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Rob Trujillo Picks Best Metallica Song for Introducing New Fans

No, it's not "Master of Puppets"
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Metallica are one of the biggest bands, period, metal or otherwise, on the planet, so it's hard to imagine that there'd be anyone anywhere who has yet to hear at least one song by them at this point. But as we learned when Stranger Things introduced them to a whole new audience, those poor, deprived people do, in fact, exist out there.

For them, Revolver is here to help with our "Point of Entry" series, in which we ask artists to pick the single standout cut from across their entire catalog that they believe is the best place for newbie listeners to begin their journey. Below, Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo does the honors. And, no, he didn't choose "Master of Puppets."

"Disposable Heroes"

For me that's pretty easy: "Disposable Heroes" off the Master of Puppets album. And the reason is because it's really in a lot of ways — especially in metal — the perfect balance of what I call "power groove."

I liked that song before I even joined the band. I used to go running in the hills in the Santa Monica mountains to prepare for Suicidal Tendencies tours. I had three or four cassettes that motivated me: one of them was Master of Puppets, and then, like, Reign in Blood and Ride the Lightning were in there, too. That's how I really, really dissected and discovered Master of Puppets.

"Disposable Heroes" has that groove that leans more in that sort of headbanging kind of funky zone … Slayer has that, too, with certain songs. And then at the same time it shifts gears, and you get the speed in there. It's very well-crafted and has a little bit of everything, well, not even a little bit, it's got a lot of everything. It's always one of my go-to classic Metallica songs. Now, I know some people call it a deep cut … but "Disposable Heroes" would be my go-for-broke Metallica classic song right there, 'cause it has everything.