Was JAMES HETFIELD trying to sound like “Wicked Game” singer CHRIS ISAAK on “The Black Album”? Well, yes, actually.
Bob Rock produced the album, and on a recent podcast he explained, quote, “[James] said, ‘Bob, I’ve never really sang before . . . I’ve just kind yelled.’
“He played me a Chris Isaak record, and he said, ‘On ‘Nothing Else Matters’ and ‘The Unforgiven’, I want to sing. How do you sing like this?'”
Bob said he worked with him so that he could become a good enough singer that he wouldn’t have to double his voice in the mix.
He added, quote, “We set it up so he was comfortable and had a great vocal sound, and then he sang. Every day he got better, and he got comfortable with it. He became a great singer.”