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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Sean Reveron was born & raised in Venice Beach, CA. He terrorized the streets of the West Side as a young Suicidal Boy, and was a part of the early Hardcore movement. Sean has always been passionate about the music and the DIY fashion of the crust and metal world, and that passion led him and his wife Meghan to create the world of CVLT Nation and the CVLT clothing brand.


  1. me
    May 9, 2015 at 11:14 am — Reply

    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

  2. May 9, 2015 at 10:49 am — Reply

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

  3. May 9, 2015 at 6:14 am — Reply

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

  4. May 9, 2015 at 12:57 am — Reply

    I noticed

  5. May 9, 2015 at 12:55 am — Reply

    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?

  6. May 9, 2015 at 12:44 am — Reply
  7. May 9, 2015 at 12:44 am — Reply
  8. May 8, 2015 at 11:24 pm — Reply

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

  9. May 8, 2015 at 10:46 pm — Reply


  10. May 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    I’m wasting my energy typing this post.

  11. May 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm — Reply

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

  12. May 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    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.

  13. May 8, 2015 at 2:35 pm — Reply

    Is not even that similar to be honest

  14. May 8, 2015 at 1:49 pm — Reply

    Now all videos even tied to this album have been removed

  15. May 8, 2015 at 1:24 pm — Reply

    Of course sme took the excel video down

  16. May 8, 2015 at 12:54 pm — Reply
  17. May 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    Still not as bad as “Rainbow Warrior “

  18. May 8, 2015 at 12:36 pm — Reply

    If so every Metal band need to pay Sabbath royalties.

  19. May 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm — Reply


  20. May 8, 2015 at 10:43 am — Reply

    Yes they did but excel ripped of pentagram

  21. May 8, 2015 at 10:24 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

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

  23. May 8, 2015 at 10:00 am — Reply

    Big surprise!

  24. May 8, 2015 at 9:42 am — Reply

    Yea they did

  25. May 8, 2015 at 9:09 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 8:59 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 8:57 am — Reply

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

  28. May 8, 2015 at 8:54 am — Reply

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

  29. May 8, 2015 at 8:42 am — Reply

    Why is anyone surprised?

  30. May 8, 2015 at 8:39 am — Reply

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

  31. May 8, 2015 at 8:34 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 8:11 am — Reply

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

  33. May 8, 2015 at 8:00 am — Reply

    I thought Metallica only did cover songs after Cliff died.

  34. May 8, 2015 at 7:51 am — Reply

    Who didn’t metallica rip off is the real question

  35. May 8, 2015 at 7:49 am — Reply

    Another reason to them Selloutica.

  36. May 8, 2015 at 7:29 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 7:19 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 7:11 am — Reply

    They should sue… Fuck metallica

  39. May 8, 2015 at 7:07 am — Reply

    Josh Bottomley

  40. May 8, 2015 at 7:02 am — Reply
  41. May 8, 2015 at 7:02 am — Reply

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

  42. May 8, 2015 at 7:01 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 6:59 am — Reply

    the black album sucks either way

  44. May 8, 2015 at 6:57 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 6:48 am — Reply

    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 — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 6:12 am — Reply

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

  48. duane nash
    May 8, 2015 at 6:12 am — Reply

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

  49. May 8, 2015 at 6:09 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 6:07 am — Reply

    metallica stole most of their riff from diamond head!

  51. May 8, 2015 at 6:05 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 5:59 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 5:44 am — Reply

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

  54. May 8, 2015 at 5:33 am — Reply
  55. May 8, 2015 at 5:31 am — Reply

    It doesn’t matter both Songs suck . lol

  56. May 8, 2015 at 5:30 am — Reply

    Metallica fans are pissed.

  57. May 8, 2015 at 5:08 am — Reply

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

  58. May 8, 2015 at 4:56 am — Reply

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

  59. May 8, 2015 at 4:56 am — Reply

    Metallica ripped off a spreadsheet. Makes sense.

  60. May 8, 2015 at 4:52 am — Reply

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

  61. May 8, 2015 at 4:51 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 4:29 am — Reply

    They also ripped off this song

  63. May 8, 2015 at 4:28 am — Reply

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

  64. May 8, 2015 at 3:50 am — Reply

    Got in pretty late on this news, lads.

  65. May 8, 2015 at 3:49 am — Reply

    YES. Metallica petty much ripped off numerous bands from England

  66. May 8, 2015 at 3:30 am — Reply

    MEGADETH > Metallica

  67. May 8, 2015 at 3:23 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 2:50 am — Reply

    wow newsflash! never heard of Diamond Head??

  69. May 8, 2015 at 2:48 am — Reply

    Every retard should sue Lars for ripping them off.

  70. May 8, 2015 at 2:47 am — Reply

    still good to hear it! either way…

  71. May 8, 2015 at 2:41 am — Reply

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

  72. May 8, 2015 at 2:34 am — Reply


  73. May 8, 2015 at 2:30 am — Reply

    does anyone proofread these “articles”?

  74. May 8, 2015 at 2:27 am — Reply

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

  75. May 8, 2015 at 2:24 am — Reply


  76. May 8, 2015 at 2:21 am — Reply

    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. May 8, 2015 at 2:16 am — Reply

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

    • May 8, 2015 at 2:37 am — Reply

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

  78. May 8, 2015 at 2:08 am — Reply

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

  79. May 8, 2015 at 2:05 am — Reply

    bathory also

  80. May 8, 2015 at 2:04 am — Reply

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

  81. May 8, 2015 at 2:04 am — Reply

    Who cares, gateway trash anyway.

  82. May 8, 2015 at 2:03 am — Reply

    in that case Sabbath could sue everyone

  83. May 8, 2015 at 2:02 am — Reply

    Que que?!

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