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Metallica are Beliebers

Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 07:14:37 AM
Metallica are Beliebers.

The 'Sad But True' heavy metal legends are impressed by 19-year-old teen heartthrob Justin Bieber - whose fans are affectionately referred to as Beliebers - after he said their tracks 'One' and 'Fade to Black' are his "jams".

Speaking to Q Magazine, singer James Hetfield said: "Are we Beliebers? Yes."

Drummer Lars Ulrich added: "Is it possible to have respect for him without being a Belieber? I think the kid's really talented and obviously to go through what he's going through at that early age must be a mind***k. So the fact that he still goes out there and does it, I admire that and I think he's super talented, so I guess I am kind of a Belieber. If he likes 'One', and Liam Gallagher likes him, OK, there you go."


Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 07:30:26 AM
No. This is all wrong.

Bieber is a Metaliever.  ;D

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 09:35:36 AM
One and Fade to Black are pop songs anyway.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 10:37:56 AM
Fade to Black is a good song in my opinion. It isn't the worst thing to hear on the radio.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 11:43:40 AM
Fade to Black is a great, classic song. Really shows how metal was moving towards more narrative songwriting. It's like it's right on the brink. There's the loud/soft verse/chorus sort of thing going on in the first half, but even then, the "chorus" part is actually just riffs, no vocals or hooks. Then it builds up to the second half of the song, which goes in a new direction with some great riffs flowing into one another. Riffs will start off one way, then slightly change but still retain their same character, and finally completely morph into something new. You can really feel the influence of Mercyful Fate songs like Evil in regards to Fade to Black's structure.

One is pretty cool, but it doesn't hit me as hard as Fade to Black. This is probably due to the fact that it's the third song that Metallica had written in this style, with Fade to Black and Sanitarium being the first two. I can see why it has become a part of pop culture, since it's probably the catchiest song on the album and there was that video and everything, but it's not really the best cut off of their fourth full-length. I prefer Shortest Straw, Eye of the Beholder, and Dyer's Eve off of that album.

I think that people might latch on to these songs in the early stages of metal appreciation because the whole loud/soft thing makes them seem more sophisticated-sounding to untrained ears, as opposed to something like Slayer where the narrative is a lot more complex but the aesthetic is more uniform. This also explains why (bl)O(w)peth got so popular in the early '00s.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 01:09:09 PM
this story is somewhat mystifying given that the members of Metallica all perished in 1991

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 02:54:31 PM
Fade to Black is great, One takes it too far. I dont see how those quotes turned into Metallica are Beliebers though. Lars is basically saying he dooesnt care for the kid`s music. Anyway at this point Justin Bieber has far more credibility and integrity than Metallica.

For the members here: What do you consider the worst Metallica album? I see St. Anger mentioned most often but I personally think it is Death Magnetic that takes the poopcake. St. Anger is at least an attempt to say something, no matter how shitty.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 03:21:20 PM
And justice for all has always felt like sitting in front of a copier watching it run. An intricate and delicate piece of machinery,  though aesthetically dull and a bit too mechanical. At some point you realise how boring it is just sitting around listening to the blerps and bleeps of a thing designed to stamp characters onto paper. In a sense, it feels like Metallica stamping itself onto these overlong songs.

I chose and justice for all because it was was an attempt at an artistic endeavor that resulted in failure. Unabashed rock albums and attempts at throwback are secondary in my opinion.

Dissenting opinion: the black album was better in that despite the commercialism, Metallica manages to briefly consolidate itself into an entity with vision and direction which wouldn't last longer than this one album.

I would argue the creative peak of Metallica is Ride the Lightening in that it was the second and last Metallica album to feature coherent quality throughout as well as a fully realized purpose. Although its efficacy is diminished to some extent due to the noticeably dry drum performance on dear Lars' part.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 03:52:04 PM
this story is somewhat mystifying given that the members of Metallica all perished in 1991

Actually lol'd. Well done.

Re: Metallica are Beliebers
October 31, 2013, 05:01:51 PM
Every Metallica release is garbage. Kill Em All is made up of retard-level musicianship and lyrics, the only thing cohesive being the pacing within and between songs. Metal would have been perfectly fine without any Metallica album being written.

I used to think Justice for All was pretty okay, back before I knew who Judas Priest or Mercyful Fate were. Consistently poor albums and blatant trend-hopping define Metallica. Curse their feeble fingers and may hellfire of time cleanse our world of their transgressions.