Celtic Frost’s Tom Gabriel Fischer, also known by his stage names of Tom G. Warrior and Satanic Slaughter was interviewed by Rolling Stone, and he had some choice words about Metallica. Specifically covering his songs, and James Hetfield hunting bears as a hobby.
During an April 2018 concert Metallica members Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett performed “Procreation Of The Wicked”, and in May 2019 they covered “The Usurper” by Celtic Frost. These performances are referred to as “Doodles” in Metallica’s setlists, and part of a series the band does covering songs from their biggest musical heroes and influences.
Tom Gabriel Fischer said regarding these “Doodles”:
“They butchered it, and it was humiliating. Why don’t they leave their millionaire fingers off it? They’ve long lost the ability to play true metal in my opinion. Maybe I should go on stage and do a really miserable version of ‘Hit The Lights’ with, like, 200 mistakes to set the balance.”
He then added, referring to James Hetfield:
“This is completely personal, and I know probably the majority of your readers will not share this feeling, but even if they had done a fantastic job, I could puke all over it because I don’t support people who go hunting bears for a hobby.”
Probably safe to say that Celtic Frost’s won’t be covered again by Metallica. You can check out Hammett and Trujillo’s version’s below and make your own judgement.