Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ performed on Renaissance lute is giving us life today

21 October 2016, 11:48

Metallica’s ‘Nothing Else Matters’ performed on Re

Metallica’s iconic ‘Nothing Else Matters’ is a masterpiece of accessible metal, and it was really only a matter of time before someone recorded it on a Renaissance lute.

The lines between hard rock and classical music, especially that of the Baroque period, have been well drawn for years now.

But this is a particularly righteous pairing for fans of Metallica and… err… John Downland. Lutenist David Hernández Romero has arranged the iconic melodic metal classic for his instrument - a 15-string beauty.

And far from being a po-faced re-imagining, it’s a delightful and stately work, making James Hetfield’s original sound like it really could’ve been written in the Renaissance period.

Metallica - Nothing Else Matters (Renaissance lute cover)

David Hernandez Romero's astonishing cover of the metal classic.

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And if you want to hear what the lute's big brother sounds like, check out this theorbo improvisation:

The fantastic sound of an early 17th-century theorbo

An improvisation from David Bergmüller at Itinéraire Baroque en Périgord Vert.

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