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Man records ‘Enter Sandman’ backward for insane Metallica cover

If you've ever wanted to hear a Metallica song recorded backward, this is your big chance.


Josh Katzowitz

Internet Culture

Posted on May 5, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 10:11 pm CDT

One YouTube user and musician has taken it upon himself to rename the month and make it May-tallica. And to celebrate, he’s done something amazing.

Rob Scallon has recorded himself playing Metallica‘s “Enter Sandman” backward. Which you can then listen to forward (though it kind of sounds backward). You can also just listen to it backward. Yeah, it’s pretty mind-bending.

As Scallon himself said, via, “It’s definitely the most confusing thing I’ve done so far.”

Take a look and listen here.

Aside from regurgitating a glass of wine and pulling an uneaten pretzel out of his throat, did you get it? Me, I had a tough time wrapping my head around it. Maybe to simplify everything (or to make everything that much more confusing), here’s how it sounded when Scallon originally recorded the tune backward.

Still confused? Sort of? You’re probably not alone. Either way, there are three things we know for sure. 1) Scallon is a talented dude (I’m pretty sure of this, anyway); 2) This is my second-favorite “Enter Sandman” cover video (my No. 1 is here); and 3) This isn’t even a trick that Val Kilmer in Top Secret could pull off.

Screengrab via Rob Scallon/YouTube

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*First Published: May 5, 2015, 9:00 am CDT