Metallica – Battery

Battery is the opening track of Metallica’s 1986 album Master of Puppets. Similar to the opening track from Ride the Lightning and …And Justice for All (titled “Fight Fire With Fire” and “Blackened” respectively), “Battery” begins with a slow, clean guitar part which then explodes into full speed thrash. In this case, three acoustic guitars are layered harmonically before the drums and bass come in with distorted guitars playing a more melodic version of the acoustic part. This lasts until 1:06, when the guitars cut into a very fast minimalist thrash metal riff that is the basis for the rest of the song. In live concerts, the beginning is not played by the band but instead the actual recording is used (recently dropped 1/2 step in key, since the band tunes 1/2 step down).

Metallica literally saved my life with this song. I listened to this track multiple times a day for weeks to give me the strength I needed to beat my meth addiction. As of writing this comment, I am 13 months and 10 days clean, holding a job, and working on buying my first house. I’m me again. I can only imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t discovered this track and gotten the metaphorical kick in the balls it gave me. As cliché as this comment may be, seriously, if you’re reading this and you are struggling in a similar way I was, it’s not too late. You are so much stronger than you think. The Master is only the master until you tell him to f*ck off.

The theme of the song revolves around the San Francisco thrash scene of the 1980s. The most prominent club played by Metallica was the Old Waldorf located at 444 Battery Street in downtown San Francsico. The tone of the sBattery is the opening track of Metallica’s 1986 album Master of Puppets. Similar to the opening track from Ride the Lightning and …And Justice for All (titled “Fight Fire With Fire” and “Blackened” respectively), “Battery” begins with a slow, clean guitar part which then explodes into full speed thrash. In this case, three acoustic guitars are layered harmonically before the drums and bass come in with distorted guitars playing a more melodic version of the acoustic part. This lasts until 1:06, when the guitars cut into a very fast minimalist thrash metal riff that is the basis for the rest of the song. In live concerts, the beginning is not played by the band but instead the actual recording is used (recently dropped 1/2 step in key, since the band tunes 1/2 step down).

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Oh yeah baby
Oh I love you Coors Light yeah
When I get you in my guts
It makes me play way too fcking good yeah
Hey
You guys don’t mind if we play some more do ya
Oh fck you, man
You guys don’t know this shit
Don’t fcking lie to us
What what waht what?
What do you want to hear?
It don’t matter man
So fcking what?
Well, I’ve been to Hastings and I’ve been to Brighton
I’ve been to Eastbourne too
So what, so what
And I’ve been here, I’ve been there
I’ve been every fcking where
So what, so what
So what, so what, you boring little cunt
Well, who cares, who cares what you do
Yeah, who cares, who cares about you, you, you, you, you
Well, I’ve fcked the queen, I’ve fcked Bach
I’ve even sucked an old man’s cock
So what, so what
I’ve fcked this, I’ve fcked that
I’ve even fcked a school girl’s twat
So what, so what
So what, so what, you boring little fck
Well, who cares, who cares what you do
And, who cares, who cares about you, you, you, you, you, you
So mother fcking what mother fcker
Well this is it my friends
One more here for you
Lashing out the action, returning the reaction
Weak are ripped and torn away
Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower
Battery is here to stay
Smashing through the boundaries
Lunacy has found me
Cannot kill the battery
Pounding out aggression
Turns into obsession
Cannot kill the battery (yeah)
Cannot kill the family
Battery is found in me
Battery, battery
Crushing all deceivers, mashing non-believers
Never ending potency
Hungry violence seeker, feeding off the weaker
Breeding on insanity
Smashing through the boundaries
Lunacy has found me
Cannot stop the battery
Pounding out aggression
Turns into obsession
Cannot kill the battery
Cannot kill the family
Battery is found in me
Battery, battery (yeah!)
Circle of destruction, hammer comes crushing
Powerhouse of energy
Whipping up a fury, dominating flurry
We create the battery
Smashing through the boundaries
Lunacy has found me
Cannot stop the battery
Pounding out aggression
Turns into obsession
Cannot kill the battery that’s right
Cannot kill the family
Battery is found in me
Battery, battery
Battery, battery
See ya around man
Thank you mexico city
You treat us good here man
See you all mother fckers

Metallica says see ya!ong is one of familial ties and the positive release of energy through the common interest of metal. The lyric “Cannot kill the family, Battery is found in me” is a statement that while society at large doesn’t understand the scene, those within it (i.e. “the family”) will fiercely defend it as a show of solidarity against the glam scene that was popular in the Los Angeles area.

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