Maybe it’s just a musician thing in general, but certainly throughout the progressive roots scene there is a distinct affinity for classic metal amongst the singers and players. And few metal bands have a more household name than Metallica.
Today Rootfire premieres a moving rendition of Metallica’s “The Unforgiven” by Italian-born roots artist Alborosie, out everywhere June 15 on Greensleeves Records as part of the Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United album. Taking on such an ageless hit is a high-stakes game, but Alborosie is throwing down aces with his interpretation of the rock classic. Snare drum roll meets arpeggiated guitar and chimes to intro the song, providing a proper tip-of-the-hat to the original before hitting listeners with that heavy reggae drum and bass. Solid riddim aside, it’s the vocals that carry this tune, and it’s in the lyrics that Alborosie has taken his greatest liberty, presenting a story line unique from, yet relevant to the original. Adding to the impact is fellow reggae roots revivalists Raging Fyah on vocals.
Being bold in the face of expectations is nothing new to Alborosie. From his role in pioneering reggae music in Italy, to his rough reception after moving to Jamaica to pursue a solo career, to being the first white artist to win a MOBO award in the Best Reggae Act category, Alborosie has stayed true to his talent and dedication, allowing him to rise above stereotypes and assumptions. In his adaptation of “The Unforgiven,” Alborosie has once again proven his ability to push boundaries and sound damn good doing so.
“The Unforgiven” from Alborosie ft. Raging Fyah is available everywhere June 15 on Greensleeves Records as part of the Unbreakable – Alborosie Meets The Wailers United album. Pre-order your copy today.