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Until It Sleeps

“Until It Sleeps” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica from their 1996 album Load. It was the band’s first number one song on the US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, as well as their first and only song as of the release of Death Magnetic to hit the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, debuting and peaking at number 10.[2]

The song was performed with orchestral accompaniment on the album S&M.

The View (song)

“The View” is a single by American singer Lou Reed and American heavy metal band Metallica. It is the only single taken from the studio album Lulu, released on September 27, 2011.[3]

The song was poorly received by fans of Reed and Metallica. The song also spawned a popular meme among fans and critics alike, likening James Hetfield to a table, due to Hetfield yelling “I am the table” towards the end of the song. The meme spawned numerous edits to Hetfield’s Wikipedia page where “table” was added to his professions.

The Unnamed Feeling

“The Unnamed Feeling” is the third single by heavy metal band Metallica, taken from the eighth studio album St. Anger. The song is about an unnamed feeling (anxiety, according to Hetfield) a person feels when they are close to the edge of losing control, just before he or she panics.

Along with a music video, the song was released as a single exclusively to Australia. It was released as part of an E.P. in the UK. The unique video, directed by The Malloys, featured the band performing in a virtually empty room that gradually closed in on them throughout the song. This was accompanied by visual stories of several people all experiencing that “unnamed feeling” in their own way.

The front cover for the basic singles depicts the “monster” from their other St. Anger single, “Some Kind of Monster”. However, cover art for the Australia-exclusive CD single for “The Unnamed Feeling” was chosen by Metallica through a contest where Australian fans could submit their own original artwork. The winning piece by Louis Claveria depicts an isolated illustration of a black heart roughly outlined in white with a black background. Claveria’s artwork was autographed by the band and framed, and all four finalists were featured in an exclusive poster insert included in the single. Exclusive live B-sides from Metallica’s first show at the Big Day Out festival in Brisbane were featured on the Australian single.[1]

The Unforgiven (song)

“The Unforgiven” is a power ballad by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heavier. The song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him.[1]

The song has since spawned two sequels (both in name proper as well as thematically, albeit not musically), in the form of “The Unforgiven II”, from the album ReLoad, and “The Unforgiven III”, from the album Death Magnetic.

The Unforgiven (song)

“The Unforgiven” is a power ballad by American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heavier. The song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him.[1]

The song has since spawned two sequels (both in name proper as well as thematically, albeit not musically), in the form of “The Unforgiven II”, from the album ReLoad, and “The Unforgiven III”, from the album Death Magnetic.

The Memory Remains

“The Memory Remains” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, with British singer and songwriter Marianne Faithfull singing backup. It was the lead single from their seventh studio album, ReLoad, released in 1997. It was first performed live in a “jam” version on July 2, 1996.[2] Faithfull was brought in as James Hetfield felt her “weathered, smellin’-the-cigarettes-on-the-CD voice” fit what he described as “the whole eeriness of the Sunset Boulevard-feel of the song”, given the lyrics tell the story of a faded artist who goes insane from losing her fame.[3] The spoken words “Say yes, at least say hello” during the outro, are a reference to The Misfits, which is the last movie Marilyn Monroe starred in.[4]

The song was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Part of the intro riff is similar to Black Sabbath’s song “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.” It can be heard playing in the strip club Bada Bing! in the episode of The Sopranos, “The Knight in White Satin Armor.” The song was used by WWE as one of the official theme songs to WrestleMania XXVIII promoting the “End of an Era” Hell in a Cell match between Triple H and The Undertaker.

The Judas Kiss (song)

“The Judas Kiss” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, the fourth single taken from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.

On September 8, 2008, it was made available for streaming on the band’s official website, as well as a download (for Platinum Members only) from the Death Magnetic website Mission: Metallica. It has since been made available for purchase as a digital single in the iTunes Store. Part of the beginning to “The Judas Kiss” was also featured in an online video on the official website and Mission: Metallica revealing the album’s title. The first live performance of the song was at the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, UK on 25 February 2009 as part of their opening gig in the European leg of their World Magnetic Tour.

The song’s title refers to The Bible, where Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus by kissing him.

The God That Failed (song)

“The God That Failed” is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, from their 1991 self-titled album. The song was never released as a single, but was the first song of the album to be heard by the public. It was one of Metallica’s first original releases to be tuned half a step down.

Composer and lyricist James Hetfield described the song as “very nice… Slow, heavy and ugly.”[1] Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett recalls the inception of his solo in the song: “I had this whole thing worked out, but it didn’t fit because the lead was too bluesy for the song, which is characterized by real heavy riffing and chording.”[2] According to Hammett, he and producer Bob Rock worked out his guitar solo on the song. Together they composed a melody to which Hammett wanted to add harmony. The producer suggested that this would make the song sound too “pretty”, and instead recommended playing the melody an octave higher. The final guitar solo was put together from over a dozen performances by the guitarist during the recording of the album. Hammett calls the resulting work one of his favorite solos on the album.[2]

The Day That Never Comes

“The Day That Never Comes” is a song by heavy metal band Metallica, and the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The song was released to the radio and for digital download on August 21, 2008.[1]

The working title of the song was “Casper”, as shown in the Mission: Metallica videos and in “Demo Magnetic”.

St. Anger (song)

“St. Anger” is a song by American heavy metal group Metallica. It was released in June 2003 as the lead single from their eighth studio album of the same name. It won Best Metal Performance at the 46th Grammy Awards and was also nominated for Best Rock Video at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, but lost to “Somewhere I Belong” by Linkin Park.[1][2]

This song provided the theme for WWE’s SummerSlam 2003; the music video was also included in the pay-per-view DVD.

The lyric “Fuck it all and fuckin’ no regrets, I hit the lights on these dark sets” may be a reference to two other Metallica songs, “Damage, Inc.” (Master of Puppets) and “Hit the Lights” (Kill ‘Em All). [3] [4]

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