Acoustic guitar duo RODRIGO Y GABRIELA have announced plans to release a METALLICA covers EP in the next few months.
Natives of Mexico City, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero began their careers as members of TIERRA ACIDA (mp3), a heavy metal band which played on the city's underground gig circuit for seven years.
"Like a lot of Mexican youth, we were heavily influenced by American metal bands — METALLICA, MEGADETH, PANTERA, and also SEPULTURA," Gabriela explained. "It was a full band, very loud, and for vocals, Rodrigo would just scream. We played this way for seven years."
Since Rodrigo and Gabriela moved to Ireland from Mexico, they have released several albums, contributed to film soundtracks (last year's "Goldfish Memory") and sold out shows across Ireland and the U.K.
The group's current CD, "Live Manchester and Dublin", was recorded in Dublin's Christ Church Cathedral and the Manchester Academy over the last five months.
The album combines live performances from both cities and features four brand new compositions from the duo. Among the mix is their distinctive cover of METALLICA's "One" interwoven with Dave Brubek jazz classic "Take 5".
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA's version of METALLICA's "Orion", taken from the duo's self-titled debut CD — produced in a very limited edition and no longer available for sale — can be downloaded at this location.