GH: Metallica songs, Wii differences detailed

The underground metal scene vomited all over its patch-covered denim vests in 1984 just because Metallica recorded a ballad.

Imagine the reaction if the band had released an NES game.

Nonetheless, Metallica revealed Friday a complete list of the songs included in Guitar Hero: Metallica, the legendary heavy metal band’s upcoming take on the wildly popular rhythm game franchise.

According to Metallica, the game will have 49 songs, 28 of which are their own. The other 21 are from artists Metallica were influenced by during their early years and newer bands influenced by Metallica.

Guitar Hero: Metallica includes the following songs:

– Hit The Lights (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
– Seek And Destroy (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
Whiplash (Kill ‘Em All, 1983)
Creeping Death (Ride The Lightning, 1984)
Fade To Black (Ride The Lightning, 1984)
– Fight Fire With Fire (Ride The Lightning, 1984)
For Whom The Bell Tolls (Ride The Lightning, 1984)
Battery (Master of Puppets, 1986)
– Disposable Heroes (Master Of Puppets, 1986)
Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets, 1986)
– Orion (Master Of Puppets, 1986)
The Thing That Should Not Be (Master Of Puppets, 1986)
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Master Of Puppets, 1986)
– Dyers Eve (…And Justice For All, 1988)
One (…And Justice For All, 1988)
– The Shortest Straw (…And Justice For All, 1988)
Enter Sandman (Metallica, 1991)
– Nothing Else Matters (Metallica, 1991)
Sad But True (Metallica, 1991)
The Unforgiven (Metallica, 1991)
Wherever I May Roam (Metallica, 1991)
– King Nothing (Load, 1996)
– Fuel (ReLoad, 1997)
– The Memory Remains (ReLoad, 1997)
– Mercyful Fate Medley (Garage, Inc., 1998)
No Leaf Clover (S&M, 1999)
– Frantic (St. Anger, 2003)
– All Nightmare Long (Death Magnetic, 2008)

From other artists:
Alice In Chains – No Excuses
Bob Seger – Turn The Page
Corrosion Of Conformity – Albatross
Diamond Head – Am I Evil?
Foo Fighters – Stacked Actors
Judas Priest – Hell Bent For Leather
Kyuss – Demon Cleaner
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Tuesday’s Gone
Machine Head – Beautiful Mourning
Mastodon – Blood And Thunder
Mercyful Fate – Evil
Michael Schenker Group – Armed And Ready
Moțrhead РAce Of Spades
Queen – Stone Cold Crazy
Samhain – Mother Of Mercy
Slayer – War Ensemble
Social Distortion – Mommy’s Little Monster
Suicidal Tendencies – War Inside My Head
System Of A Down – Toxicity
The Sword – Black River
Thin Lizzy – The Boys Are Back In Town

Purists and metal aficionados should be quite pleased with the final list. Of the 28 Metallica songs, only seven were recorded post-1991.

The band also outlined platform-specific differences in the game’s track list. For PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 owners who have already downloaded Metallica’s Death Magnetic album pack for Guitar Hero: World Tour, those songs will be carried over into the full game.

Because the Wii and PS2 versions do not support full downloadable albums, they will include Death Magnetic tracks “Broken, Beat and Scarred,” “Cyanide” and “My Apocalypse” on the game disc.

In addition, the game’s menus were designed by Pushead, the venerable punk rock and heavy metal artist who has designed most of the band’s shirts and promotional designs over the last 25 years.

As reported on Infendo last month, the Metallica version will bring interesting new features to Guitar Hero, including a new freestyle drum mode, DVD-style features like tour footage and photos, as well as Metallica and Slayer-inspired samples for GHTunes custom songs.

The new Expert Plus drumming mode may be the most exciting new feature, using a second bass pedal for driving double-bass rhythms. A second pedal will be included free with any GameStop preorder.

Guitar Hero: Metallica is currently scheduled for a Mar. 29 release on PS3 and Xbox 360. According to the band, the PS2 and Wii versions will probably be “coming in the spring, most likely in early May.”