Metallica - Fade To Black.
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"Fade to Black" is a song by thrash metal band Metallica from their second album, Ride the Lightning (1984). It was the first musical ballad released by the band.
Some people consider the lyrical theme to be about a person who has decided to commit suicide; others do not share this view. In an interview with lead vocalist James Hetfield on the set of the production "MTV Icon: Metallica" in 2005, he does recall how himself and bandmate Lars Ulrich were obsessed with death at the time the album and song were produced. It was written after almost all of their equipment, including a very rare amplifier, given to singer/rhythm guitarist James Hetfield by his mother just before she died, was stolen in Boston, MA, following a gig at the Channel Club on 14th January 1984. This event forced Metallica to borrow equipment from fellow tour band and friends, Anthrax, for the remainder of the tour.
It begins with an acoustic guitar introduction and becomes progressively heavier as the song goes on.
At the time, some of the more extreme elements of fans deemed the song a "sell out" as it was such a departure from Metallica's then-normal style, but since its release, "Fade To Black" has been a fan favorite and a fixture in Metallica's live performances. It was also the last song that Metallica performed live with Jason Newsted. Jason's last gig was at the VH1 Music Awards on November 30, 20. It was one of Newsted's favorite Metallica songs, and was said to be of great sentimental value to him, although it had been written before he had joined the band. Interestingly, Jason Newsted's old band, Flotsam And Jetsam, performed a song called 'Fade To Black' on their 1986 album, Doomsday For The Deceiver before Jason left to join Metallica, although it bears little to no resemblance to the Metallica version.
This was also the song that Metallica had been playing the opening of during their infamous concert at Montreal's Olympic Stadium in 1992, when James Hetfield suffered second-and-third degree burns from a pyrotechnic accident.
The song is credited to Hetfield/Ulrich/Burton/Hammett.
The song's title is never mentioned in the lyrics. However, the song's title is mentioned in the track The Memory Remains off the band's 1997 album, ReLoad.
The song has been covered by: Disturbed, on their live album Music As A Weapon II, but without the heavier second half of the song; Apoptygma Berzerk, on their studio album Welcome to Earth; finnish band Apocalyptica and the power metal band Sonata Arctica.
In 1996, Norwegian black metal band Dimmu Borgir released "Master of Disharmony" in their EP Devil's Path (1996), a song contains 30seconds of the last riffs / solo of "Fade to Black" as last bridge.
Fade To Black
Life it seems, will fade away
Drifting further every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free
Things are not what they used to be
Missing one inside of me
Deathly lost, this can't be real
Cannot stand this hell I feel
Emptiness is filing me
To the point of agony
Growing darkness taking dawn
I was me, but now He's gone
No one but me can save myself, but it's too late
Now I can't think, think why I should even try
Yesterday seems as though it never existed
Death Greets me warm, now I will just say good-bye