For all of Metallica's musical triumphs over the years there have been missteps that even the fan club members would rather forget. They are one of the best metal bands in the world and pioneered bringing metal into the mainstream in a way that hadn't been done before. The San Francisco group has been putting out incredible albums since 1983 so having a few questionable songs in the catalog comes with the territory. Of course, some of them are certainly more questionable than others.
For a band that has a history of making metal look cool, there's bound to be some uncool standouts from time to time. Here are some of the most un-metal moments in the band's catalog.
Metallica's late 90's sound was more hard rock than metal and surprising formulaic for a band as inventive as Metallica. "Slither" is a little-known Metallica song from their album Reload, and it features an interesting vocal performance from Hetfield. With lyrics like "Watch the puppets dancing / See the clowns fall down" and a riff that sounds like a watered down version of "Enter Sandman," how the songs holds up against the band's best work is debatable.
2011's "Little Dog"
2011's Lulu, a collaborative album between Metallica and the late music legend Lou Reed, was the most divisive project in Metallica's history, second only to Some Kind Of Monster. Diehard fans appreciated Metallica's attempt at working outside their comfort zone while other fans blasted the project. "Little Dog" is a prime example of both the oddball collection of songs that made Lulu and the weirdly un-metal left turns Metallica has taken over the years.
2000's "I Disappear"
In some ways, "I Disappear" was the first in what would be the modern Metallica sound: a chunky riff, mid-tempo beat and lots of Hetfield howls. Written and recorded for the soundtrack to Mission Impossible II, the song was poorly received by critics following its release. One review called the song a "poorly written, poorly performed pile of rehashed hard rock."
Interestingly, the song is perhaps best known for being the one that was connected to the band's infamous battle with file-sharing program Napster.
Metallica's 1996 album Load was released a year before their album Reload and designed to be the first in what the band intended as a double album. Load was meant to be a departure and an attempt at experimentation. One of those experiments is "Ronnie," and it's certainly not the thrash metal fans were used to at the time.
The song, built around a bluesy riff, features a speaking part from Hetfield, who puts on something of a southern drawl to deliver the lyrics that are allegedly about a 1995 school shooting but delivers none of the power of Metallica classics like "Ride The Lightning."