Volbeat release a soaring cover of Metallica's Don't Tread On Me

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Sound the Metallica klaxon! A new cover has arrived from The Blacklist. This time, Danish rockers Volbeat have stepped up to the plate to deliver a rendition of Metallica's Don't Tread On Me.

Musically, it doesn't seem miles away from the original – sure, it might just be a little bouncier, but the obvious difference is Volbeat's Michael Poulsen, whose trademark vibrato and deep vocal tone booms through the mix.

Explaining Volbeat's decision to cover the song, Poulsen says: “We didn’t want to touch any of the big hits on that album, which is quite difficult because they’re all hits, somehow. We were trying to pick a song that you don’t hear as much from that album, and the most important thing was to pick a song where we could transform it into a Volbeat song.

Don’t Tread On Me definitely had a swing that I could turn into a Volbeat swing, and it turned out really great.”

And for those who have no idea what we're talking about – although we're sure at least 95% of the population must have caught wind by now – in celebration of Metallica's 30th anniversary of The Black Album, they're releasing a charity covers album. 

The collection, known as The Blacklist, is to feature a total of 53 different artists, including Ghost, Corey Taylor, Miley Cyrus (with Elton John), St. Vincent, Biffy Clyro, Idles, The Hu, Dave Gahan, Weezer, Chase & Status and more.

Listen to Volbeat's cover below:

Liz Scarlett

Liz works on keeping the Louder sites up to date with the latest news from the world of rock and metal. Prior to joining Louder as a full time staff writer, she completed a Diploma with the National Council for the Training of Journalists and received a First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Journalism. She enjoys writing about anything from neo-glam rock to stoner, doom and progressive metal, and loves celebrating women in music.