Hear Jason Isbell turn Metallica's Sad But True into a frenzied, country-fried blues romp

Jason Isbell performs at The Caverns on October 08, 2020 in Pelham, Tennessee
(Image credit: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)

Just yesterday, we heard St. Vincent deconstruct Metallica's leviathan rocker Sad But True into a serrated slice of industrial funk. Now, we've been graced with another, perhaps even more radical, interpretation of the song, this time from Americana A-listers Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. 

Taken, like the St. Vincent cover, from the upcoming The Metallica Blacklista sprawling, 53-track tribute to Metallica's record-shattering, 1991 self-titled album – Isbell reimagines the bludgeoning tune as something that wouldn't feel out of place on the Red Dead Redemption 2 soundtrack.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.