Following the actions of an "overzealous attorney"...

Metallica have issued an apologise to Canadian group Sandman - their own tribute band.

Sandman have been paying tribute to the music of Metallica for decades now, but were recently sent a 41 page cease and desist letter by the metal band's legal team.

The issue seemed to revolve around Sandman's logo, which was designed in the spirit (and imagery) of Metallica's own. Now Metallica themselves have intervened, blaming the row on an an "overzealous attorney" and giving Sandman their full support.

Metallica issued a statement reading:

"Neither we nor our management were aware of until it surfaced online. Lucky for us, the band was kind enough to post it for us to see, and it turns out that we have a very overzealous attorney who sent this letter without our knowledge."

"Sandman should file the letter in the trash. Keep doing what you’re doing... we totally support you! And in the meantime, our attorney can be found at SFO catching a flight to go permanently ice fishing in Alaska."

Guitarist Joe Di Taranto seemingly had a phonecall from Lars Ulrich, giving him his blessing. He told Rolling Stone: "They want us to continue paying tribute to Metallica with their full blessing and approval. We will continue to fly the Metallica flag, loud and proud!"

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