Metallica Sued for Copyright Infringement

Metallian.com is reporting that the members of the defunct punk/metal fusion band Excel are considering legal action against Metallica over the latter's song "Enter Sandman",

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Metallian.com is reporting that the members of the defunct punk/metal fusion band Excel are considering legal action against Metallica over the latter's song "Enter Sandman", which they claim borrows heavily from the Excel track "Tapping Into The Emotional Void". "Tapping Into The Emotional Void" was originally included on Excel's "The Joke's On You" LP, which surfaced in 1989 - two years prior to the release of Metallica's self-titled CD. "Enter Sandman" currently stands as the biggest hit of Metallica's career, having peaked at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in August 1991. Metallica's self-titled "black album" has sold more than 13 million copies in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

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    fixxxer_928
    thats actually quite true. hammet is the best guitarist in the world, james has a nice voice and writes nearly all the lyrics and the music, ulrich drums like crazy and roberts just FUNNY when hes playing his bass
    fixxxer_928
    Metallica are GOOD, they have made the BEST songs ever....so shut ur ugly faces and go away
    lespaul55
    fixxxer_928 is the man. u lil punk fukholes r a bunch of shit packers neways. ill b damned if metallica copied em. u dont get it, y would they need to copy, they got what it takes neways. i no fixxxer 928 will agree
    stellar_legs
    Wow, this is amazing. Metallica have been one of the most succesful metal bands of all time. 13 million copies of the Black Album, and probably very close to the same number for their other albums. That's a lot of fans. So what amazes me, is that there are actually this many people who hate Metallica. Everywhere I look, "**** Metallica, they suck." They probably have the same amount of people who hate them, as they do people who like them. So that obviously means that there are a lot of people who are even remotely interested in Metallica, whether it's negative thoughts or positive thoughts. They have millions who love them, and millions who hate them. A whole world of people, still talking about Metallica, good and bad. A whole world, who breathes comments about Metallica, whether there good comments or bad. Well, it appears they've set out to do what every band wants to do: get there name out to the whole world. Alot of people love em, and hate em. Which means the entire world knows who they are. That's what I call success.
    patriot_73
    And common people... Metallica had a right to sue Napster... I mean the whole file-sharing thing was cutting their sales by some 50%, so they did a favour to all the bands out there...
    patriot_73
    I don't think Metallica truley stole that song... they might have listened to it and then might have forgotten that song and made the enter sandman a bit close to it... but i still think that Metallica are pretty original enough to make their own songs...
    R@fa88offspring
    Metallica did something like this when they were on summer sanitarium just as a publicity stunt, if i remeber well they said that they were being sued by some band i don't really remember who was it, because some new song had the same structure or something and 2 weeks later the band that was supposedly sueing metallica said that was a funny joke and a cool publicity stunt.
    HTDrules
    all of you dissin' punk stfu, who do u think influenced bands like metallica?, slayer?...ill tell u bands like misfits and minor threat. as for the article, even if they did "copy" the song from excel, they wouldnt be able to touch metallica in court.
    roo6339
    lol, kinda ironic how metallica complain against napster and that, and then get sued for copyright! lol.... pity though. legendary band!
    Metallica45
    *punk0mi* Punk ***in sucks,you ***in suck,Metallica ***in rules,*HTDrules* has crabs,and Excel is just trying to get some attention.
    fixxxer_928
    hehehe, funny above. Metallica have VERY good songs in ALL their albums, even St.Anger. songs like hit the lights, one, outlaw torn and the unnamed feeling. JUST LIKE JAMES SAID, they make the music, the music dont make metallica meaning whatever they play IS Metallica, whether its thrash metal or heavy metal...or even songs like mama said or hero of the day. METALLICA RULES AND U KNOW IT
    Ian_Milton
    punk is for sexually frustrated 13 year olds!lol- lol but VERY TRUE-GRAMMAR SKOOL KIDS LOVE PUNK
    patriot_73
    And you're not a true fan if you blame them of doing something wrong by saying that you're mad at them for closing down a company which was stealing their money...
    fixxxer_928
    I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE STANGER ABOVE AND LESPAUL55...METALLICA HAD 4 ALBUMS BEFORE THE BLACK ONE, KILL 'EM ALL, RIDE THE LIGHTNING, MASTER OF PUPPETS AND ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL. THEY WERE ORIGINAL ENOUGH TO MAKE ALL THOSE SONGS IN ALL FOUR OF THOSE ALBUMS, THEY WOULDN'T HAVE DONE SUCH A THING. THEY MIGHT HAVE BEEN INSPIRED BY THE SONG ORRRRR IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN A TOTALL COINCIDENCE THAT THEY WERE SIMILAR. I THINK IT'S A COINCIDENCE. by the way, u guys know that St.Anger reached No.1 in the charts??!!?? i bloody love that album, i cant get enough of it
    fixxxer_928
    if u don't like Metallica, y would u want to know ANYTHING about them and read this article in the fist place?....(guy above)
    fixxxer_928
    is the guy above talking about the 'S&M'??? b/c if he is i heard that they're gonna make a number 2....but.....Micheal has past, i hope that won't stop MetallicA from doing it b/c it'll kick ass
    fixxxer_928
    enter sandman wasn't 'one' of their best songs, they have songs five times better...and anyway y would u read up about them if ur not INTERESTED in them...that's what i'm trying to say...that's like me reading an article about the beatles (they just played crappy chords all throught all their songs...boring or what)
    MetalMania30
    does anyone know where to download the song cuz i already heard a sample but i wanna hear the whole thing and i think that this is total BS and metallica rules!!!!
    fucchunk
    Excel Was/IS a killer band from Venice Beach. Not what I would consider straight punk rock.And yes Enter Sandman sounds just like Tapping Into The Emotional Void. But if they were aware of it Why wait so long. I love old Metallica but love Excel more. Venice Beach Baby!
    thm_05
    Yeah Metallica needs to something LIVE like that Christmas music they did.....now that was kicking ass...i mean it was an orceshtra playing with them it sounded better with those violins in the background and stuff...does anyone know if the band is up to another release yet?
    alex675
    has any one notices that the god that failed bass part at the beginning sounds a lot like a bass intro to a song on megadeths rust in piece ehich was releases in 1990
    fixxxer_928
    EXCATLY PATRIOT, I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW STUPID PEOPLE CAN GET WHEN THEY STEALLLLL SONGS THEN COMPLAINE THAT THEY CAN'T 'STEAL' ANYMORE B/C THEY SHUT IT DOWN. FUCK U ALL WHO SAY THAT, UR JUST A BUNCH OF LOW IQ'D THEIVES
    fixxxer_928
    AHAHHAHAA, U FUCKING HYPOCRITE. U SAY DONT TYPE IN CAPS AND U DO IT URSELF. LOOK, IF U HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO SAY, THEN DONT BOTHER WASTING UR TIME
    socksbass
    Metallica are great, but this is punishment from God for the terrible 'St. Anger!' :-P Plus I hope this goes through because Metallica could do with getting their rich arses sued! They've made some good music but they've gone money crazy recently, Lars is right about the principals of napster stealing their music, but I heard that recently they filed a lawsuit against a band because of 2 chords or something, which is just ridiculous! I mean Bon Jovi could sue that twat Enrique Englasius (sp?) because pretty much all of his music featuring guitar is a pattern of four chords picked in the same style as 'All About Loving You'...if I remember rightly :-S
    fixxxer_928
    METALLICA RULES, EXCEL CAN KISS MY BLACK ASS (im not black). FUCK EXCEL AND THEIR GAYNESS. hey, the new album 'St.Anger' is some nice metal Kill 'em All was great too not to forget the load and re-load albums....WELL THEY ALL ROCK (rock is gay, metal is better) ...and finally, ALL YOU DICKHEADS WHO LISTEN TO PUNK ARE TOTALLY GAY
    metallica_69
    All I Have To Say Is Screw All You People Who Think Metallica Stole A Song...Metallica Rules And Thats That!!!!!
    scheck006
    do you really think metallica would listen to punk and steal music from a punk song??? please people come on
    Twh2003
    Yes, axeslinger, it is crime to get huge inspiration like this. Then again, it took them years to figure it out? The award for stupidity in music goes to...
    EpitaphMan440
    I listened to the song by excel, and it does sound quite a bit like enter sandman... interesting....
    feenxfire
    omg how did they find out if they didnt listen to them?maybe thwy were fans and they kepy quiet about it but St. anger made them so mad that they did this....lol
    CICADA
    hmmm strange. i think that they sue now because the longer they wait the more recognized the song and album are plus more album sales. that could equal more dollars for the *******s. metallica has stole stuff before....black and white from inflames
    f**k the system
    i'am a big fan of metallica but this in my eyes would help make up for the napster thing. good luck to those guys with there get rich quick sheme.
    JohnsonSG
    Yea that is bullshit. Metallica rule James Hettfield should have played some solos in st. anger which is there worst cd.
    onlyonehere
    Oh God. You idiots discuss the news article don't *** about debating whether or not Metallica are shite or not. Meh, load of crap, band is either trying to get recognition or extra cash.
    cconq9
    Haha okay what about this. What if news about this circulates around the internet, and eventually people start sharing Excel MP3s. Now, it seems that these guys are out to make a buck, so bam, they start suing Napster and the like and effectively join forces with Metallica. So now Metallica is trying to get money from innocent people, and Excel is trying to get money from innocent people AND Metallica. So in effect, they're in the perfect situation (from their perspective): they're both anti-Metallica, AND stealing money from file sharers. It's a win-win situation, eh?
    greenday365
    Ok, I listened to the Excel song and it starts off a LOT like Enter Sandman, but metallica is still better