Listen to Biffy Clyro’s dazzling cover of Holier Than Thou from The Metallica Blacklist
Following the release of covers by the likes of Miley Cyrus, St. Vincent and Sam Fender for the record, the Scottish rock titans’ version is now officially here, and it sees the band paying tribute to the original Black Album track while also completely Biffy-ing it up. Perfection.
The Metallica Blacklist (which is due out in full on September 10) will have 100 per cent of profits going to charity; half goes to the band’s own All Within My Hands Foundation, and the other half to a “charity of each artist’s choice”. Biffy have picked the Music Venue Trust as their chosen charity.
“With contributions from countries all over the globe from the U.S. to Nigeria, there are tracks from singer-songwriters, country artists, electronic, and hip-hop artists alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music, and many, many more covering the entire spectrum from musicians we’ve shared the stage with, to some who were not even born yet when the original album was released!” say Metallica of their Blacklist LP.
“In addition to raising money for charity, we wanted to show that Metallica’s music transcends genres, distance, and cultures, and we like to think that – with everyone’s help – we’ve done just that. It was important to us that the artists could choose whichever song they most connected to; it didn’t matter if we already had multiple versions of a song, if an artist wanted to cover that song, so be it. We were honored to have artists of this caliber want to be a part of the project and we hope you enjoy listening as much as we enjoyed putting it all together!
“One album, 12 songs, 53 artists, unlimited possibilities.”
Listen to Biffy cover Holier Than Thou below:
Biffy also confirmed in May that they’d recently finished work on their “amazing” new album.
“Originally it was going to be completely hand-in-hand,” said frontman Simon Neil of what was initially supposed to be A Celebration Of Endings’ sister record. “They do relate, but because we didn’t tour I ended up writing about seven or eight new songs for the album. Originally it was intended to be a few off-cuts from A Celebration Of Endings, but now it’s got wonderful new art and it’s kind of its own beast.”
Simon also recently announced his own six-part radio show for the BBC, documenting his love of music, and the songs that have shaped his personal and professional life.
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