Metallica Accused Of ‘Ripping Off’ Classic: ‘If They Win Grammy, I’m Gonna Sue’


Dark Angel drummer Gene Hoglan said in a new Dean Delray ‘Let There Be Talk’ interview that he once joked about suing the members of Metallica for allegedly “ripping off” a Dark Angel’s “Darkness Descends” for their classic “One”.

Delray said “One” was a great example of how the use of unison sextuplets between a wall of guitars and Lars Ulrich’s aggressively EQ’d kick drums helped change how double-bass drums were used in hard rock and metal.

Hoglan said, “I’ll flat out tell you, that comes from a Dark Angel song. That comes from ‘Darkness Descends’ [the title track of Dark Angel’s 1986 album]. And it’s well known in the scene that as soon as [Metallica] put out ‘One’, I got so many phone calls going, ‘You know those guys are ripping you off.'”

“We had [Metallica’s longtime] soundman, ‘Big’ Mick [Hughes], we had him on a tour, and Metallica was up for the Grammy at the time, but it hadn’t been announced or anything yet. And I was joking that, ‘If they win the Grammy, I’m gonna sue.’ [I was] totally joking. And Mick was, like, ‘You should. They’ll probably give you a hundred grand to shut you up.’ And I was, like, ‘I’m not gonna become the pariah of the metal scene by suing Metallica.’ Everybody’s stolen Metallica riffs.”

Hoglan said he believed ‘everything’ in “One” was inspired by “Darkness Descends”.

“The whole everything. The drum part, definitely. And that’s why I just thought it was kind of funny. The first line in the whole thing is, ‘Darkness…’ And it comes right from ‘Darkness Descends’, opening track on the second [Dark Angel] record. So, as soon as you hear it, you’d catch it.”

  • nikoliy

    … This article is a total ripoff !!! Completely plagiarized. I have used all these words and letters. A lot of them I used in similar centences. When do I get my 100 grand…

    • Will Thomas

      I was going to say the exact same thing but thought I wouldn’t write it since you already said it. Don’t want to plagiarize or totally rip you off. But as I’m writing this I have the feeling it’s been said before and now I’m liable …damn it

    • Tyrone Blackman

      But what does Dave Grohl think?

      • Geniu Mecanic

        And Billy Corgan? What did he think?

        • Berkeley5th

          Did Frances Bean wear anything skimpy and not talk about it?

        • Tyrone Blackman

          Stay tuned…they are about to reveal the heartbreaking reaction from grunge legend Billy corgan

    • Chris

      30 years later. Really? Dark Angle sucked anyway. Dude must be out of cash .

  • Tyrone Blackman

    Not lawsuit worthy, but he definitely has a point.

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  • Joe Hall

    These guys are pissed cuz they couldnt make it when metallica did this sounds nothin like one other than the 2 second double bass drum roll at 53 sec and another thing why are these guys bitchin 20+ years later my opinion a bunch of cry babies tryin to ride someones coat tails

    • Mike H.

      Gene Hoglan is the best drummer in heavy metal. He has played in so many bands I wont try to start listing them. On his best day Lars Ulrich isnt fit to shine his shoes. You’re an idiot.

      • Joe Hall

        Lmao yeah come talk to me when he makes it to the RnR hall of fame
        No his fill in for anthrax dont count either

  • Geniu Mecanic

    Is the worst site on the internet? He didn’t say that all, he was joking. Good lord. Deleting this site, and the sensational click bate BS.

    • Corndog

      At least give us some time to organise a leaving party for you. You’ll be sorely missed!

      Wait, sorry, my bad. Thought you were someone else. Carry on.

  • Blarr

    What a joke. OMG they used a 32nd note double bass in a song. The two songs couldn’t be more dissimilar. That’s like saying guns n roses ripped off the Rolling Stones because I used to love her uses the same chords as dead flowers. There’s a lot more to a song than one small technical aspect.

  • Pax 45

    That song is nothing like one. In fact it sucks.

    • Scott Stapp

      If you don’t like Dark Angel, you’re a fucking brony.

  • Artie

    Funny… First thing i thought was how similar their intro was to ‘Hit The Lights’!