Metallica fans re-record controversial 2003 ‘St. Anger’ album from the ground up

Metallica fans criticized the band for years of its loud production

Three Metallica fans have recreated the band’s controversial 2003 album, St. Anger, from the ground up.

Daryl Gardner (guitar, bass, drums), Dave Cox (vocals) and Chris Dando (production, backing vocals) released the brand new version of the album via YouTube featuring video of them recording the project.

“Recorded during a turbulent time in the band’s career, St. Anger has always divided opinion,” Gardner writes as the inspiration for the hour-long video. “Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren’t so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.”

He continues, “Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record. The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world’s biggest metal band, Metallica.”

Fans shouldn’t expect to see another Napster lawsuit on their hands from the surprise release either. Gardner states that “[a]bsolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favorite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular YouTube video.” Plus, the trio received permission from Q-Prime Entertainment, Metallica’s management firm.

Metallica documented the turbulent recording process of St. Anger in the 2004 film, Some Kind Of Monster. In it, fans got a rare behind-the-scenes look into the lives of the rockers during one of the most destructive periods in the band’s history.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.