There’s a new slew of covers for the upcoming Metallica Black Album tribute. Recently, Diet Cig, H*Ash and Shor Police, Divine and Vishal Dadlani (the last three together) all released versions of “The Unforgiven,” the second single from that album. The new covers run a fairly wide stylistic gamut, showing the crossover appeal of both the song and Metallica itself. Of the three, Diet Cig’s stands out.
Diet Cig are an indie “slop rock” duo from the Catskills. From the opening keyboards replacing the iconic acoustic guitar, it’s clear Diet Cig are not playing it safe. Singer Alex Luciano cannot reach Hetfield’s notes, so she changes it up, starting out almost flat but soon adding dynamic range to her performance. Unlike the original, most of the instrumentation drops out in parts of the verses. Drummer Noah Bowman plays with the rhythm in the chorus, giving it a bit of a stutter. Things build considerably in the second chorus and then everything drops out as they vamp through the chorus a third time.
It’s a performance full of attitude and gumption and it feels like the song could easily be their own. Indie rock Metallica, who knew?
Check it out below, along with the other two new “The Unforgiven” covers:
And check out the other new covers of “The Unforgiven” from The Blacklist: