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Sunday, 24 September 2017 18:20

Metallica - Jump In The Fire

This song is written from the perspective of The Devil. He tempts people with sin and waits as they die and enter hell, which is where they "jump in the fire." One of the earliest Metallica songs, this was the second single they released, after "Whiplash." Dave Mustaine, who left the band in 1983, helped write the song, earning one of his four composer credits in Metallica. The song was included on Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All, and reflects the band's New Wave influences; drummer Lars Ulrich was quoted as saying that the song was inspired by Iron Maiden, whose hit "Run To The Hills" had been the most popular song on the radio at the time. Lars claimed that "Jump in the Fire" was Metallica's response to "Run to the Hills," and was intended to be their breakthrough single.
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Thursday, 21 September 2017 09:35

Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations

"Lightning to the Nations" is the title track from Diamond Head's self-released 1980 album. Lyrics are written by Diamond Head lead Sean Harris, instrumentation is pretty much a collaboration of the entire band (at the time) of Sean Harris, Colin Kimberly, Duncan Scott, and Brian Tatler. Listening to the electrifying guitar work, it's easy to see why heavy metal magazine Burn! ranked Lightning to the Nations the third best riff album of all time, just after Black Sabbath's Master of Reality and Slayer's Reign in Blood. How old were the band members when this song was recorded? Tatler, Scott, and Harris were 19, Kimberly was 20. Says Harris of this time: "We didn't know s--t." Unfortunately, their inexperience was taken advantage of by their manager Reg Fellows. Fellows, who owned a cardboard factory, was responsible for the low-quality first album issue (aka "The White Label Album"), and would go around afterwards reselling the album under various names (Am I Evil?, To Heaven From Hell, Behold the Beginning), even with different cover artwork. The band has since been vocal in protesting how they'd been exploited. [...] http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=18888
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