Fade To Black - Metallica (1984)
To misquote Cedric The Entertainer, Metallica has always had prog tendencies. Starting with Kill 'Em All, the band has always featured at least one progressive piece per album that travels through different moods, time signatures and intricate playintg. This cut off of their second disc Ride The Lightning has always been my favorite. The lyrics, which read like the journal entries of a suicide victim, are a long way from the "no life till leather" anthems of just a year before. Also, the acoustic flourishes on heavy hitting songs that would become part of their trademark make a startling debut here.
They have been great and they have been not so great; but through it all Metallica has felt the true artist's spirit better than any other metal band, which for my money makes them the best the genre has or will ever offer.
Now, if I can only get them to never record without Rick Rubin again....what to do, what to do?
If you haven't heard it, than this cover will make you a life-long Apocalyptica fan!