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Metallica, Rip Off Artists…
They Stole Their Biggest Hit From EXCEL

So last night, I was kicking back listening to EXCEL’s The Joke’s On You album, and then it happened! Their song “Tapping into the Emotional Void” started playing, and I said to myself, damn, I know that riff! A memory of Dan’s voice came into my head, telling me that Metallica had ripped them off and used it for their breakout hit “Enter Sandman.” I can’t recall the exact story, but it seems that both bands shared some acquaintances who turned Metallica on to Excel. EXCEL’s song came out at least two years before “Enter Sandman.” They pursed a case against Lars and his cronies, but it never went anywhere. It’s also ironic that Metallica did everything in their power to stop Napster, while all along they had stolen their biggest hit!!! Below is a version of each band’s song – NOW it’s time for you to be the judge, did Metallica rip off EXCEL? The justice in all of this is that with all of their money, the members of Metallica seem like very unhappy people. Metallica: do the right thing, and give EXCEL the props they deserve for writing “Enter Sandman.” In closing, I’d just like to say that I don’t think Cliff would have allowed them to rip off another band the way they did…The Joke’s On You, Metallica!


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  1. Brian

    August 25, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Metallica stole lyric from Raydons and Spring Awakenings “I’m F****D Out of luck, Self Destruct” chorus from both groups. Both are on Metallica radar as they are hardcore punk groups which Metallica as mined and stolen heavily from other Thrash groups. The crazy lunatic Dave Mustaine adds believability to them being full on theives. Since he is a nut.

  2. me

    May 9, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Sure, the joke is on Metallica. They’ve made millions on that song. I wish I could get a joke like that played on me

  3. Dabs

    May 9, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Both bands are horrible. I hope they all die of A.I.D.S. from violent sexual assaults.

  4. Ikaros Totinen

    May 9, 2015 at 6:14 am

    How about stone, Lars is still on defence about that one? Fucking shit eater. Drink beer, fuck metallica.

  5. Karl D'Amico

    May 9, 2015 at 12:57 am

    I noticed

  6. CVLT Nation

    May 9, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Since this feature was posted less than 24 hours ago almost all of EXCEL’s music has been taken off of You tube…I wonder why?

  7. Karl D'Amico

    May 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

  8. Karl D'Amico

    May 9, 2015 at 12:44 am

  9. Alex Metzger

    May 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Metallica kind of had a habit of doing this long before the Black Album. Just sayin’.

  10. Jeff VVooten

    May 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm


  11. Michael Tagliabue

    May 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I’m wasting my energy typing this post.

  12. Himanshu Thakuria

    May 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    I think metallica ripped off that riff from the opening riff of Toxik’s ‘spontaneous’.

  13. Brian Skala

    May 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    I remember this it was a joke then and was on Excel. Absolutely a joke. Sounded like a desperate plea to get some money as they were struggling as a band then. The two songs are greatness but now the Excel song will always be known as the band laughingly trying to sue the biggest metal band ever. Quite pathetic.

  14. Andrés Rojas A

    May 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Is not even that similar to be honest

  15. Nathan Lawver

    May 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Now all videos even tied to this album have been removed

  16. Jay Wilson

    May 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Of course sme took the excel video down

  17. Damien Carter

    May 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Still not as bad as “Rainbow Warrior “

  18. Damian Llewellyn

    May 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    If so every Metal band need to pay Sabbath royalties.

  19. Joe James

    May 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm


  20. Burnt Reynolds

    May 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Yes they did but excel ripped of pentagram

  21. Frank M Grengo

    May 8, 2015 at 10:24 am

    The riff is similar but not close enough to say they ripped it off. The riff at 2:47-3:00 sounds very similar to the opening riff in Metallica’s Cyanide too! I wonder if metallica did that on purpose.

  22. Satan's Toenail

    May 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Not that similar but if you’re going to nip-pick Excel rip off Rush – YYZ at 2.45.

  23. Rachel Belle Shallanberger

    May 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Big surprise!

  24. Scourgeon Cruz

    May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Yea they did

  25. John Brown

    May 8, 2015 at 9:09 am

    It’s because all the metal bands of that era sounded the same so of course they’re going to sound the same. None of them stood out. Other than music to work out to their music is kind of worthless to me.

  26. Hal Wagner

    May 8, 2015 at 8:59 am

    People should get over how Metallica used to be good and just listen to fucking Hirax if you still give a shit about thrash metal. Loads of bands out their still thrashing it up . and when it comes to metal everyone rips riffs from everyone . it’s the nature of the beast .

  27. Pat Bee

    May 8, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Well…..yup, thats it. I guess they can fall back on their Napster defense, “OOooopppps!”

  28. Tony Killebrew

    May 8, 2015 at 8:54 am

    everybody likes to piss on metallica and megadeth, but they all own of have owned something by them lol

  29. Brando Scumpy

    May 8, 2015 at 8:42 am

    Why is anyone surprised?

  30. Bones Malone

    May 8, 2015 at 8:39 am

    they’re similar but different from a musical theory standpoint. close enough to say they ripped it? i’d say so

  31. Tony Killebrew

    May 8, 2015 at 8:34 am

    people want to put megadeth on a higer level than metalica, but they have stole people songs as well. There are riffs that Dave lifted from older Holy Terror discs, that are on hanger 18. Jerry only has a “story” about metallica stealing “where ever i may roam” from him, because he had the concept of the song in a guitar case that got left backstage at a metallica show.

  32. Joseph Magnuson

    May 8, 2015 at 8:11 am

    CVLT Nation: now reporting Metallica gossip. Hey, it got those clicks and comments, right?

  33. Ross Stapf

    May 8, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I thought Metallica only did cover songs after Cliff died.

  34. Wyatt Burton

    May 8, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Who didn’t metallica rip off is the real question

  35. Kody Riley

    May 8, 2015 at 7:49 am

    Another reason to them Selloutica.

  36. Nick Serapheum

    May 8, 2015 at 7:29 am

    Not the same riff at all IMO. Has same 2 notes in sequence but that is it. That does NOT make them the same;

  37. Henry Quackenbush

    May 8, 2015 at 7:19 am

    Proud to say never saw them owned a shirt album by them they have always sucked. Excel was more popular with my skater/bmx

  38. Jonathan Karl

    May 8, 2015 at 7:11 am

    They should sue… Fuck metallica

  39. Hedley Lamarr

    May 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Josh Bottomley

  40. Mark Masching

    May 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

  41. Farron Loathing

    May 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Yup. Man, Excel / Haywire / Headfirst at the Cuntry Club ? That was a fine fucking show.

  42. Timothy D White

    May 8, 2015 at 7:01 am

    This is so old.

    I’ll give metallivca the benefit of the doubt that they indeed came up with that shitty of a riff all by there lonesome. Once they ran out of mustaine material, and quit recycling diamondhead riffs, then enter-sandman us what you wind up with.

    Basic math, really.

  43. Frank Callaghan

    May 8, 2015 at 6:59 am

    the black album sucks either way

  44. Aneeq Zaman

    May 8, 2015 at 6:57 am

    You will find many songs with inter-similar riffs. If you say “Tapping Into the Emotional Void”, ill say maybe “25 Years (Pantera)” has the main riff similar to Sandman. Shit happens. Bands are inspired by other bands, when you listen to stuff you love, it comes in your playing too and Metallica openly say they have been inspired by a lot of bands and their music shows it. Most of those bands appeared on Garage cover albums.

  45. Zachary Fabre

    May 8, 2015 at 6:48 am

    I still stand by the fact cliff was the only talented dude to ever be in Metallica.

  46. mrpete987

    May 8, 2015 at 6:41 am

    I’m not even that big of a Metallica fan, and I don’t agree. That tritone resolving to the 5th isn’t that uncommon in metal music, and it’s not really even used in the same way contextually in these two songs. In Enter Sandman, it’s used as a looping figure repeated three times with a turnatound. In the Excel song, it’s used as part of a two-phase riff segment with a descending line at the end. The melodic idea is similar, yes, but I think it’s hard to suggest Excel “wrote” Enter Sandman.

  47. Jesse Moore

    May 8, 2015 at 6:12 am

    Welcome to a conversation every skate rat & thrasher kid had 25 years ago.

  48. duane nash

    May 8, 2015 at 6:12 am

    They are only similar in the most superficial way,,. come on guys you can write better stuff this article belongs on metalsucks.

  49. Justin Frazier

    May 8, 2015 at 6:09 am

    That being said. Every band has borrowed from someone else. It’s just that some do it more than others and don’t hide it as well.

  50. L'utente Qualunque

    May 8, 2015 at 6:07 am

    metallica stole most of their riff from diamond head!

  51. Justin Frazier

    May 8, 2015 at 6:05 am

    If you’ve listened to either song then you can clearly tell that Metallica ripped the riff from Excel to write Enter Sandman. It’s not the first time they were inspired by another bands music and decided to make it theirs. Listen to the opening acoustic part of Fade to Black and then go listen to Pink Floyd’s Goodbye Blue Sky. Hmm…

  52. Syd Williams

    May 8, 2015 at 5:59 am

    Saw Excel many times in the 80s ..90s. Good band. .enjoyed their stuff very much..along with their bros Suicidal Beowulf and No Mercy….find it odd that some here never heard of them..

  53. Tero Luoma

    May 8, 2015 at 5:44 am

    I’m pretty sure Niki Minaj stole twinkle twinkle little star

  54. Kyle Tavares

    May 8, 2015 at 5:33 am

  55. Hal Wagner

    May 8, 2015 at 5:31 am

    It doesn’t matter both Songs suck . lol

  56. Jamie Jardine

    May 8, 2015 at 5:30 am

    Metallica fans are pissed.

  57. James Barela

    May 8, 2015 at 5:08 am

    Enter Sandman is a direct rip off of Falling Asleep by Death Angel.

  58. Alan Westerman

    May 8, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Compare Black Album and later Metallica to Kyuss. They’re “rip off and water down” artists and have been for decades.

  59. Idene Roozbayani

    May 8, 2015 at 4:56 am

    Metallica ripped off a spreadsheet. Makes sense.

  60. Andrea Petrosinelli

    May 8, 2015 at 4:52 am

    If by “rip off”, you mean compose a somewhat derived, pop-rock radio friendly dumbed down version with horrible lyrics… Then yes.

  61. Matt Urchick

    May 8, 2015 at 4:51 am

    People carry on about how Metallica sucks, but pay so much attention to them…as if everyone is obligated to have an informed opinion on them…

  62. Samir Beuse

    May 8, 2015 at 4:29 am

    They also ripped off this song

  63. Mike Rensmaag

    May 8, 2015 at 4:28 am

    And Excel ripped of Rush’s YYZ @ 2:46 of their song, Tapping Into the Emotional Void. lol

  64. Hassan Amin

    May 8, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Got in pretty late on this news, lads.

  65. Nilanjan Mukherjee

    May 8, 2015 at 3:49 am

    YES. Metallica petty much ripped off numerous bands from England

  66. Emily V. Scott

    May 8, 2015 at 3:30 am

    MEGADETH > Metallica

  67. Arnold Piet

    May 8, 2015 at 3:23 am

    Oh woop di fucking doo we found similar songs.
    And just because we had fine articles in the past, we are now going to fuck up our hard build reputation with utter shitty articles.
    You could have made something fun out of it with so much more bands.
    Do what you are fucking payed to do! INVESTIGATE!
    I mean. the example you chose.. finding 1 song with E – A# combinations isnt that hard to find. Take some pride in your work damnit!

    -Now, please… Go fuck yourselves.

  68. Filip Adriaens

    May 8, 2015 at 2:50 am

    wow newsflash! never heard of Diamond Head??

  69. Brute Reynolds

    May 8, 2015 at 2:48 am

    Every retard should sue Lars for ripping them off.

  70. Alfred Natcho

    May 8, 2015 at 2:47 am

    still good to hear it! either way…

  71. Gary Edgar

    May 8, 2015 at 2:41 am

    And Sabbath should sue everyone . Plaease , weak & old article .

  72. Bryon Swafford

    May 8, 2015 at 2:34 am


  73. Dustin Hicks

    May 8, 2015 at 2:30 am

    does anyone proofread these “articles”?

  74. Colin Gardner

    May 8, 2015 at 2:27 am

    R.L. Stein should sue for the use of Slappy The Dummy without his permission.

  75. Mark Owen

    May 8, 2015 at 2:24 am


  76. Matt Harvey

    May 8, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Who? Nobody cares about this Excel band, did they steal their name from Microsoft? So, someone used the same notes in a riff. Fuck, call the cops.

  77. Brit Peacock

    May 8, 2015 at 2:16 am

    No Sean, the joke’s on you for repeatedly getting the Metallica song title wrong

    • Brit Peacock

      May 8, 2015 at 2:37 am

      (They’ve corrected it now but it did read “Enter the Sandman”)

  78. Marc Renokid

    May 8, 2015 at 2:08 am

    that’s some really old news… it has been known for a very long time…

  79. Cromlek Fernandez

    May 8, 2015 at 2:05 am

    bathory also

  80. Μιχαήλ Ανδρέας

    May 8, 2015 at 2:04 am

    thats weird, it sounds nothing like ride the lightning….

  81. Joseph MacTàmhais

    May 8, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Who cares, gateway trash anyway.

  82. Saul Chavez

    May 8, 2015 at 2:03 am

    in that case Sabbath could sue everyone

  83. Joseph Guzman

    May 8, 2015 at 2:02 am

    Que que?!

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