Every Metallica fan knows about the shift between ‘Old’ Metallica, and ‘New’ Metallica. It happened in between the ‘…And Justice For All’, and ‘Metallica’ albums. The songs became more radio friendly, and a big part of that was the change in James Hetfield’s vocal style. He was actually singing more on ‘Metallica’. But what was it that influenced Hetfield in this new direction? The band’s producer Bob Rock says that it was a guy that was popular at the time…but you’d never guess who it was.
You can hear the difference between pre ‘Metallica’ James and post ‘Metallica’ James before and after the 00:11 mark in this video: