Acclaimed classical-fusion guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have released their new, reimagined cover of Metallica Master of Puppets favorite, “Battery”. The cover is set to be included on their forthcoming METTAL EP, due out via ATO Records on Black Friday, November 29th, as a one-sided 12” vinyl Record Store Day First release, limited to 2,500 and available only at independent record stores. Side B will feature an art etching.

The new Rodrigo y Gabriela EP comes as a companion piece to their most recent album, METTAVOLUTION, which featured another notable genre-bending cover: an 18+ minute rendition of Pink Floyd‘s “Echoes”.

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On this new companion EP, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero pay tribute to the icons of thrash metal with three new, unreleased covers. In addition to their rendition of Metallica’s “Battery”, the album features takes on Megadeth‘s “Holy War” and Slayer‘s “Seasons In The Abyss”. All three tracks were produced by Sanchez in Oslo, Norway and finished at the dup’s own Lumbini Studio in Ixtapa, Zihuatenejo, Mexico. The METTAL EP was mixed by Jim Monti (Slipknot, Metallica, KoRN) and mastered by Grammy-winner Ted Jensen (Bring Me The Horizon, Disturbed, Halestorm) at Sterling Sound in Nashville, TN.

“It’s no secret that we love Metallica,” says Sanchez. “Master Of Puppets changed everything for us when we first heard it all those years ago.”

“We’ve played parts of ‘Battery’ in our live set for many years,” says Quintero. “We’re so happy to release our studio version in full for our fans. Thank you to the fans for coming with us on this trip, and eternal gratitude to Metallica for the incredible music.”

Listen to the new Rodrigo y Gabriela studio cover of “Battery” by Metallica as well as the original version (for reference) below. You can also stream it on the platform of your choice here.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – “Battery” [Metallica cover]

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Metallica – “Battery”

Rodrigo y Gabriela are currently traveling the world on their lengthy METTAVOLUTION headlining tour, with U.S. dates scheduled through mid-December. See below for a list of upcoming dates and head here for more information.


19 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
20 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
22 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
23 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Paramount Theatre
24 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
26 – Joliet, IL – Rialto Square Theatre
27 – Louisville, KY – The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts
29 – McKee’s Rocks, PA – Roxian Theatre
30 – Harrisburg, PA – The Forum Auditorium

2 – Durham, NC – Durham Performing Arts Center
3 – Asheville, NC –Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
4 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Gaillard Center
6 – Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach

MARCH 2020
12 – Sugar Land, TX – Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land
20-21 – Monterrey, Mexico – Tecate Pa’l Norte Festival *


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