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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 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. '10 bands that rip off Black Sabbath but get away with it' is her favourite article she's written with Louder so far. When not writing, Liz enjoys various creative endeavours such as graphic design, as well as reading about rock’n’roll history, art and magic.