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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).

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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