Song Of The Day: Rodrigo y Gabriela – Orion (2006)

Rich Karfilis recalls: If I were to suggest a flamenco guitar version of a Metallica song, you would likely suspect some kind of flaky twee novelty number, but even though Rodrigo and Gabriela are a Mexican acoustic classical guitar duo, it’s not flamenco and it certainly isn’t twee. These two used to play in metal bands, and it shows. They bring an inventiveness and an energy that you don’t see in traditional flamenco duos. It’s incredible the sounds — the banging and the shredding — that they generate out their guitars. It’s brilliant stuff, and it speaks to the underappreciated melodicism of Metallica as much as it does to the talents of these two.

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