Metallica – Seek & Destroy (Live) [Quebec Magnetic]

“Seek & Destroy” is the ninth track on Metallica’s 1983 album Kill ‘Em All. It was written by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. The song has been frequently played in concerts over the years since its live debut in 1982.

The subject matter is feeling the urge to kill. From the lyrics, it can be determined that the violence is directed towards someone who deserves it–perhaps, in Metallica’s eyes, LA-based glam metal bands. It is said to be heavily influenced by the Diamond Head song “Dead Reckoning.”

“I had maybe four or five days to do all my leads, so there was really no time for overintellectualizing or getting precious. On ‘Seek & Destroy’, I plugged my Gibson Flying V into an Ibanez Tube Screamer and the Marshall Super Lead and went for it two or three times.

The producer said “That’s fine! We’ll use it! Next!” A couple notes are bent out of pitch and after 20 years they still haunt me! I had been taking lessons from Joe Satriani prior to joining the band, so his influence was pretty heavy in my mind. He gave me so much information, and I was still processing it. I remember just thinking, I hope Joe likes this.” Kirk Hammett.

Lycris

Alright!
We’re scanning the scene in the city tonight
We’re looking for you to start up a fight
There is an evil feeling in our brains
But there’s nothing new, you know it drives us insane
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
There is no escape and that’s for sure
This is the end, we won’t take any more
Say goodbye to the world you live in
You’ve always been taking and now you’re giving
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Our brains are on fire with the feeling to kill
And it will not go away until our dreams are fulfilled
There is only one thing on our minds
Don’t try running away ’cause you’re the one we will find
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Running, on our way, hiding
You will pay dying
One thousand deaths
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy
Searching
Seek and destroy

  • Leave Comments