I’ve been cranking this tune.
My playlist even starts off with “The Unforgiven” trilogy.
My cousin purchased the “ReLoad” album on release day. I didn’t even know it was out. He calls me to come over, as he’s got a song he’s been working on that he wants me to hear.
So I go over and he plays a song. And I’m thinking why is the song starting exactly the same as “The Unforgiven” with that blaring car horn effect.
And I go to my cousin, “why are you playing me “The Unforgiven”, I’ve already heard it.”
But, I didn’t finish the sentence as the distortion chords with the octave guitar melody over the same chord progression as the first song, kick in.
James Hetfield sounds like he’s taken a dose of country as his voice in the verses is exactly like that. Even the way he arpeggiates, and does those double stop bends, it’s country.
Artists growth is an important tool. Hetfield grew up on hard rock and southern rock at first.
In a “SoWhat” interview, James mentions that he even wrote a letter to the Aerosmith fan club address he had in the 70s, telling the band how much their music meant to him and asking them a question, but he never got a response back.
And James brings his influences into the Metallica mix and the band keeps growing.
The Chorus has that unique Hetfield voice, melodic, aggressive and abrasive and it’s that Chorus that remains with me.
What I’ve felt, what I’ve known, turn the pages, turn the stone, behind the door, should I open it for you
The lost soul, a new “The Unforgiven” is found by another. But the door is shut, unable to let this other in.
But now I see the sun, now I see the sun
Yes now I see it
Only when “The Unforgiven” has lost the one thing that was known as love is the door to the heart finally open and the sun let in. But it’s too late.
Play it loud. \::/
2 thoughts on “The Unforgiven II”
I liked the Load and Relaod albums. Some great stuff on there but people were too caught up about the haircuts.
Oh yeah who can forget those hairdos. I also like their nod to the blues on these albums and you’ll hear a bit of Corrosion of Conformity influence on James.