Robert Trujillo names surprising track as best Metallica introductory song

Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has revealed the song he believes is the best to introduce to prospective new fans of the metal icons.

Across a 40-year career and 10 studio albums, the band have shared hundreds of songs, and Trujillo picked a somewhat off-the-wall choice for what he believes is the best one to play to listeners you hope to convert.

“For me that’s pretty easy,” Trujillo told Revolver when being asked the question as part of the publication’s ‘Point Of Entry’ series, which asks bands which song of theirs they would use to introduce the band to a new listener.

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After picking ‘Master Of Puppets’ track ‘Disposable Heroes’, he explained: “The reason is because it’s really in a lot of ways – especially in metal – the perfect balance of what I call ‘power groove’.”

“I liked that song before I even joined the band,” he added. “I used to go running in the hills in the Santa Monica mountains to prepare for Suicidal Tendencies tours. I had three or four cassettes that motivated me: one of them was ‘Master Of Puppets’, and then, like, [Slayer‘s] ‘Reign In Blood’ and [Metallica’s] ‘Ride The Lightning’ were in there, too. That’s how I really, really dissected and discovered ‘Master Of Puppets’.”

Metallica’s Rob Trujillo (Picture: Getty)

Going on to explain about his choice further, Trujillo said: “‘Disposable Heroes‘ has that groove that leans more in that sort of headbanging kind of funky zone… Slayer has that, too, with certain songs. And then at the same time it shifts gears, and you get the speed in there.

“It’s very well-crafted and has a little bit of everything, well, not even a little bit, it’s got a lot of everything. It’s always one of my go-to classic Metallica songs. Now, I know some people call it a deep cut … but ‘Disposable Heroes‘ would be my go-for-broke Metallica classic song right there, ’cause it has everything.”

The somewhat unexpected track is also the favourite Metallica song of Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, who said earlier this year: “I flipped the [‘Master Of Puppets’] tape and that first song is fucking ‘Disposable Heroes’ and all of a sudden I just had my head ripped off.

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“I was just like, ‘This is the greatest fucking song.’ That riff is so stupid rad. I can’t even fucking explain it. The song just kept building and building and building… yeah, to this day it’s my favourite fucking Metallica song. It’s so rad.”

Elsewhere, last weekend (September 24) saw Metallica joined by country singer Mickey Guyton at a New York performance for a powerful rendition of ‘Nothing Else Matters’.

Guyton joined the band’s headlining set at Global Citizen Festival, which took place at New York City’s Central Park. “Finally a real singer!” James Hetfield remarked on Guyton’s appearance, before the singer belted through the song’s verses and delivered a riveting duet with Hetfield on the track’s chorus.

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Ozzy Osbourne says ’13’ “wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album”

Ozzy Osbourne has said that he feels that the last Black Sabbath album ’13’ wasn’t really one of the band’s records.

The former Black Sabbath singer was discussing his new solo album ‘Patient Number 9’ in an interview when he was asked to reflect on the group’s seemingly final ever record, which was released in 2013.

Asked by Stereogum if he still feels good about where ’13’ left things, he responded: “Not really, because, to be perfectly honest, I didn’t really get a charge from the album. Although [producer] Rick Rubin is a good friend of mine, I wasn’t really… I was just singing.

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“It was like stepping back in time, but it wasn’t a glorious period. Though Geezer [Butler, Black Sabbath bassist] did a lot of lyric writing for me, which he’s very, very good at. It wasn’t an earth-shattering experience for me.”

Osbourne was then asked whether he thinks Black Sabbath are “totally done”.

Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performing together at the Commonwealth Games closing ceremony at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham
Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne perform live in 2022. CREDIT: Getty

“I would like to say it’s completely done,” he replied. “I think it’s time. The only thing I really regret, to be honest, is that Bill Ward [original Black Sabbath drummer] didn’t play on the [’13’] album. It wasn’t really a Black Sabbath album.”

Osbourne continued: “I’m not saying that one day we might not all go in a room and come up with the perfect Black Sabbath album. But I’ll say, [’13’] wasn’t recorded the way Black Sabbath recorded records. We’d gone right back past the point where we took charge, back to when someone else had full control of our recording. Which we never did from ‘Vol. 4’ onwards.”

In other news, it was revealed recently that Osbourne recorded additional tracks with Taylor Hawkins that didn’t make it onto his new album.

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Late Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins is credited on three songs on Osbourne’s 13th solo record: ‘Parasite’, ‘Mr Darkness’, and ‘God Only Knows’. According to producer Andrew Watt, Hawkins contributed to more cuts that were held back for a future release.

two side by side images of Ozzy Osbourne (left) and Taylor Hawkins (right) performing live on-stage
Ozzy Osbourne and Taylor Hawkins perform live. CREDIT: Getty

“There’s a bunch of other stuff with Ozzy and Taylor, as well, that’s going to be used for another thing,” Watt told Rolling Stone.

‘Patient Number 9’ also features Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili PeppersEric ClaptonJeff Beck, and Osbourne’s Black Sabbath bandmate Tony Iommi.

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