AI’s James Hetfield Cover of Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” Balances Ridiculousness and Impressive Talent, Drawing Comparisons to Nickelback

AI technology has gifted us with an extraordinary rendition featuring “James Hetfield,” the lead singer of Metallica, performing Seal’s iconic track “Kiss From A Rose.”

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An incredible AI-generated cover of Seal’s 1994 R&B classic, “Kiss From A Rose,” has surfaced on the YouTube channel AI Playgrounds. This rendition, featuring Metallica’s James Hetfield, presents a unique and captivating twist on the original song, evoking both fascination and bewilderment over the remarkable abilities of AI.

Unlike the smooth and honey-soft tones of Seal’s vocals, the AI-generated “Hetfield” version offers a more raspy and textured rendition, resembling the sensation of swallowing sandpaper. However, as you delve deeper into the forceful delivery of “Hetfield’s” voice, an unexpectedly beautiful and amusing aspect emerges, especially during unexpected falsetto moments. The cover truly showcases the remarkable potential and surreal quirks of AI-generated music.

The possibility of a real Seal cover by the Metallica frontman raises curiosity, although it is perceived as somewhat unlikely to occur.

A comment beneath the video reads: “Finally, someone answered the question that nobody ever posed: What does Papa Het sing in the shower?”. Another comment humorously suggests: “Congratulations, you’ve managed to turn this into a Nickelback song.”

Presented in Seal’s eponymous second album, Kiss From A Rose captured our hearts when it appeared on the soundtrack of Batman Forever in 1995, and since then, it has remained a cherished favorite—especially when we engage in karaoke after a few too many drinks.

Previously, we witnessed an AI rendition of The Beatles’ Yesterday, performed as if “Freddie Mercury” was singing from beyond the grave, as well as an AI Lana Del Rey impersonator singing Nine Inch Nails’ Hurt in the style of Johnny Cash.