Los Angeles jazz legend Kamasi Washington has covered Metallica‘s “My Friend Of Misery.”
When Kamasi Washington played The Hollywood Bowl last month, he brought out Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo to cover the track. Now he’s shared the single as an official contribution to The Metallica Blacklist, which is out on September 10th.
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On Washington’s version of “My Friend Of Misery,” he turns the metal anthem into a stunning, celestial jazz number. He truly turns the song into his own, recruiting his band for something radically different. Singer Patrice Quinn delivers James Hetfield’s lyrics, and pianist Cameron Graves transforms Hammett’s solos.
Listen to Kamasi Washington’s cover of “My Friend Of Misery” below.
We’ve already gotten a whole slew of covers from The Metallica Blacklist. In addition to Kamasi Washington, artists like Rina Sawayama, IDLES, Phoebe Bridgers, Weezer, and more have covered the metal legends.
The forthcoming 53-track album features “unique interpretations” of songs from The Black Album in honour of its 30th anniversary.
The Metallica Blacklist will be released alongside a 30th anniversary reissue of their 1991 self-titled album. The forthcoming deluxe box set will feature a 2xLP, a picture disc, three live LPS, 14 CDs, six DVDs, a hardcover book, and more. The Metallica Blacklist is an expansive 53-track covers album that will benefit a whole slew of charities.
Pre-order Blacklist and check out the full tracklist here.