Track of the Day: 'Enter Sandman' by SHEL

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

A reader writes:

Hey Chris, I saw you put out an open call for “the most transformative cover songs.” The Nashville-based group SHEL just released a music video for their haunting cover of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman.” I think it’s a great example of a unique cover.

SHEL is the acronym of four classically trained sisters: Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboards, Eva on mandolin, and Liza on percussion and beatboxing. They’ve been compared to Haim and have a new record coming out soon.

I love how Nerdist’s Matt Grosinger puts it: “Let’s be honest, what is more metal than a creepy lullaby version of Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’?”

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