This Rendition of Metallica’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls” With Bells Will Make Your Day

    Yes, it's possible to make an early Metallica song sound positively cheerful.

    Metallica Bells

    It’s Wednesday and you might need some cheering up to help you get through your Hump Day Blues. We have just the thing here – a cover of Metallica’s badass song, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” performed with actual bells. It sounds SO much better than it might seem just through a description. Don’t take our word for it, though… you can watch the video below.

    This video is by Rob Scallon, a guy who has: played “Enter Sandman” in reverse, used a banjo to cover “Master of Puppets“, “Battery“, done every Metallica song in 4 minutes, and played “Blackened” on a ukelele. Clearly, Scallon likes to view Metallica through a distinctly different prism than many of us. There have been nearly 420,000 views of the “For Whom The Bell Tolls” cover since he uploaded it on May 1, so SOME people like it. Hopefully, two of them are named James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. They will probably take a kinder view of this than they did the original Napster.

    It must have taken a lot of time to edit this – it features nine differently-covered bells like the ones you might ring at a hotel customer service desk to get help, a xylophone, copper bowls, an ornately-crafted handheld bell, another section of at least 20 of the customer-service bells, a triangle and a host of other bell-like instruments. There’s no bell that can replicate the growl of an angry-sounding Hetfield, though.

    Granted, there is a dichotomy with a video featuring all these brightly-covered bells and glow-in-the-dark xylophones and a song that appeared on an album whose cover had an electric chair front and center. But hey… that’s the Internet for you. It would not be surprising to have someone do a cover of death metal on a kazoo. Whatever amuses people, right?  With all those views, Scallon is obviously doing something right. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next.