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Metallica’s “Fade to Black” Acoustic Performance by Igor Presnyakov —Video

Igor Presnyakov’s YouTube videos have been viewed more than 200 million times. He has almost 300 videos online, with covers ranging from One Direction to Led Zeppelin.

Presnyakov, who was born in Moscow, Russia, studied classical guitar and graduated as a guitarist and a conductor for ensembles. In the late Seventies, he led several hard-rock bands as a lead guitarist, vocalist and arranger.

In 1991 he relocated to the Netherlands to start his solo career, which has now spanned more than 20 years. After moving to Europe, he shifted into fingerpicking and created a unique acoustic guitar style influenced by various genres.

Igor is a contemporary guitar player who arranges and composes in an orchestral way; combining percussion, bass, harmony and melody at the same time. His arrangements of popular songs bring an interesting approach to the original compositions, giving them a totally new perspective.

Igor has performed at several guitar festivals in Europe and is playing concerts all over the world. In late 2012, he recorded IGGYFIED, which was released in 2013. It includes a selection of his finest covers and some originals works.

Find out more at And be sure to check out his performance of Metallica’s “Fade to Black”:

Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.