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All Nightmare Long: how Metallica went from St Anger to Death Magnetic

Several months to a couple years – this is, on average, how long Metallica writes a song. From retrieving a 5-star idea from their infamous Riff Bank, to crossing out the last checkbox on the recording progress wall table.

But there are outliers on both ends. There are songs born literally in days, such as Escape and Hardwired. And there’s one that took almost a decade to complete: All Nightmare Long. It perfectly shows how Metallica’s transitioned from St Anger to Death Magnetic.

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My Friend of Misery: The Instrumental That Failed

My Friend of Misery could have been another glorious Metallica instrumental, a Ktulu of Jason Newsted. But instead, we have the epic tradition broken and a track that’s been buried in Metallica’s catalogue.

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The Black Album: Was It Really That Good?

Metallica’s Black album (officially known as “Metallica”) quickly received an iconic status. It was clear right off the bat that it goes down as a cornerstone metal record. But was it actually that amazing?

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