metallica Samples other music all of the time: ..-"Don't tread on me" had a guitar riff simmilar to a song in the west side story. ..-"Harvester of Sorrow" sampled the marching song of the witches hench men on the wizard of oz. I personally think that it's cool and I think metallica rules it was Frayed Ends Of Sanity that had the Wizard of Oz part in it, jackassclown
      untilitsleeps24
      yeah same here metallica ***in rox and they are my favorite band and i sware theres this one iron maiden song that sounds like the unforgiven 2 in the beginning. but what im wondering is how nobody notices that they took full credit for fade to black and thats a cover song. i think deep purple originally sung it. but dont quote me on that.
      monkey_xxx2003
      untilitsleeps24, you are ***ed up if you think deep purple played fade to black. it is a metallica song.
      Metallica12_12
      untilitsleeps24: yeah same here metallica ***in rox and they are my favorite band and i sware theres this one iron maiden song that sounds like the unforgiven 2 in the beginning. but what im wondering is how nobody notices that they took full credit for fade to black and thats a cover song. i think deep purple originally sung it. but dont quote me on that.
      Ya ur wrong so meh it doesn't matter though. Deep Purple covered it not other way around. Im guessin that u dot know to much bout metallica
      les_paul_01
      howrylak1 wrote: Metallica Samples other music all of the time: ..-"Don't tread on me" had a guitar riff simmilar to a song in the west side story. ..-"Harvester of Sorrow" sampled the marching song of the witches hench men on the wizard of oz. I personally think that it's cool and I think metallica rules
      ummmmm i think you're thinking of "frayed ends of sanity", not "harvester of sorrow"