Listen to James Hetfield’s Isolated Studio Vocal Tracks for Metallica’s “Enter Sandman”

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Earlier this week, we shared Phil Anselmo’s isolated vocal takes for Pantera’s “Walk” and Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows’ isolated vocals for his band’s “Nightmare.” Many of you requested that we continue to post more isolated vocal tracks, and some of you specifically asked to hear those of Metallica frontman James Hetfield–which sounded like a badass idea to us. So without further ado, here are the Mighty Het’s (mostly) isolated vocals for his band’s smash single “Enter Sandman.”

The Metallica singer-guitarist’s voice changed a lot between “The Black Album” and the records that came before it: Do you prefer Hetfield’s singing style pre- or post-“Black Album”? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • Shaun T. Weisenburger

    His vocals were much more raw and unrefined prior to the black album. I was a huge fan of Metallica pre-Black album and started to loose interest in them after Black. I don’t think I have heard any of their music since Loaded(which was very bad in my opinion). Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets were their best work.

  • Josh Rowe

    I love Metallica’s first 5 albums (and yes this includes the black album). I just wasn’t very crazy about all the albums that followed. I miss Metallica’s old sound… but that’s pretty much the same with any band really. Most bands change over time… Sad but true!

  • Zanda

    guess im on my own then when i say i like the black album and the St Anger album lol not heard much after St Anger

  • Sadie Storm

    Always loved his voice!!!