I would have to say that four Metallica songs are my true favourites. Here they are (in no particular order).
1) – One – This song starts out with an extended build section. First a flowing guitar lick, then a pulsating drum section, and then into the vocals. Still soft, the song peaks for only seconds at a time during the chorus. Eventually it reaches a hardcore guitar section, and a thrash vocal section shortly after. Then there is a sick Hammett solo moving towards the end of the song. It has sound effects from an artillery barrage punctuating throughout.
Appearing in the album, “…And Justice For All,” the song won a Grammy and is one of Metallica’s best known songs.
2) – Master of Puppets – This is possibly Metallica’s greatest song. The title track of its album, this song and the album it went in were what pushed the band into the world sunlight. It has been ranked as the greatest heavy metal song by multiple entities, and acclaimed as one of the greatest guitar songs to be played.
Hetfield said in an interview that the song is basically about drugs and their controlling effects. He said that once you use them, they control you, and your decisions are not your own. Many of the lyrics refer to the use of drugs and their effects. The middle of the song houses an awesome, haunting guitar solo, and soon after that a ripping guitar solo, accompanied by strings, blasts through. The song is a true experience.
3) – Fade to Black – This song has to make the chart because of a few things. One, and most trivial, it appeared on “Ride the Lightning,” an album which garnered them considerable attention. Secondly, it is like the precursor to “One.” It starts with a great metal ballad solo, and then builds to the main section with hard chords and head banging action. Of course the song has another great guitar solo about three minutes in, and another later a little after five minutes. The song deals with the subject of Death, and while it did not win any major awards, it is one of their best known songs.
As a side note, I hope you as readers are realizing that Metallica loves serious intros, guitar solos throughout, and builds. Songs with these qualities have been their most popular.
4) – Creeping Death – Even though the name is a little foreboding, this song is really awesome. It starts out with a slam metal guitar section, and then hits in the vocal section with some hard hitting lyrics.
The song is written from the perspective of the Angel of Death, and the plague of the firstborn in the Biblical book of Exodus. The lyrics directly reference some of the other plagues that God placed on the Egyptians before freeing the Israelites. The band found the inspiration from the second half of the Ten Commandments.
“Creeping Death” has great guitar sections, and often gets roaring support from crowds at live concerts. It’s a true hit.
Metallica fans; Agree with these or do you have your own favourites? We’d love to know what your choice(s) would be, leave your selection in the comments.