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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Hear Metallica's Bare-Bones ... And Justice For All Demos

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM


Giving hope to every 13-year-old with a Gibson Explorer and a dream, metal blog Invisible Oranges posted demos of Metallica's ...And Justice For All. The Bay Area group's prog/thrash opus, released in 1988, is known for its compositional sophistication, but these incomplete demo recordings predate the bone-dry tightness of the finished album.

It's a highly informative work-in-progress snapshot for music historians, or just about any young metal band hoping to make its own metal masterpiece someday. Here's the proof even the most immaculate songs started as half-formed ideas in the practice room.

From the posting by Cosmo Lee:

...And Justice for All is very much a construction -- it practically pulsates with math; if it were a building, it would be a low-slung labyrinth -- and these demos reveal its scaffolding. The songs exist in various states of completion. "Blackened" is mostly done. Kirk Hammett isn't. It's fun to hear him fumble around, searching for the right notes... Lyrically, "Eye of the Beholder" has but a chorus. Lars Ulrich is, to put it politely, a very human drummer.

Hear the whole album's worth of demos.

[Invisible Oranges via The Daily Swarm]


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