Watch an all-female orchestra reimagine Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw”

Part of Little Kruta’s 2019 cover album ‘Justice.’

The all-female orchestra Little Kruta have shared a video recording of their rendition of Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw.”

In the haunting clip, recorded in a defunct Brooklyn church, the ensemble boldly reinterpret the …And Justice for All cut as a soaring orchestral anthem, courtesy of a string-heavy arrangement by Pierre Piscitelli and Lauren Desberg’s delicate vocals. “Suspicion is your name / Your honesty to blame / Put dignity to shame dishonor,” she opens on the track.

The cover originally appeared on Little Kruta’s 2019 album Justice, which reimagines Metallica’s 1988 record …And Justice for All for a classical orchestra. Per Bravewords.com, the entire album was recorded at the historic church in just a single day, and follows their May project Scenes from Isolation which was recorded during the pandemic lockdown.

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Meanwhile, Metallica have been busy with many covers and performances of their own, including frontman James Hetfield’s rendition of Bob Seger’s “Turn the Page” as well as a stripped-down cover of Alice in Chains’ “Would?”. Prior to that, they dropped a 22-track live album and concert film S&M2, which they previewed with a video of their 2019 performance of “Moth into Flame” alongside the San Francisco Symphony.

Watch Little Kruta make Metallica’s “The Shortest Straw” their own below:

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