Metallica: What Went Wrong?

On my way into work this morning, “Enter Sandman” came on the radio. It was marvelous.

From the first note, it’s just delicious. And James Hetfield’s voice is scary without being cartoony. Plus there’s the great tension between the kind of kiddiness of the song and the throbbing evil of it. It’s hard to make a catchy song that seems like it could end in child murder, but here we are.

I used to think the Napster thing did them in, but I don’t remember being the least bit excited about Load or Reload, and that was before that.

Did success ruin them?

I don’t know. I remember when I was in high school, though, a black Metallica t-shirt was a requirement in most boys’ wardrobe.

Was it when they all cut their hair? Is that what did them in?


2 thoughts on “Metallica: What Went Wrong?

  1. I think Napster was definitely when Metallica looked down and saw there was no ground under their feet, but I think they stepped off the cliff before that.

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