Metallica is no stranger to recording songs that easily break the nine minutes: there’s a …And justice for all† To live is to die† Suicide Redemptionand The Outlaw Tornnot to mention their Merciful fate cover medley en Junior father from lulu†
Without reaching for your worn-out copy of St Anger, can you tell me how many songs on this 2003 release are more than nine minutes long? A? Two? All†
No. While it feels like the majority of this album’s songs belong to this pantheon of long riff workouts, only the closing track Everything in my hands comes within sniffing distance, clocking in at 8 minutes 48 seconds.
However, this didn’t stop North American YouTuber Music Dungeon from taking matters into their own hands and making a series of legal edits to their divisive album.
“This was a small project that I started last year and had been standing still for a while,” Dungeon explains. “L [decided] to upload it, as I feel it does give the album a much-needed ‘finish off the fat’.
“There’s a lot of good ideas here that are either poorly executed or just exceed their welcome (those inflated song lengths). The idea was to keep the songs intact, while essentially getting to the point. For the most part, this works really well. good and makes this album less of a slog in my eyes. Is it as revealing as I make it seem? That’s up to you to decide…”
Well what do you think? Check out this fan edit by St Anger below: