Inspired by an acoustic session that took place during a 2011 tour of North America, TesseracT decided to expand upon the ideas that were spawned as a consequence of having to look at their songs in different ways in order to make them work in the acoustic setting. The result is the acoustic inspired EP, ‘Perspective‘. It is a re-imagining and development of some of the more melodic songs off TesseracT’s debut ‘One‘, and shows a completely new side to the band.
Metallica, the band that made me (and millions of other people) a metal head. I’ve been an avid fan of anything Metallica since 1991. So here is my top 10 Metallica songs. Starting at 10…
#10 – My Friend of Misery – “Metallica“
#9 - Unforgiven II – “ReLoad“
#8 – Sad but True – “Metallica“
#7 – Leper Messiah – “Master of Puppets“
#6 – The Outlaw Torn – “Load“
#5 – Master of Puppets – “Master of Puppets“
#4 – Fade to Black – “Ride the Lightning“
#3 – Harvester of Sorrow – “…And Justice For All“
#2 – Blackened – “…And Justice For All“
#1 – One – “…And Justice For All“
“My Friend of Misery” has one of the most chilling bass lines for an opener. Some great riffs and one of the best guitar solo’s on the entire album. “Unforgiven II” is one of the catchiest songs they have made. Even the non Metallica fans sing along to this song. I’ve always loved this song due to personal reasons and the fact it paid tribute to the original (by playing some of the notes from the first one). “Sad but True“, one of the songs that grabbed me early on and made me head bang. The main guitar riff is so iconic and powerful. Everything about this song is great. Another heavy as hell but you can sing along type of song. “Leper Messiah” probably wouldn’t be in most people top 10 list but this song always stuck out to me. The love the guitar riffs at the beginning. Then the slow “chug chug, chug chug, chug chug” with the bass behind it, followed by the verse riff. Oh man this song is heavily underrated in my book and one of the best tracks on “Master of Puppets“. The guitar solo’s are great on this track as well. “The Outlaw Torn”, whoa what? A Load song making someone’s top 10?!?! Yes, starting with that awesome opener and never losing me, The Outlaw Torn was one of my favorite songs from the 90′s. This song still inspires me to this day when I play guitar. Very slow song and James’ vocals are amazing. Kirk’s solo on this song is very subtle but still awe inspiring.
“Master of Puppets” is definitely one of the best songs anyone has ever written, ever. Dark lyrics, catchy riffs and “holy shit that was awesome” guitar solo action, this song has inspired people to start picking up guitars and learning this song. “Fade to Black” is a deep song with lyrics of suicide that has helped me in life. When you’re down, jam this tune and get over it. It’s songs like this that helped me continue on with life instead of ending it. Incredible riffs, leads, solo’s and lyrics make this one amazing classic song. “Harvester of Sorrow” is written flawlessly. Everything from guitar riffs to drums to the vocal style. I love the guitar solo into a melodic lead towards the end of the song. “Blackened” is lyrically one of the best songs written. Very cool introduction, metal as fuck guitar riffs, interesting drum style going on and the breakdown near the 2:30 mark is amazing. Changing the tempo of the song and making you scream:
True Death of Life”
Then after that goes into one of the best “awesome solo over bitchin riff” parts I’ve ever heard. Blackened is absolutely one of the best songs in metal history, period.
“One” is the song that got me into metal so by default it is given my number “one” spot. Great intro melodies and leads, subtle verse riffs, intense power chord chorus, sung perfectly in the first half. Second half offers what Metallica have perfected over the years. Dark lyrics, double bass drumming, fast guitar riffs while shouting:
All That I See
I Cannot Live
I Cannot Die
Trapped in Myself
Body My Holding Cell
Has Taken My Sight
Taken My Speech
Taken My Hearing
Taken My Arms
Taken My Legs
Taken My Soul
Left Me with Life in Hell”
Then going into one hell of a guitar solo. One is the reason I enjoy metal and got into it. Can you blame me? This song is perfect in every way possible. Slow then fast, calm then intense. One will always have that special place in my heart and I’ll never get tired of this song.
Thank you for reading and let me know what your fav Metallica songs are.