If you’re hoping Metallica will someday remix . . . And Justice For All, don’t hold your breath.
Even though the 1988 album sounds terrible, with no bass tone, guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield said the band won’t revisit any of their older stuff to tweak it – even if they wanted to.
“These records are a product of a certain time in life – they’re snapshots of history and they’re part of our story,” Hetfield told Red Bulletin. “There are things I would like to change on some of the records – but it gives them so much character that you can’t change them.”
While many fans would love a remix of Justice with Jason Newsted’s bass louder in the mix, it’s unlikely.
Hetfield acknowledged that record didn’t have the best production, but said it’s a part of the band’s days of yore.
“OK, so … And Justice for All could use a little more low end and St. Anger could use a little less tin snare drum, but those things are what make those records part of our history,” explained the 53-year-old riffmaster. “I find it a little frustrating when bands re-record classic albums with pretty much the same songs and have it replace the original. It erases that piece of history.”
A perfect example is how Motley Crue redid the track “Shout At The Devil” on their 1997 Generation Swine album, turning a great, classic track into a semi-industrial piece of garbage.
Part of what makes Metallica’s classic stuff so good is its inherent rawness, even St. Anger which was such a detour for the band.