Watch Mastodon, Carcass, Bad Wolves members unite to cover Metallica’s Blackened

Blackened cover
(Image credit: Two Minutes To Late Night / YouTube)

The good people behind the Two Minutes To Late Night YouTube channel have once again assembled a team of crack metal musicians to cover a classic metal anthem: this time around it’s Mastodon’s Troy Sanders, Bad Wolves guitarist Doc Coyle, Spirit Adrift’s Nate Garrett and Carcass drummer Daniel Wilding joining forces with TMTLN mainman Gwarsenio Hall (aka Jordan Olds) to deliver a fierce tale on Metallica’s …And Justice For All opener Blackened.

Premiered on November 26, the cover was introduced by Olds with the words: “Black Friday is now “Blackened” Friday where we honor Lars Ulrich‘s famous catfish recipe (but ours has little more bass and paprika). Plus we reversed the BPMs of the riffs so the fast parts are slow and slow parts are fast. WOWIE ZOWIE!”

Proceeds from the song, and artist payments, are being donated to climate change activists The Sunrise Movement

Previous TMTLN jams have seen members of Tool, Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, Primus and Mutoid Man unite to cover Rush’s Anthem, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe front a punk cover of Prince’s I Would Die 4 U, Mastodon, Baroness, Kvelertak and Darkest Hour men team up for a cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s 1981 classic Over The Mountain and former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman cover Fleetwood Mac’s You Make Loving Fun with pals from Mastodon, Baroness, Lucifer and Mutoid Man.

Returning to Metallica, the current issue of Metal Hammer is a special tribute to the Bay Area Bangers as James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich’s band celebrates its 40th birthday. 

Paul Brannigan
Contributing Editor, Louder

A music writer since 1993, formerly Editor of Kerrang! and Planet Rock magazine (RIP), Paul Brannigan is a Contributing Editor to Louder. Having previously written books on Lemmy, Dave Grohl (the Sunday Times best-seller This Is A Call) and Metallica (Birth School Metallica Death, co-authored with Ian Winwood), his Eddie Van Halen biography (Eruption in the UK, Unchained in the US) emerged in 2021. He has written for Rolling Stone, Mojo and Q, hung out with Fugazi at Dischord House, flown on Ozzy Osbourne's private jet, played Angus Young's Gibson SG, and interviewed everyone from Aerosmith and Beastie Boys to Young Gods and ZZ Top. Born in the North of Ireland, Brannigan lives in North London and supports The Arsenal.