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Metallica's James Hetfield to Narrate TV Series on Bear Hunting

Image courtesy of Grupo 13/LatinContent/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Grupo 13/LatinContent/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

James Hetfield can growl dark, dangerous lyrics with the best of them -- that might be one of the reasons why the Metallica singer was chosen to narrate The Hunt , a new History Channel series about hunting Kodiak brown bears.

In a statement, the network describes hunting the brown bear on the Alaskan island of Kodiak as "one of the most dangerous pursuits known to man."  Kodiak hunts generally last 10 days, during which the hunters are totally wilderness-bound with only the supplies they can carry with them.  Weather changes can be quick and dramatic, and the bears they're hunting can be 12 feet tall and weigh in at 1,500 pounds, easily capable of slaying entire hunting parties while humming "Enter Sandman" at the same time.

Hetfield has done his share of bear hunting, though in a 2009 interview with Guitar World magazine, the singer says he gave up the dangerous hobby at roughly the time that he gave up another treacherous pastime, abusing drugs and alcohol, because he came to the realization that taking his life in his hands for a thrill "didn't make much sense to me [anymore]."

The Hunt premieres on Sunday, June 8, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on  the History Channel.

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