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‘Hit the Lights’ – Story Behind the Song

Hit the Lights
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Opening with a thrashy mish-mash of distortion and ear-piercing drums, Metallica's 'Hit the Lights' is four minutes and seventeen seconds of non-stop metal. As the first track to 1983's 'Kill 'Em All,' 'Hit the Lights' sets the stage for what fans can expect from the album as a whole...

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‘The Memory Remains’ – Story Behind the Song

'The Memory Remains'
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

1997's 'ReLoad' marked the seventh studio album released by Metallica. Written and recorded during the same sessions as their previous album, 'Load,' 'ReLoad' is chock full of ripping rock tunes, from 'Fuel' to 'Bad Seed,' with a few more sprinkled in between...

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‘Frantic’ – Story Behind the Song

Metallica 'Frantic'
Daniel Berehulak, Getty Images

In 2003, Metallica released their eighth studio album, a record that will forever carry with it much controversy. Prior to 'St. Anger,' it seemed like everything was headed in the right direction; seven studio albums into their career and Metallica had sold millions upon millions of records, picked up several industry awards and even recorded an epic performance with the San Francisco Symphony...

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‘Creeping Death’ – Story Behind the Song

Metallica 'Creeping Death'
Chuck Armstrong

While slower than the stereotypical thrash tune, 'Creeping Death' keeps the efforts Metallica made with 'Kill 'Em All' alive and strong. The second single from 1984's 'Ride the Lightning,' 'Creeping Death' has become synonymous with the band...

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‘Stone Cold Crazy’ – Story Behind the Song

Metallica 'Stone Cold Crazy'
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When you think of Metallica and cover songs, certain bands immediately pop into your head: The Misfits, Motorhead and Black Sabbath, just to name a few. A band you might not think of is actually responsible for one of Metallica's most popular cover songs. Originally released in 1974, Queen's 'Stone Cold Crazy' has turned into a staple in Metallica's deep cover catalog.

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Kirk Hammett Unveils One of His Favorite Solos, Discusses Guitar Work on ‘Black’ Album + More

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Chuck Armstrong

In an exclusive interview with Kirk Hammett, the shredder discussed everything from horror movies to Metallica's next studio album to Orion Music + More 2013. At the end of the chat, we knew we couldn't leave without asking him about something near and dear to his heart: guitar solos...

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‘All Nightmare Long’ – Story Behind the Song

Metallica
Chuck Armstrong

The fifth single from Metallica's ninth studio album, 'All Nightmare Long' might be one of the heaviest tunes churned out by the band in recent memory. As the epitome of what 'Death Magnetic' stands for as an album,' 'All Nightmare Long' features killer guitar riffs, speedy rhythms and face-melting solos...

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‘One’ – Story Behind the Song

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YouTube

Released as the third single from 1988's '...And Justice for All,' 'One' has become a staple among Metallica fans' favorite tracks of all time. One of the more dynamic songs from the band, 'One' opens with military sounds - including gunfire and explosions - that lead into a clean guitar riff...

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‘Enter Sandman’ – Story Behind the Song

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Elektra

As the opening track on 1991's self-titled album, Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' is one of the most well-known songs from the band's last three decades. With a memorable opening guitar riff, the song lays the foundation for what fans affectionately call 'The Black Album...

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10 Best Metallica Songs

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Fin Costello/Redferns, Getty Images

Picking the 10 best Metallica songs might just be the hardest thing we've ever tried to do. As one of the most successful and internationally recognized bands around, Metallica's discography includes nine studio albums and over 40 singles, all created and released over the course of more than three decades...

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