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After being a bit dumbfounded at the utterly terrible stylistic diarrhea occupying the second and third tracks on this single’s sister, I was given this one as a gift from the drummer in my band at the time, (I am sorry to say that in High School I played in an all Metallica cover band that was trying to write our own stuff) who assured me that it was the better version. In addition to being right about our band’s imminent demise, he was also correct about the contents of this single.
Unlike the first version of this single, “Until it Sleeps” has a cover of Motorhead’s “Overkill” as the accompanying song. For those whom are casual fans of Metallica and didn’t know that they had covered this song, it can be found on Garage Inc. Although it is a decent cover, it also underscores a radical difference between the direction of metal in the 1990s versus today’s tendencies. While more musically apt Power Metal outfits of today such as Gamma Ray, The Storyteller, Iron Savior, and company record covers of the bands that influenced them with the intent of improving upon the results of the obsolete recording equipment of the time, Metallica elected to try to faithfully recreate the primitive sound that Motorhead had to endure in the late 70s, despite that more recent recordings by the band show an increase in sound quality. A perfect point of comparison would be to compare Metallica’s rendition of Motorhead with The Storytellers much heavier, chunkier, and more aggressive remake of “Ace of Spades”.
To fans of Metallica, if you liked Garage Inc. and also found Load tolerable, and you are a mind numbed collector of Metallica rarities then you may want to track this down. However, those of us who don’t rubber stamp the bands we love and expect quality stuff from them; don’t bother with it unless you can find it cheap and you don’t plan to buy either Load or Garage Inc. Both of those albums are steeped with horrid moments and by comparison this single would be a wiser investment. However if you want some really good advice, just stick to the stuff before the Black Album and let the better days of Metallica rest in peace, you’d be a cut above the band itself in the process.