Today marks the day when rock band Metallica placed #1 with their self-titled album for a four week run during 1991 according to thisdayinmusic.com. This album featured songs such as Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven and Nothing Else Matters.
The song Enter Sandman was supposed to be about death, but the topic was changed to nightmares because Metallica’s producer at the time, Bob Rock, thought that “Death doesn’t sell” according to songfacts.com. The site also mentions that after the US invaded Iraq in 2003, this was one of the songs they played over and over is sessions designed to break the will of Saddam Hussein’s supporters.
Sad But True is about blind faith in religion and the lengths people will go to practice their faiths states songfacts.com. It also mentions that James Hetfield got the idea for this song from the 1978 Anthony Hopkins film Magic, which is about a ventriloquist who is controlled by his evil puppet.
The Unforgiven was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett, this song was a new style for Metallica states songfacts.com. There are also three parts to this song. The second one is on is on the Reloaded album that was recorded in 1997. The third part was recorded on The Death Magnetic album in 2008.
In Nothing Else Matters the orchestration in the song was arranged by Michael Kamen, who also conducted the San Francisco Symphony orchestra states songfacts.com. The site also states this is one of the few Metallica songs where James Hetfield played the guitar solo rather than Kirk Hammett. Below is a YouTube video of Enter Sandman.