BEATALLICA

"Sgt Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band" (Oglio; 2007)

Reviewed by Metal Mark

What do you get when you combine Metallica and the Beatles? Well, you might get a band called Beatallica. 

The band members here are Jaymz Lennfield, Greg Hammettson, Kliff McBurtney and Ringo Larz. These guys use mainly the melodies and lyrics of Beatles songs, but they apply Metallica's vocals and guitar tone. This certainly is a blending of the two as opposed to just being heavy versions of Beatles songs. Ultimately, it's a novelty album and some of the tracks are funny and some just seem very awkward. 

Now when they are funny it's because it's just so odd to hear a version like this rather than them making fun of the original artists. I don't think this is an easy project to pull off and, really, I think they do pull it off to some extent. To me this is an album that might be enjoyed by fans of either of the two artists, but how many times would you want to hear something like this? For myself, the parts I like just make me want to pull out a Metallica CD rather than listen to this one again. 

Apparently, the band does have a following though and have even played a few big festivals. Here is a tracklisting to give you a better idea of what they are doing. 

1. Sgt. Hetfield's Motorbreath Pub Band 
2. Revol-Ooh-Tion 
3. Blackened the U.S.S.R. 
4. Sandman 
5. Helvester Of Skelter 
6. A Garage Dayz Nite 
7. Anestesia (I'm Only Sleeping) 
8. Leper Madonna 
9. Ktulu (He's So Heavy) 
10. For Horsemen 
11. Hey Dude 
12. Sgt. Hetfield's (reprise) 
13. ...And Justice For All My Loving 

For more information, check out http://www.beatallica.org

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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