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James Hetfield’s Laugh Used to Record Cover of Metallica’s “Atlas, Rise!"

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And now for our first Metallica story of 2017.

YouTube user Lars Von Retreiver (clever) has created a cover of Metallica’s new song “Atlas, Rise!” using clips of frontman James Hetfield’s laugh.

You can compare his effort with the original, below.

Von Retreiver’s previous Metallica-themed efforts include covers of “Master of Puppets” and “St. Anger,” also recorded using Hetfield’s laugh and shown below.

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Christopher Scapelliti is editor-in-chief of Guitar Player (opens in new tab) magazine, the world’s longest-running guitar magazine, founded in 1967. In his extensive career, he has authored in-depth interviews with such guitarists as Pete Townshend, Slash, Billy Corgan, Jack White, Elvis Costello and Todd Rundgren, and audio professionals including Beatles engineers Geoff Emerick and Ken Scott. He is the co-author of Guitar Aficionado: The Collections: The Most Famous, Rare, and Valuable Guitars in the World (opens in new tab), a founding editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine, and a former editor with Guitar WorldGuitar for the Practicing Musician and Maximum Guitar. Apart from guitars, he maintains a collection of more than 30 vintage analog synthesizers.