ENTER SANDMAN Gets a Jazzy Makeover and It Rocks

Posted by Michael Mueller on March 31, 2010 at 7:52 AM

Whether you loved Metallica Version 2.0 or hated them, there is no arguing that their 1991 smash hit "Enter Sandman" is an anthem for the ages. Along with Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Enter Sandman" set the tone for rock music in the '90s, and helped bring both Metallica and heavy metal into the mainstream.

Andy RehfeldtWhile every budding rock star dreams of writing such a memorable riff or hit song, the reality is that very, very few do. But Los Angeles-area musician Andy Rehfeldt is doing the next best thing: he's achieving a modicum of YouTube fame with his stunning interpretation of the Metallica hit (along with songs by Lamb of God, Dragonforce, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Black Eyed Peas, and others).

Below is Rehfeldt's smooth jazz take on "Enter Sandman." While this has been done before, what makes his version stand out is not only his brilliant reharmonizations but also maintaining singer James Hetfield's live vocal. Although the intro seems to take awhile to gather steam, when the vocal kicks in, so does the evidence of Rehfeldt's interpretive genius. And his smooth jazz guitar solo ain't too shabby, either!

Rehfeldt plays all the instruments on the track. For more, go to his YouTube page, and visit him on MySpace.

Meanwhile, sit back and enjoy! And if you want the official Metallica guitar tab for "Enter Sandman," click here!

And thanks to my former colleague and brilliant guitarist in his own right, Chris Buono, for sharing this.

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Atomic Punk on March 31, 2010 at 10:04 PM

Very nice! I think I like the song again.