How Metallica Would Sound If They Played in C Tuning

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Two months ago, the gang from the Paranormal Guitar Channel asked the musical question, "What If Metallica Played a Whole Step Down?" They even made a very popular video that answered the question for us. (Note: That video has since been removed from YouTube.)

Anyway, they're back with a brand-new "downtuned Metallica" video. This time, they're demonstrating how 10 classic Metallica riffs would sound if were played in standard C tuning.

The 10 songs in the clip include a lot of the usual suspects: "Seek & Destroy," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Fade to Black," "Creeping Death," "Orion" and "Master of Puppets," plus "Wherever I May Roam" and, if our math is correct, three more.

They also created a bonus clip called "Downtuned Metallica Riffs Comparison: Original vs. Standard C Tuning" to drive home the point, and we've included that too (bottom video). Enjoy.

If you still haven't heard the brand-new Metallica song, "Atlas, Rise!" (released by the band last night), you can correct that by clicking here.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab). He now plays in two NYC-area bands.