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Metallica: Covering Their Favorites. - 85%

erickg13, November 13th, 2006

After years of success, critical acclaim, personal loss, and fan backlash Metallica had seen it all. It also seemed that they had done everything they had really wanted to do. So the question was quite simply: What to do next? Easy, make a covers album!

Garage Inc. has no new material by Metallica, unless you count the new covers. Sadly, this is the best thing that they might have done in the 90s since the “Black Album”, maybe because Hetfield or Ulrich isn’t on any of the writing credits.

Going back to the new covers of the album, all on disc one, are generally really good, but the choices of the artists to cover is somewhat suspect. For example, although I enjoyed the song, “Turn the Page” is originally by Bob Seger, and somehow for a band that for 10 years only talked about obscure NWOBHM bands, Seger seems to be a bit of a departure from that. But one thing that they should be given credit for is that for the bands they did cover, they did some of the lesser known songs. Also a decent guest heavy cover of Lynyrd Skynyrds “Tuesday’s Gone” is on disc one. Despite its oddity of covers ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd to Mercyful Fate, this range adds a lot of character to the first disc, it might otherwise not have.

Choice cuts of Disc One: “Turn the Page”, “Mercyful Fate”, “Die, Die My Darling”, and “Whiskey in the Jar”.

Disc Two contains previously recorded covers, which might not have the same production quality; it has so much more energy and vigor. It contains Jason Newsted’s Metallica recording debut in “The $5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited” which is a good value and really increases the value of “Garage Inc.” if someone doesn’t already have it. Another value booster is the inclusion of the “Creeping Death” b-sides “Am I Evil?” and “Blitzkrieg”, both very good examples of exuberant young Metallica honoring their NWOBHM heroes. Of the “B-Sides and One Offs” section my favorites are “Breadfan”, which is better than the original by Budgie, hands down, along with “Stone Cold Crazy”. And wrapping up disc two is the “Motorheadache ‘95”, Motorhead tribute, “Overkill” being my favorite.

Choice cuts of Disc Two: “Breadfan”, “Stone Cold Crazy” and all “The $5.98 EP”. This disc will be enjoyed more by fans of their 80s material.

Overall, Metallica’s “Garage Inc.” is quite an interesting little insight into the influences of Metallica. Also it is quite interesting, is what they do to modify each song to fit them. “Garage Inc.” is best suited for fans that might not have the budget or time to track down all of these separate releases.