An extract on #roam
To assist regional geological mapping, more abundant and visualized expression forms are highly needs. Thus, the 3D terrain model is adopted as the carrier for the demands in many correlative fields. Based on the regular grid DEM (Digital Elevation Model) in DRGS, ROAM algorithm is applied to create a more dynamic model, which will give consideration to the importance of different features and select correspondence level of detail.
Recording took place at Steel City Studio in Sheffield, Futureworks Studios in Manchester and Mill Bank Farm Studios in East Sussex. Drew Lawson produced the album. Phil Gornell engineered the proceedings with assistance from Grant Berry, Oliver Horner and Rian Dawson. Matt Wilson of Set Your Goals/Chains provides guest vocals on "Deadweight". Elliott Ingham performs additional drums. Lawson mixed the album, while Berry mastered it.
All stringed instruments featured in this song, both guitars and basses, are tuned in the standard tuning of E A D G B E. The original recording of the song is notable for its interesting instrumentation: Asian instruments such as a gong and sitar-like-guitar feature, along with an overdubbed Warwick twelve-string bass. This instrument was only used for 'effect' during the intro to emphasize several accented notes and then a standardly tuned 4-string bass was used as the main bass instrument throughout the remainder of the recording.
The song is performed frequently during the band's live concerts, and was performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Kamen) on the live S&M and its companion DVD. When performed live, the band has always relied on their original sitar recording for the intro (the band enters on the first accented note to dramatic effect), however for the S&M concerts guitarist Kirk Hammett utilised a Danelectro electric sitar for the intro before switching to his ESP electric guitar. Jason Newsted never reprised his use of the 12-string bass guitar for any live performances of the song.
The music video featured clips from Metallica behind the scenes and in concert, during their Wherever We May Roam Tour.
The song is included in Guitar Hero: Metallica.
The song is covered by bluegrass band Iron Horse on their Metallica cover album Fade to Bluegrass.
In the PC game Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, the Bandit unit quotes this song, saying "Roamer, wanderer, nomad, vagabond, call me what you will", and the Beastmaster hero says, "Where I lay my head is home. See that rock? That's my pillow."
Koopsta Knicca, a former member of Three 6 Mafia, used some instrumental parts of this song for his song "Torture Chamber" from the album Da Devil's Playground.
Scottish post-hardcore band Yashin covered 'Wherever I May Roam' in Kerrang!'s "Metallica" tribute album.
An instrumental cover version of this song can be found as track 5 on the 2005 album Hands Without Shadows by guitarist Michael Angelo Batio.
Sinner covered the song for A Tribute to the Four Horsemen.
Apocalyptica also covered this song on their album Plays Metallica by Four Cellos. This version appeared on an episode of The Leftovers.
The intro was used by Sky F1 for their coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix on reflection of a summary of what a happened at the Australian Grand Prix.