Rodrigo y Gabriela share awe-inspiring acoustic reworking of Metallica's The Struggle Within

Rodrigo y Gabriela
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Mexican acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have shared their cover of Metallica's The Struggle Within, taken from the metal giants' forthcoming Metallica Blacklist compilation album.

Despite rearranging the track entirely for acoustic guitar, the pair – Rodrigo Sánchez and Gabriela Quintero – stay remarkably true to the original, trading its military-style intro snare rolls for expertly delivered percussive slaps and James Hetfield's vocals for smooth, oft-slide-driven unplugged leads.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.