The True Stories Behind These Metallica Songs (2022)

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ByKelly Kuehn/Aug. 4, 2022 3:41 pm EDT

When you think of metal music, a few key influential bands immediately come to mind. Judas Priest.Motörhead. Iron Maiden. And, of course, Metallica. The heavy, in-your-face, andüber-talented group was formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by frontman and guitarist James Hetfield anddrummer Lars Ulrich (via The band that started as a simple callout in a newspaper ad turned into one of the best-selling music acts in the U.S., selling more than 120 million records across the globe over their decades-long tenure. Their success isn't purely commercial, either — they've earned eight Grammys and received an impressive 18 Grammy nods throughout their career.

Metallica are gods in the metal genre, and albums like 1984's "Ride the Lightning" and their 1991 self-titled album (also known as "The BlackAlbum") are considered highly influential pieces in metal history. Standout songs like "One," "Master of Puppets," and "Enter Sandman"brought their sound to the masses, but the band has a plethora of songs that spotlight their genius and versatility. And these songs have some very interesting (and very personal) stories behind them. From tales of family tribulations to an odd story from an outlaw country legend, these are the true stories behind the creation of these iconic Metallica songs.

Master of Puppets

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Spoiler warning: This article contains spoilers for "Stranger Things" Season 4.

This classic Metallica tune got some major love recently thanks to its feature in a little show called "Stranger Things."According to Variety, the Season 4 finale shows beloved new weirdo Eddie Munson playing "Master of Puppets" on guitar as a distraction for his pals — a distraction that ultimately leads to his death by Upside Down bats. Variety reports that the Duffer Brothers (the creators of "Stranger Things") thought the song was a "clear choice" for the epic shred scene. Make no mistake, though — the guitar-heavy song was a hit for Metallica long before the Upside Down existed. According to Songfacts, it's the most popular live song for the band, and Metal Hammer put it at the top spot on the list of best Metallica songs ever.

But what exactly is this resurfaced Metallica staple about?As Songfacts notes, it's about way more than a puppet and its master — it's about drugs. Specifically, it's about how they can control every aspect of your life. Rolling Stone reports that Hetfield wrote it after seeing people use drugs at a San Francisco party — a sight that he said made him sick. Lyrics like "Taste me and you will see/ More is all you need" take on a whole new meaning now, don't they?

Enter Sandman

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(Video) Nothing Else Matters - The Metallica Story ┃ Documentary

"Enter Sandman"is one of Metallica's most iconic songs to date and one of the most popular metal songs ever (via Far Out Magazine). It hit No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1991, exposing the band's gritty and heavy sound to the mainstream. Looking at the tune's title and lyrics, you may think it was always meant to be crafted as a song about theboogeyman and childhood nightmares. However, the metal song's original lyrics were about something much, much sadder.

As Uncut reports, Hetfield originally wrote "Enter Sandman" to be about crib death. Now, Metallica are known for their heavier and darker music, but this topic was too heavy for the band and their producer Bob Rock. Rock talked to Hetfield about changing the song's lyrics, and as such, the beloved song about a creature terrorizing children in their slumber came to be.


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From the minute you hear the hauntingly beautiful opening notes of "One," you know you're listening to an epic metal classic. The build up, the riffs, the breakdown ... it's all a testament to Metallica's talent and genius. There's a reason the song earned the band their first Grammy, after all. Yes, the playing is phenomenal, but the story Hetfield sings is downright horrific once you really listen to it.

According to Louder, the song is about a soldier who loses his limbs and senses (sight, hearing, etc.) during war — but remainsconscious. He's essentially trapped in a brutal state of existence, unable to do anything. Hetfield drew inspiration for "One" fromDalton Trumbo's 1939 book "Johnny Got His Gun," a story that tells the story of that soldier and highlights the atrocities of war. At its core, "One"is very much an anti-war song that echos Trumbo's main themes: war is hell, and its effects go beyond the battlefield (via Far Out Magazine). You can even see clips from the 1971 "Johnny Got His Gun"movie (based on Trumbo's book) in the song'smusic video.Seeing the grim story unfold as Metallica plays is chilling, but eye-opening.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

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Those opening bell chimes really set the stage for this powerful Metallica song. "For Whom the Bell Tolls," off the band's legendary album "Ride the Lightning,"is another in-your-face tune that has a compelling message behind it. According to Songfacts, it's about the pointlessness of war. The song is named after (and based on) Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel about an American fighting in the Spanish Civil War. With lyrics like "For a hill men would kill, why? They do not know / Stiffened wounds test there their pride," it's pretty clear to listeners that the concept of war is being questioned.

William Irwin echos this point in his book "The Meaning of Metallica: Ride the Lyrics."He explains that the song tasks us to really think about the concept of war and if it's worth all the physical and mental scars it causes. Definitely a heavy topic for a heavy song, but Metallica is known for bringing more somber topics to mainstream consciousness through their music.

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Mama Said

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Metallica's "Mama Said" is arguably the most personal song on their 1996 album "Loud" (via Discogs). According to Songfacts, it's about the relationship James Hetfield had with his mother, Cynthia Hetfield, who died of cancer when he was a teenager. Specifically, it talks about the regrets of a son not spending enough time with his mother and all the questions that he would never have the answers to. Lyrics like "Never I ask of you, but never I gave/But you gave me your emptiness/I now take to my grave"really emphasize Hetfield's grief in the country-rock ballad.

What makes the song even heavier is the circumstances surrounding Cynthia's death. According to "Birth School Metallica Death"by Paul Brannigan and Ian Winwood, Cynthia's health was declining for some time, but she refused medical treatment due to her Christian Scientist beliefs. As such, all Hetfield and his family could do was watch their mother succumb to the disease.

Nothing Else Matters

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Now, Metallica's known for theirguitar-thrashing, head-banging-inducing songs, but make no mistake — they can be sentimental when they want to be. Take "Nothing Else Matters," an epic ballad from their 1991 self-titled album commonly known as "The Black Album."The song slowed things down a bit for the band, getting as tender as a metal ballad can get. And, turns out, it was written for a pretty sweet reason.

As Metal Hammerreports, James Hetfield wrote the song because he was homesick and missing his then-girlfriend while on the road. It was different from what Metallica was used to producing, and, as such, Hetfield wasn't thrilled to show the demo to his bandmates (via Ultimate Classic Rock). However, the other Metallica members, especially Lars Ulrich, liked the change of pace.Sure, the song doesn't provide commentary on the horrors of war, but it showed that Metallica had some versatility to them — both in songwriting and composition. It saw some mainstream success, too, hitting No. 11 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1992.

The Unforgiven

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You can hear the heavy emotion flowing in "The Unforgiven," another Metallica ballad that has deeply personal roots for James Hetfield. According to Songfacts, Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett wrote the tune, which has a softer, more emotional sound compared to the band's other music. Part of the reason it's so emotional is that the lyrics are inspired by Hetfield's boyhood (via Ultimate Classic Rock). He drew inspiration from his parents' very strict religious beliefs, their divorce, and other aspects of his upbringing for the song — and you can really hear the pain in his voice.

Hetfield didn't just solely draw vocal inspiration from his painful past, though. According to Ultimate Classic Rock, he was inspired to try a new vocal style after hearing Chris Isaak's song "Wicked Game."His performance and the song's lyrics resonated with audiences — it reached the No. 10 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart in 1991. Not bad for an emotion-packed metal ballad.

(Video) Vocal ANALYSIS of "One". This is emotionally deep, and Metallica again nearly had me in tears.

Creeping Death

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"Thrashing"and "biblical" aren't two words you see together often, but that's exactly how to describe Metallica's song "Creeping Death" off of"Ride the Lightning."According to Songfacts, the song is about Moses' life and one of the plagues brought down on Ancient Egypt in the Book of Exodus. Specifically, "Creeping Death" refers to the fog— also known as the angel of death— taking the lives of the firstborn kids and animals (via Ultimate Classic Rock).

So, what inspired Metallica to take the religious route for this song?According to Metal Hammer, it came from the 1956 epic film "The Ten Commandments," which Lars Ulrich admitted to being "obsessed with" as a child. Ulrich, along with James Hetfield and late bassist Cliff Burton, watched the film while composing the song and used it as inspiration for the lyrics. Bonus fun fact: When thinking about that killer plague, Burton was the one who thought "creeping death" was the perfect way to describe it. Clearly, the band agreed.

Ride the Lightning

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Metallica's album "Ride the Lightning"has some staple songs on it, including "Fade to Black"and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Another classic Metallica song on the album? "Ride the Lightning" (yep, the tune has the same name as the album). In true Metallica fashion, the song brought a heavier topic to the mainstream: the death penalty. According to Metal Hammer, the song is about a death row inmate facing the electric chair. Lars Ulrich explains that, specifically, it highlights the inevitability of facing your maker.

Let's be clear here: "Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs"by Chris Ingham rightfully points out that Metallica isn't necessarily taking a stance on the death penalty in this song. They simply paint a vivid picture of a man about to meet his end via electric chair and let listeners debate the morality themselves, which is just as powerful.


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(Video) Johnny Got His Gun and Metallica's "One"

"Ride the Lightning" is considered by many to be a classic metal album, so it's hard to believe that there's a song on it that Metallica isn't too keen on. But there is. In an interview withSopitas, James Hetfield explained that "Escape" was written and recorded very quickly after the label wanted one more song for "Ride the Lightning" — an album the band thought was all set. So, in a rush, they recorded "Escape" and weren't thrilled with it. According to Far Out Magazine, the band didn't want the songon the album, but their hands were tied, and the label got their wish for another song.

So, did Metallica warm up to the song over time? Not exactly. According to Far Out Magazine,the band didn't play the song live until 2012's Orion Festival — a whopping 28 years after its recording. In an interview with Rolling Stone, guitarist Kirk Hammett admitted it's not the best song for Metallica to play live ... so we'll see if the band ever plays it live again.

The God That Failed

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James Hetfield wasn't shy about writing Metallica songs that were inspired by his life and his family. "The God That Failed" off of "The Black Album"is another personal song about the death of his mother — but, as "Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs"points out, this one channeled the anger he felt about her passing.

In an interview with Playboy, Hetfield explained that growing up in a Christian Scientist household was "alienating and hard to understand." What was even harder to understand was his parents' stance on medical treatment — specifically, according to Hetfield, that God would fix your ailments and you didn't need doctors as long as you had faith. So, you can see how the anger over his mother's death from cancer festered. According to "Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs,"Hetfield believed that had his mother sought traditional medical treatment, her fate may have been different. You can hear the anger in the lyrics to "The God That Failed," which include "Broken is the promise, betrayal / The healing hand held back by the deepened nail / Follow the god that failed."

Wasting My Hate

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When people think of Metallica, they think of metal — not country. The two genres have stark differences, both in sound and in content, but that didn't stop James Hetfield from writing a song inspired by a country icon. According to Rolling Stone, James Hetfield met Waylon Jennings during a college radio event, and the two struck up a friendship. Of course, friends swap stories, and it was a story Jennings recounted to Hetfield that inspired "Wasting My Hate."

Now, there are two similar versions of Jennings' tale.According to"Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs,"Jennings told Hetfield a story about him being out to eat when, suddenly, he noticed a man outside in a car intently staring at him. So, Jennings stared back angrily and became irritated when this person wouldn't stop staring. After a while, Jennings went out to confront the man, only to realize the guy wasn't staring at all — he was sleeping. According to Songfacts, another versionslightly alters the scene. In this version, Jennings was at a bar in Jamaica when he noticed that a local wouldn't stop staring at him. This really ticked Jennings off, but he later found out the local wasn't staring so intently on purpose — they were just high. Both accounts have the same theme, though: Jennings wasted his hate on people who didn't deserve it, and that stuck with Hetfield.

(Video) Metallica - Master of puppets (Lyrics) [from Stranger Things Season 4] Netflix


Was the Metallica song one based on a true story? ›

The song is based on the idea of a soldier losing all of his limbs and jaw and being unable to hear, speak, or see, set to a World War I backdrop. In an interview in New Zealand in 1989, Ulrich describes the movie Johnny Got His Gun as having a similar theme, and this was the reason it was incorporated into the video.

What is the story behind nothing else matters? ›

A touchy-feely ballad that frontman James Hetfield had written about missing his then-girlfriend Kristen Martinez while on tour, the song was a far cry from the war'n'lightning imagery that had dominated Metallica's past decade.

What is Metallica's most famous song? ›

The 20 greatest Metallica songs – ranked
  • 7Whiplash (Kill 'Em All, 1983) ...
  • 6Nothing Else Matters (Metallica, 1991) ...
  • 5Battery (Master Of Puppets, 1986) ...
  • 4For Whom The Bell Tolls (Ride The Lightning, 1984) ...
  • 3One (… ...
  • 2Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets, 1986) ...
  • 1Creeping Death (Ride The Lightning, 1984)
7 May 2021

What is the story behind Enter Sandman by Metallica? ›

In the spring of 1991, Hetfield brought the band his lyrics for "Enter Sandman" and, of all topics, it was about crib death — "y'know, baby suddenly dies, the sandman killed it," the Metallica frontman described it in 2007 — and it's destructive effect on the family unit.

Is Kurt Cobain like Metallica? ›

Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain never spoke publically about his love of Metallica. However, he was close friends with their guitarist Kirk Hammett, who later revealed the singer's favourite records by the metal legends.

Did Metallica actually play in Antarctica? ›

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On December 8th, Metallica played a little show south of the border. Way south: the band's set took place inside a dome on the heliport at the Carlini Argentine Base in Antarctica. The performance featured 10 songs and solidified them as the only band to play all seven continents.

How much is the lead singer of Metallica worth? ›

As of September 2022, James Hetfield's net worth is roughly $300 Million. What is this? James Hetfield is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band 'Metallica'.

What is Metallica worth? ›

Their net worth of approximately $900 million. According to Forbes 2019 “World's Most High-Paid Celebrities List” included Metallica. The band has nine Grammy Awards and is one of the richest and most successful music bands. (But the total net worth is changed to approximately: $950 million in 2022.)

What is the meaning of Metallica? ›

Metallica, a Latin word for metallic.

What is Metallica's darkest song? ›

Fade to Black (Metallica song)
"Fade to Black"
GenreHeavy metal
LabelMegaforce Elektra
Songwriter(s)Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett
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What is the fastest metal song ever? ›

There's a choice of songs that hit the magic 200 BPM mark, but we've gone with Life Sentence from the 1997 album Decibels.

What is Metallica's saddest song? ›

Metallica – The Unforgiven

“The Unforgiven” is so popular that Metallica wrote two additional versions of what's probably the saddest metal song in the universe.

Is Enter Sandman about SIDS? ›

“Enter Sandman” holds the distinction of being the first song written (musically) for the album though the last on the project to actually have completed lyrics. This was due to the fact that originally the words, as penned by Hetfield, were based on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Is Enter Sandman hard to learn? ›

Enter Sandman is not so hard to play. It requires an intermediate level of guitar playing. Guitar solo is not that hard, either, especially in comparison to other Metallica's solos. Enter Sandman is perhaps among the 'easier' songs in Metallica's repertoire.

Who was Metallica inspired by? ›

Influenced by the late 1970's new wave of British heavy metal bands including Iron Maiden and Diamond Head, Metallica was formed in 1981 by the Danish immigrant Lars Ulrich (1963), a drummer.

Is Slipknot bigger than Metallica? ›

Metallica racked up 29 million views this week worldwide and Slipknot had 13.8 million, with most of their fans tuning in from the United States (3.92M), Brazil (1.17M), Mexico (1.05M) and the U.K. Avenged Sevenfold were close behind, with 13.2 million views.

What band is most like Nirvana? ›

There's actually a lot of other great bands who share a similar sound. Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Mudhoney are a few of the standouts who sound like Nirvana.
  1. Alice in Chains. ...
  2. Pixies. ...
  3. Soundgarden. ...
  4. Mudhoney. ...
  5. Pearl Jam. ...
  6. Foo Fighters. ...
  7. Smashing Pumpkins. ...
  8. Stone Temple Pilots.
23 Jul 2021

What did Kurt Cobain think of heavy metal? ›

In one of the previous interviews that he participated in, Kurt Cobain revealed that he was a huge heavy metal fan for years, especially when he was in high school. Thus, it can be said that Cobain chose to produce alternative rock music that combined punk and heavy metal to create his own unique style.

Is Metallica bigger than AC DC? ›

According to Pollstar, Metallica have sold approximately 22.1 million tickets since 1982, bringing in around $1.4 billion. This is in comparison to AC/DC (14 million tickets sold) and Ozzy Osbourne (13.2 million tickets if one combines both Ozzy and Black Sabbath sales).

Did Metallica sue their fans? ›

On May 2nd Metallica Inc. took unprecedented legal action against more than 300,000 alleged fans, under a bad piece of federal legislation called the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

What is Metallica's most played song live? ›

Lars Ulrich says there is: “Seek & Destroy,” the second-to-last track on their debut album, 1983's Kill 'Em All. “The one song we never rehearse is 'Seek & Destroy,'” Ulrich tells The Ringer. “And that's one song we always play live.

Who is the richest heavy metal singer? ›

With a net worth of roughly US$340 million, James Alan Hetfield (Metallica) is the wealthiest heavy metal singer in the world, followed by Ozzy Osbourne (No. 2, US$225 million), Bruce Dickinson (No. 3, US$100 million); and Rob Halford (No. 4, US$80 million).

Who is the richest person in rock music? ›

Paul McCartney

Who is the wealthiest metal band? ›

1. Metallica Estimated Net Worth: $340 Million. Metallica is without a doubt the biggest metal band in the world. Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in 1981 and based in San Francisco, California.

Who is the richest metal guitarist? ›

Kirk Hammett – Net Worth: $200 Million

According to Metalhead Zone, Kirk Hammett is the richest metal guitarist in the world. Considering he's estimated to be worth a mammoth $200 million (a full $40 million more than the next richest, Tony Iommi), it's not surprising.

How did Lars Ulrich get so rich? ›

Lars Ulrich Net Worth $350 Million

After discovering his taste in music and growing interest in legendary bands such as Y&T, Diamond Head, and Deep Purple, Metallica drummer decided to form a band, therefore, placed an advert in a local classifieds newspaper looking for musicians.

How much do Metallica make per concert? ›

Some figures from their European stadium tour this past spring saw the band regularly clear $5 million in grosses, sometimes even surpassing $6 million.

Is Justin Bieber a Metallica fan? ›

Los Angeles: The All Around the World singer may make pop records but he has an "edgy" side to his taste, and loves to listen to the heavy metal band for inspiration. He said: "I like rock music, I like Guns N' Roses and Metallica. The Beatles.

Why does Metallica have a snake? ›

The coiled snake on the Metallica cover makes a subtly veiled reference to Don't Tread On Me, one of the release's 12 songs. In it, Hetfield sings words that reference political phrases used during the American War of Independence.

Why is Metallica popular in Russia? ›

The hosting of the country's first, free open-air rock concert in Tushino Airfield was as a result, incredibly significant to the people of Russia. It was these factors that make the Monsters of Rock performance, the favorite tour moment for lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter of Metallica James Hetfield.

What is the heaviest heavy metal song ever? ›

When the world's greatest minds in heaviosity gather, we would like them to consider the following songs:
  • Electric Wizard 'Dopethrone' ...
  • Eyehategod 'Dopesick' ...
  • Sleep 'Dopesmoker' ...
  • Butthole Surfers '22 Going On 23' ...
  • Mayhem 'Freezing Moon' ...
  • Thorr's Hammer 'Norge' ...
  • Godflesh 'Like Rats' ...
  • Admiral Angry 'Bug Vomit'
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What is Metallica's fastest riff? ›

In terms of individual songs, 'Master of Puppets' is the fastest at 220 bpm and 'Nothing Else Matters' is the slowest at 46 bpm.

What is Metallica's lowest tuned song? ›

The lowest Metallica ever went was drop Bb or drop A#. And, of course, this was on the St. Anger album.

What is the hardest metal song to sing? ›

10 Metal Songs That Are Impossible to Sing
  • Slayer, "Angel of Death" ...
  • Mercyful Fate, "Gypsy" ...
  • Type O Negative, "Christian Woman" ...
  • Alice in Chains, "Man in the Box" ...
  • Iron Maiden, "The Number of the Beast" ...
  • Tool, "The Grudge" ...
  • Linkin Park, "Given Up" ...
  • A Perfect Circle, "Judith"
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What is the best metal solo ever? ›

Top 10 Best Heavy Metal Guitar Solos of All Time
  • Mr. ...
  • Through the Fire and Flames – Herman Li and Sam Totman of DragonForce. ...
  • Floods – Dimebag Darrell of Pantera. ...
  • Painkiller – Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing of Judas Priest. ...
  • One – Kirk Hammett of Metallica. ...
  • Tornado of Souls – Marty Friedman of Megadeth.
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What is the loudest metal song? ›

Loudest Metal Ever
  • Symphony Of DestructionMegadeth.
  • Super Charger HeavenWhite Zombie.
  • This CallingAll That Remains.
  • SadioWitchElectric Wizard.
  • IdentityAugust Burns Red.
  • Like Broken GlassCrowbar.
  • I Am The Black WizardsEmperor.
  • UnsungHelmet.

What is the saddest song to ever exist? ›

  1. Eric Clapton – 'Tears in Heaven'
  2. Nine Inch Nails – 'Hurt' ...
  3. R.E.M. – 'Everybody Hurts' ...
  4. Harry Chapin – 'Cat's in the Cradle' ...
  5. Nirvana – 'Something in the Way' ...
  6. George Jones – 'He Stopped Loving Her Today' ...
  7. Pearl Jam – 'Black' ...
  8. John Prine – 'Sam Stone' ...
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What is the easiest Metallica song to learn? ›

Easy Metallica Songs To Learn On Guitar
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls.
  • Enter Sandman.
  • Sad But True.
  • One (the first half of the song is slow and easy)
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What is considered the saddest song ever? ›

Somber tunes have always been part of the DNA of music, and R.E.M. now holds the top spot for the “Saddest Song of All Time,” with their 1992 hit “Everybody Hurts,” according to a recent survey by OnePoll.

What does Sid's stand for? ›

Sudden unexpected infant deaths include sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), accidental suffocation in a sleeping environment, and other deaths from unknown causes.

What can cause SIDS? ›

Risk factors for SIDS include:
  • placing a baby on his side or stomach to sleep, rather than on his back.
  • premature or low birth weight babies.
  • overheating the baby during sleep.
  • sleeping on too soft a surface, with loose blankets and bumper pads.
  • having a sibling who died of SIDS, or a family history of failure to thrive.

Is the thing that should not be about Cthulhu? ›

These stories depict a certain scary monster dubbed by Lovecraft as the Cthulhu, which is the "Thing That Should Not Be." . The specific story by H.P. Lovecraft that this song references is The Shadow Over Innsmouth. Written in 1936, it was Lovecraft's only story that was released as a book when he was alive.

How hard is it to learn Metallica on guitar? ›

The first guitar riff you hear in One is one of the easiest guitar riffs you can learn. While the latter part of the song has some difficult riffs and solos to learn, this is a great starting point for any skill level.

How difficult is Stairway to Heaven intro? ›

Stairway is a relatively easy song, but it's probably the first kind of complex song you'll learn if you're a classic rock guy. I remember impressing people with the solo in guitar class. I had a friend who was way better than me who learned it like 6 months before me.

Is Master of Puppets hard to play? ›

Master Of Puppets is hard to play. That's because of its fast tempo (212 BPM) and downstrokes. It's all downstrokes, for which you have to have very strong wrist and advanced sense of rhythm. There ain't a metal guitarist that didn't even attempt to play it.

What is Metallica's favorite band? ›

Metallica's James Hetfield favourite thrash metal bands:


Who is Metallica's biggest influence? ›

I've always been very open about how Iron Maiden inspired Metallica. We always cite them as a main influence. They were just cooler than other bands.

Who is James Hetfield's favorite band? ›

One of those favorite rock bands of James Hetfield was the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith. They were formed in 1970. The band's current line-up consists of Steven Tyler on vocals, Tom Hamilton on bass, Joey Kramer on drums, Joe Perry on lead and rhythm guitars, and Brad Whitford on rhythm and lead guitars.

Who is the song One by Metallica about? ›

James Hetfield

What movie is the song One by Metallica based on? ›

It became far better known when it was incorporated in the music video for Metallica's song "One", whose popularity subsequently turned Johnny Got His Gun into a cult film.
Johnny Got His Gun (film)
Johnny Got His Gun
Distributed byCinemation Industries
Release datesMay 14, 1971 (Cannes) August 4, 1971 (New York City)
Running time111 minutes
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What is the meaning behind the song one? ›

Bono, who wrote the lyrics, has always been a bit vague, saying it is "about relationships." Here are some interpretations: 1) The song could relate to reunification of Germany, where the band recorded it. 2) It could be about the dissolution of The Edge's marriage to Aislinn O'Sullivan.

Who is Johnny Got His Gun based on? ›

Johnny Got His Gun was fiction inspired by a gruesome true story about a Canadian soldier from World War I. During battle, a mortar shell hits very close to "Johnny" Joe Bonham, causing severe physical damage.

What is the longest Metallica song? ›

Mercyful Fate is the Disc 1 seventh track from 1998's album Garage, Inc. It was written by King Diamond and Hank Shermann, and has a length of 11:10. It's the longest Metallica song featuring in a studio album.

Is Metallica anti-war? ›

I mean we're not anti-war, we're not pro-war …" Don't be daft, you must be one or the other.

Does Metallica have Morse code? ›

"It's Morse code," he says. The general asks what he is saying and the soldier looks for a minute and then says, "He is saying K-I-L-L- M-E over and over again." >> The lyrics are based on the 1939 novel Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo, which is about World War I.

What is Metallica's saddest song? ›

Metallica – The Unforgiven

“The Unforgiven” is so popular that Metallica wrote two additional versions of what's probably the saddest metal song in the universe.

What is Metallica's walk out song? ›

Metallica have opened every single show they've played since 1983 (sans Load / Reload era) to Ennio Morricone's "Ecstasy of Gold" composition, originally featured in the 1966 Clint Eastwood film, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

What is James Hetfield's favorite Metallica song? ›

And during one of his old interviews, James Hetfield revealed his one, as well. A few years ago, James Hetfield was asked which Metallica song made him proud the most. And while he was answering, the talented musician named his favorite song 'The Unforgiven II' from the band's 1997 album Reload.

What book is Metallica one based on? ›

Even though Metallica early on in their career became the biggest band in the genre of thrash metal, it wasn't until their fourth album, … And Justice for All (1988), that the band filmed a music video. For their very first video they chose the song “One,” based on Dalton Trumbo's novel Johnny Got His Gun.

What is the message of one voice? ›

One voice means unity, strength and sustainability.

Who is Taylor Swifts the 1 written about? ›

While others pointed out the fact that Swift seems to have written about her (ex?) boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, on Folklore — and maybe even secretly worked with him on the album — someone else on social media wondered if the song was about another ex — Harry Styles. And then, there's that other theory.

Why was Johnny Got His Gun banned? ›

Dalton Trumbo:

Dalton Trumbo, author of Johnny Got His Gun, was blacklisted in Hollywood in 1947 due to being labeled a communist. Although he was blacklisted, he still worked under a pseudonym and wrote many successful screenplays.

What does the fishing rod symbolize in Johnny Got His Gun? ›

As of now, the rod seems to indicate something like the trusting and loving bond that exists between Joe and his dad. After all, you don't let just anybody go off with your most prized possession.

Do they use real guns in James Bond? ›

In the film adaptation Bond has his Beretta M1934 taken away and replaced by the PPK. The change by Ian Fleming was the result of a fan letter in 1957 from Geoffrey Boothroyd who called the Beretta "a lady's gun" and suggested several alternatives, one of which was the Walther.


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