Watch Metallica Play 'Enter Sandman' Backward With Surprising Accuracy
By Katrina Nattress
April 28, 2021
When you've been playing a song for 20+ years, it's only natural to want to spice things up. For Metallica, that meant playing "Enter Sandman" backward. YouTuber ATARAXIA recently unearthed a clip, which was reportedly filmed in 2013, of the band trying to perform their 1991 hit from end to beginning during rehearsal. Frontman James Hetfield even attempts to sing a line backward in the mic.
"Could've been different!" he says with a laugh.
The second half of the clip is their work rewound to see if it matches the original — and it's surprisingly accurate! Watch Metallica play "Enter Sandman" backward above.
The band has been working on new music since their 2020 tour dates were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In an interview with Rolling Stone last November, drummer Lars Ulrich opened up about the writing process. “We’re three, four weeks into some pretty serious writing. And of all the s**t — pandemics, fires, politics, race problems, and just f**king looking at the state of the world — it’s so easy just to so fall into a depressive state. But writing always makes me feel enthusiastic about what’s next," he said at the time. "It’s like, ‘F**k, there’s an opportunity here to still make the best record, to still make a difference. To still do something that not even turns other people on, but turns me on.’”
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