Metal royalty Metallica recently came to the defence of viral TikTok star Aly the Piper, who had released a medley of some of the band’s biggest hits played on her namesake instrument, the bagpipes. “This [commentor] doesn’t speak on our behalf,” Metallica commented on the video. “You’re awesome.” The comment came after a negative comment bemoaning her choice to cover “Fade to Black, “One”, “Enter Sandman” and “Whisky in the Jar” in the video.
To be honest, Metallica are 100% right here: these covers are great. Aly’s command of her instrument is in full display here, playing along with guitar solos and adding an almost haunting weight and atmosphere to “Fade to Black.” On the YouTube version of this video, a comment reads “I need a full “Fade to Black” cover with the pipes. That was simply mesmerizing, to be honest.” I wholeheartedly agree.
Check out the covers below: