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Memorable Live Performances: Metallica- Live Seattle 1989

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Back in 1993, Metallica released their live box set, Live Shit Binge & Purge. It was the bands first official live release and the contents of this set are truly something special. Besides the live audio CD’s/cassettes, there were 2 filmed shows in the box set as well. One from the LA Sports Arena in 1992 and another that has now become legendary from Seattle in 1989. The Seattle show in particular was from the bands Damaged Justice tour. This show is an absolute gem not only for the set list but for the unholy and ruthless approach the band had at the time. It’s all right there from the way the band played to their attitude. It’s truly one of those shows that if I had a time machine, I would most certainly go back and see. If you’ve never seen this, you are in for quite a treat. If you have, well, watch it again because it’s awesome!

Metallica- Live at Seattle Coliseum 1989:

 

 

Best Guitar Solos: Metallica- The Unforgiven

This Kirk Hammett Metallica Solo Came From Bob Rock's Prodding

Metallica’s “Black Album” is quite a classic at this point. Not only did it mark a shift in style but, it’s also a game changer. Think about it, it truly is a game changing album when you examine the album. That’s a topic for a different day and one that will come up soon on Audioeclectica. There are a ton of songs on that album that deserve more acclaim and to be played live. One song that has been a staple for the most part since the album was released in 1991 is “The Unforogiven.” That song is absolutely epic. The melodic nature of the song and power that is emitted in this one is astounding. The other thing about this song that stands out is the guitar solo. Damn this solo is so good. Kirk Hammett really nailed a perfect complimentary solo to go along with the song. The video is pretty awesome too.

 

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Soundtrack Only Songs: Metallica- I Disappear

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Metallica’s “I Disappear” from the Mission Impossible II soundtrack. The song that started the whole talk about illegal downloads and music on the internet and in the end, Lars was right. But, that’s not what this topic is about. One day I will go into more detail about my thoughts on that whole thing. This is about the song itself. Written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, this song is quite an interesting one. It’s got a bit of a “Black Album” meets Load/Reload vibe to it. Definitely not one of their best but, it’s still got a fun vibe to it. I remember the video to this song being pretty decent too. Another fun tidbit about this song is that since its release, Metallica has played it live 92 times (the most recent being in 2013).
Metallica- I Disappear (Video):

 

 

 

I Disappear (Live):

 

Alternate Versions: Metallica- Frantic and St. Anger

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Back when Metallica released their album St. Anger, so many people were astonished by the sound of the album. The snare sound in particular drew ridicule (and still does) from so many fans, critics, and pretty much anyone that listened to it. The whole St. Anger album seemed to alienate fans as well but, over time, there has been some new appreciation for the songs themselves. I remember when it came out I was torn about what I thought about it. I could tell there was something there but the production and such made it difficult to get into. Then one day I sat and really listened (which at times was painful) and realized how personal and deep the album is, especially lyrically. For many years too, Metallica didn’t play anything off the album live but, a couple years ago they started putting “St. Anger” and “Frantic” on the set list and these “new” versions sound a whole hell of a lot better. Personally, there are a couple others I wish they’d play live from this album like “Some Kind Of Monster” and “The Unnamed Feeling.” I think those would sound a lot better now than before. So, take a chance and give these jams another shot!

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St. Anger:

 

Great Music Videos: Metallica- Until It Sleeps

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Metallica have long had an interesting history with music videos. Their first “real” video was made for “One” back in 1988, and that really started the train moving. Then as “The Black Album” was released and was making history (and still is to this day), they band really stepped up their game with their videos. In 1996, as the band was beginning to release their very underrated album Load, they stepped a little out of their comfort zone and released one of their best music videos. The Samuel Bayer directed video for “Until It Sleeps” made and left quite an impact on the band and its fans. Not only did the song show a different direction musically but, the visual aspect that accompanied the song was right along with that. Lyrically, the song is about James Hetfield’s mother’s battle with cancer and the ensuing anger that he felt as she was going through it and losing her battle with it. The video is quite intriguing as a lot of it deals with the “Fall Of Man.” A lot of the imagery was also taken from various paintings by Hieronymus Bosch, as well as other surrealist art pieces. The video would go on to win Best Rock Video at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. This video is truly one of the best the band has put out.

 

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Alternate Versions: Metallica- Bleeding Me from S&M

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Metallica’s “Bleeding Me” is one of the best songs the band has ever written. There is no denying it. Everything about this song is simply perfect. It’s also one of those songs that the band really needs to start playing live a lot more. This alternate version is from the S&M album. What conductor Michael Kamen did with the orchestral arrangement is absolutely lovely and deep.  I’ve personally always loved this record. “Bleeding Me” from this album is truly amazing and epic which takes the song to a whole new level. So, enjoy this gem of an alternate version.

 
Metallica- Bleeding Me from S&M:

 

 

Title Tracks: Metallica

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Metallica are one of those bands whose title track songs are among the best in their catalog. There is no denying the power of a song like “Master Of Puppets” or even “And Justice For All.” I’ve said it many times and I’ll continue to say it, James Hetfield is one of the best songwriters and lyricists. Even the song “St. Anger,” though the production and tones are all terrible, there is a certain something about that particular song that just sums up that album perfectly. With all that being said, here’s Metallica’s title tracks for you to enjoy!

 

Metallica- Ride The Lightning:

 

 
Metallica- Master Of Puppets:

 

 

 

Metallica- And Justice For All:

 

 
Metallica- St. Anger:

 

 

Metallica- Hardwired…:

 

Great Music Videos: Metallica- One

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It’s really interesting and crazy to think that the first music video Metallica ever did was on their fourth album And Justice For All for the song “One.” I remember seeing it for the first time when I was about four years old and thinking that this was awesome. This video was without a doubt groundbreaking at the time as well as responsible for the beginning of making Metallica a household name.

The video for “One” was directed by Bill Pope and Michael Salomon and it debuted on MTV, January 20th, 1989. Something else that is quite interesting about this video is that there were three versions made. The first (the longest, album version) contained scenes of both the band and scenes from the film Johnny Got His Gun. The second was simply a shortened version of the first, and the third, often known as the “jammin’ version”, lacked scenes from the movie (the song and video fades at the last bridge in the third version).

“One” was the perfect song and video to really introduce Metallica to households across the world. The video to this day almost 30 years later is still impactful and chilling, which is what makes it such a great video.

 

Metallica- One (from And Justice For All):

 

 

 

 

 

Guest Musician: James Hetfield

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I will go on record saying that James Hetfield is one of the most underrated singers and guitarists EVER! And even though he’s been busy with Metallica for the past 30 plus years, James still finds time to do some guest spots on other bands albums. Here are some of the songs James has guested on over the years.

 

Corrosion of Conformity- Man or Ash from Wiseblood (Guest Vocals):

Danzig- Twist of Cain & Possession from Danzig I (Guest Vocals):

Primus- Eclectic Electric from Antipop (Guest Guitar):

South Park- Hell Isn’t Good from Bigger Longer & Uncut (Vocals):

Heart- Beautiful Broken from Beautiful Broken (Guest Vocals):

Ultimate Set List: Metallica (Updated)

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A while back before Metallica’s new album Hardwired…To Self Destruct came out, I made an “Ultimate Set List” for them. But now that the album is out and it’s an absolute beast, I thought I should update what would be on my dream set list.
As usual here are the rules:

Rule 1: What line up of the band would it be

Rule 2: Where would you want to see the show

Rule 3: maximum 25 songs

 

Line up would be: James, Kirk, Lars, Cliff

Venue: Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles

Set List:

01) Hardwired
02) For Whom The Bell Tolls
03) Blackened
04) Battery
05) Master Of Puppets
06) Creeping Death
07) Atlas, Rise!
08) And Justice For All
09) Harvester Of Sorrow
10) Moth Into Flame
11) Fade To Black
12) Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
13) Halo On Fire
14) Orion
15) Bleeding Me
16) No Leaf Clover
17) The Unforgiven
18) Nothing Else Matters
19) One
20) Dyers Eve
21) Spit Out The Bone
22) Sad But True
23) Whiplash
24) Seek And Destroy
25) Hit The Lights