How legendary Metallica songs would sound with ‘St. Anger’ Drums

A drummer on YouTube has made a video of himself playing classical Metallica songs with drum sounds of St. Anger. Actually they replaced all the drums on the tracks with the ringing, open snare drum tone of the metal legends polarizing album from 2003.

Think you can handle the madness? In the clip, creator PolarWhale tunes their snare and tom drums into one St. Anger-like timbre, then continues to play through “Master of Puppets”, “Creeping Death”, “One” and “Enter Sandman” with the notes. All four songs come from Metallica albums released before St. Anger.

Watch the video at the bottom of this post.

Us metal fans know St. Anger snare sounds good whether we like it or not. When making Bob Rock-managed St. Anger in 2002 and 2003, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich experimented with turns off the snares on his snare drum. By removing the snare strings from the lower head of the instrument, the resulting tone was more flowery – more like a tom than a one common snare.

Two years ago, Ulrich said he still stood by the decision. “I’m always just looking ahead, always thinking about what’s next,” the drummer explained in 2020. “Whether it’s Metallica, always thinking ahead or in my personal life or in relationships, whatever I’m doing.”

Earlier this year a Metallica song included at Netflix Stranger Things 4 gave the band a popularity boost. In the season finale, the character Eddie Munson plays “Master of Puppets” on guitar in one decisive scene. Metallica afterwards welcomed their new fans before some apparently tried to “cancel” the group.

Metallica recently packed up the majority of theirs 2022 tour dates. They want to play Global Citizen Festival and their Helping hands concert to end the year. Get Metallica tickets here.

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