4 out of 5
Produced by: Rodrigo
Label: ATO Records
When you are badasses at what you do, no shame in occasionally showing it off.
Rodrigo y Gabriela have proven themselves plenty capable of creating their own excellent acoustic dueling guitar compositions inspired, in part, by metal. On the logically titled Mettal EP, they offer up some unreleased covers of some classic tracks – Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer. And if’n you don’t know ’em, the presentation is an excellent way to be amazed by the artistry of the originals, a well as, of course, our guitarists’ awesome rendition of them, precise and clean and flamenco-y.
I’ve only knocked a star off here because giving us a single-sided vinyl with an etched side is a cool idea, except the etched side is… just lines. Cool? So a knock for the disappointing B-side artwork, but either way – force these on your non metal-listening friends and family and waggle your eyebrows with delight over them appreciating covers of tracks they’d never listen to otherwise.