Metallica is one of the greatest metal bands of all time, revolutionizing the genre and dragging thrash metal into the mainstream at a time when Poison and Bon Jovi ruled the charts. Thus, like any other influential band, there are countless tribute albums floating around the metal underground in honor of the headbanging foursome. Phantom Lords is one of these, offering 13 covers that are quite faithful to the original versions. The occasional song is given a different take, such as the industrial reworking of "The Thing That Should Not Be" from Low Gear and the goth metal run-through of "Fade to Black" by Pro-fe-cia. But even these aren't very different from the original versions, merely adding keyboards and sound effects where there was previously nothing. Still, the artists here are obviously ardent fans that put a lot of energy and passion into their covers. It's just that Metallica did it better, and faithfully covering these songs only emphasizes how good the original versions were. Collectors may want to hunt this down, but few will find this nearly as engaging as a real Metallica album.
AllMusic Review by Bradley Torreano