When the Ghost cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” arrived last month, metal fans weren’t too much shocked to hear it sounded like, well, Ghost.
Still, the silent piano that opens the version of the classic heavy metal single can be a bit surprising.
The interpretation of Ghosts appeared on September 10, the same day The Metallica Blacklist – a compilation of various tribute artists to Metallica’s 1991 “Black Album” – has arrived in its entirety, alongside a remastered reissue of the effort that begins with the original “Enter Sandman.”
But how did Ghost choose the piano from his pouch?
This week, Ghost band leader Tobias Forge (AKA Papa Emeritus IV, et al.) Explained to Guitar world, “We played this song when Metallica [Sweden’s] Polar Music Prize in 2018, so it looked like something we knew how to do. But when it comes to picking up songs from other bands, I try to find something that is not in the song in its original state. And, honestly, I find that difficult in a lot of Metallica songs because I think they’re pretty fleshed out. “
He continued, “But with ‘Enter Sandman’ I could hear a piano. I could hear the vocal melody speaking in a way where you could build another chord sequence underneath. Which, you know, I don’t. can’t really do that on ‘Wolf and Man.’ “
But Forge confessed that capturing the cover of Ghost’s “Enter Sandman” was not without a little bit of anxiety. But most of it was how I felt two or three years ago when we did this performance. Because it was on live TV and it was in front of Metallica and it was in front of the [Swedish] royal family and much of the elite in Sweden. So that was the big weight. “
Those who are longtime fans of the two are probably aware that Metallica was Ghost’s mentor. Of course, they also toured together, giving Ghost a boost.
Forge admitted that Metallica’s support was crucial. “Since [Metallica’s] James [Hetfield] started pushing the band about 10 years ago, from that point on we definitely achieved greater fame. We played on their [Orion] festival, and we also did a few tours with them when they were doing Sonisphere. “
He added, “Eventually they asked us to support them for a whole tour. So I would say we had kind of a mentor / student relationship. It sounds like, you know, most Miyagi dojos – you get the sensei’s hand on you. “
Weezer and Juanes also perform “Enter Sandman” on The Metallica Blacklist. Corey Taylor, Miley Cyrus, Phoebe Bridgers and others make unique renditions of various Metallica tunes on set.