James Hetfield’s Son Castor On Pre-Learning From Metallica’s Mistakes

Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s son and drummer Castor Hetfield recently appeared on Loudwire Nights with Toni Gonzalez for an interview. The drummer stated that he learned a lot about Metallica’s mistakes from the stories his father told.

Castor Hetfield followed in his father’s footsteps and decided to pursue a career in music. He formed a band named Bastardane with vocalist-bassist Jake Dallas Benn and guitarist Ethan Sirotzki in 2019. The band’s debut single, ‘Wealthy Fantasy,’  arrived the following year. After the singles titled ‘Above All’ and ‘Let the Wasted Die,’ the band released their first studio album, ‘Is This Rage?‘ on March 12, 2022.

The band’s sound blends old-school thrash, hard rock, and stoner rock. Bastardane has successfully created its own identity without holding on to the traditions set by Metallica. Their debut album featured ten tracks and was praised for its diverse musical styles and well-crafted lyrics. Following this promising debut, it looks like we will hear the band’s name much more soon.

As a child of a prominent musician, Castor Hetfield must have had a lot to learn from his father, as he revealed during a recent interview. The drummer expressed that the Metallica frontman told him many tour stories, which helped him to pre-learn about possible problems. Castor said he takes lessons from his father and Metallica’s mistakes, especially on delivering consistent performances. He has an invaluable source to pre-learn from his mistakes, which he finds very important for the rest of his career to become a notable artist.

Castor Hetfield on learning from Metallica:

“My dad had told me a lot of his tour horror stories from when he was young, so I feel like that helps, so we can pre-learn from his mistakes. Like just leaving all your gear in the car and having everything stolen out of it, or partying maybe a little too much and then having the next show not be as great, just things about consistency, which is something I think is really important.”

Castor Hetfield is currently on tour with his band, Bastardane, in the US. The band started their tour on May 27 in Napa Valley, California, and plans to end it on July 15 in Savannah, Georgia.