If you’re gonna talk about heavy metal, you will at some point or another talk about Metallica. Whether you believe the band is and always will be one of the best, or if you think it totally sold out when the members cut their hair, Metallica is quintessential to the speed metal, ’90s rock, and post Internet music industry conversation.
Metallica is a band that conquers and divides. It’s also a band that lasts. The California foursome just nabbed its sixth number 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. It’s first album Kill ‘Em All from 1983 is highly regarded as must-listen material for any student of rock. That means Metallica’s been power posing on the threshold of greatness longer than Drake’s been alive.
It might be strange to imagine young women in booty shorts raving as James Hetfield roars a guttural yell, but arm yourself with these great Metallica remixes, and see for yourself that Ride the Lightning is actually a pretty groovy LP. Here’s our list of the best Metallica songs remixed.
Metallica – “Hardwired” (Sullivan King & Whyel Remix)
No doubt the majority of dubstep producers have had a serious Metallica phase at one point in their life. This is one gnarly, snarling take on the title track from the band’s latest hit. There’s a lot of solid Metallica left in tact, but the drop will give you nightmares.
Metallica – “Seek and Destroy” – Bassnectar
Bassnectar sees your headbanging and raises it one case of wobbly knees. Only he could turn this early classic Metallica song into a heady sonic adventure. It sounds like walking through a rip in the time-space continuum, but Metallica rocks solid in any section of the multiverse.
Metallica – “Master of Puppets” (Pendulum Remix)
Knife Party is cool and all, but Pendulum is the perfect vehicle for a “Master of Puppets” remix. The live drum’n’bass band absolutely destroys this version, and “destroy” means “does a killer job” in metal-speak. This is one of the coolest Metallica songs, and Pendulum did it justice … for all.
Metallica – “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Buzztronic Remix)
Metallica was a band beloved by metal heads not because it offered easily digested love songs. High schoolers in ripped jeans across the United States wrote “Metallica” on their binders precisely because they made loud, fast, aggressive noise. This take on a thrash metal classic plays up the rough edges and converts them into pure electro noise.
Metallica – “Enter Sandman” (Chris Sadler Remix)
“Enter Sandman” is one of the baddest, rawest Metallica songs to ever hit mainstream rock radio. That lurking guitar hook is undeniably cool and instantly recognizable. This remix pays perfect homage to Metallica’s perfect axe handlers and boosts the 1991 hit into dance festival mode.
Metallica – “Nothing Else Matters” (Zany & DV8 Remix)
This has got to be Metallica’s most romantic hit. Anyone with an acoustic guitar and a love in their heart has tried picking out that intro. These hardstyle producers translated the heartwarming ode into shrill synth lines and blasted it with rattling drums. It’s actually a great look. Metallica should consider hardstyle in its future.
Metallica – “Lords of Summer” (The Glitch Mob Remix)
While this original first appeared as a stand-alone digital single, it re-emerges on Metallica’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct in all its thrashy glory. This explains, of course, how The Glitch Mob managed to drop this heart-racing remix all of a year ago. It’s heaping with bass, doubles down on the dubstep rhythms, and turns heavy guitars into screeching synths.