I have a special relationship with Metallica‘s Nothing Else Matters. That song, along with the second solo in Pink Floyd‘s Comfortably Numb are the reasons that I wanted to learn how to play guitar. It’s a song that, when it comes on the radio or my iTunes, I leave on and appreciate every moment. From the 3/4 time signature to the amazing way it builds in energy and passion, it’s a song that has, in my opinion, become a timeless classic.
So I’m always eager to see how people take it and try to make something new from it. Apocalyptica did an amazing four-cello version of it that is incredibly haunting. Both Aaron Lewis of Staind and Sully Erna of Godsmack have covered it with great success. But the guy below is on a completely different level. Using only his four-string bass, he tackles the entire song, including the chords, vocal melody, and solos. He also knows how to build up the anticipation, starting out simply, building on one technical prowess after another as the song progresses. Basically, he’s a badass. Check out the cover below and leave your thoughts.
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