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Metallica’s ‘One’ Covered by Young Woman on Ancient Chinese Instrument Guzheng

It’s time for some metal played on non-metal instruments! In this clip, Michelle Kwan (not the Olympic ice skater) rocks Metallica‘s ‘One’ on the incredibly complex guzheng.

We know you’re all familiar with Metallica, but here’s a little info about the guzheng. The Chinese instrument usually features 18-21 strings and movable bridges. Early guzhengs began to emerge during the Warring States period (475-221 BCE), though the modern instrument has evolved over the centuries. The instrument can produce some beautiful and unique sounds, even when used to cover a metal masterpiece like ‘One.’

If you think musicians who have mastered the Chapman Stick or Warr guitar are impressive, you’ll be mesmerized by the guzheng. We posted about Kwan covering Guns N’ Roses‘ ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ on the instrument last year, and with ‘One,’ it’s obvious she hasn’t missed a step. Kwan goes through ‘One’ with insane precision, even nailing Kirk Hammett‘s ripping solos in the process.

Metallica fan or not, you won’t want to miss this awesome cover. Check it out in the video above!

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