Metallica shares Czech dulcimer band’s rendition of "Nothing Else Matters"

The Milan Brouček Cimbalom Music

This time, the Muse on the Water music festival in České Budějovice will be accompanied by the dulcimer music of Milan Brouček. A native of West Bohemia, Mr. Brouček fell in love with the dulcimer as a child during a visit to Slovakia. Despite his parents’ skepticism, he pursued his passion and eventually became a violinist for the Pilsen Philharmonic, founding his own dulcimer band along the way.

The Milan Brouček Cimbalom Music (CMMB) was formed in 2014 and their repertoire includes many genres, including elements of Bohemian, Moravian, Slovak, and Hungarian folklore, Roma melodies, popular film melodies, pop and rock covers, and more.

“There are six of us and everyone has their own taste and type of music they like. We come up with ideas, we go through a few things from everyone, and then we try to play them, something works, something doesn’t work. We pick what works for people and then that song stays in the repertoire,” explains Mr. Brouček.

“Our biggest success was with our cover of Metallica's Nothing Else Matters,” adds Vlaďka Křenková, a member of the band, “we only played it as an encore at the Czech Radio Pilsen concert. And it became a video that went viral all over the world.”

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The video has already received two million views on the radio’s Facebook page. “Even Metallica themselves shared it,” says Mr. Brouček, with a smile.

“Metallica is played by almost every dulcimer band because the audience demands it, so we included it.”

The ensemble’s members are primarily conservatory students or graduates from the Music and Dance Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.