Metallica... Many people hear this word and think of the 80's rock band with
distaste. I hear it and immediately think of the beautiful music that they have made.
Metallica is a long haired, head banging, cussing, rock band. They have dominated the
world of music selling millions of albums and influencing people all over the world.
Back in the 80's Metallica was a heavy metal rock band. Most
people thought they were a disgrace to musicianship, vulgar and obscene. In truth
most of this is correct, and yet Metallica also managed to make beautiful music,
sometimes playing the guitar and the drums so skillfully and timed just perfectly that they
would sound like one instrument. Their guitar playing was so hypnotizing that you could
sit and listen to it for hours at a time. They could make you angry with one song and
calm you to the point of sleep with the next.
The lyrics to Metallica's songs are very disputed, sometimes you might not even
understand what they are saying and yet still get the feeling that they are trying to
promote, in other cases you might hear what the words are but not understand the point of
what they are saying. For example in the song Saint Anger the lead singer is singing
about how his anger builds up to the breaking point and then when it reaches the limit his
anger explodes without even stopping to think about the consequences or the regrets he
might have later. In the song "One" it is hard to understand what he is saying except for
the part where he speaks about a war veteran who lost his eyesight, hearing, and powers
of speech when he stepped on a landmine.
In the last few years Metallica has drastically changed their image. Gone are the
days of long hair and swinging heads while playing the guitar gone are the many curse
words and gone is the head banging edge of their music. Because of this, many of their
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