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.
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: