Metallica

Enter Sandman

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The anticipation for new Metallica output had always been pretty high, but thanks to the reaction to the release of “One” as a single and video in 1989, anticipation for 1991’s Metallica was at fever pitch -- and the lead single “Enter Sandman” only made it bigger. Its trademark intro, written off the cuff by Kirk Hammett, is one of Metallica’s best moments, and is recognizable around the world. A marked departure from the length and prog of ...And Justice for All, “Enter Sandman” is a burst of stadium level metal that, once away from the buildup intro, never lets up (outside of a breakdown near the end which brilliantly utilizes that famous “now I lay me down to sleep” bedtime prayer in such a way to add to the scary movie aspect of the song). Lyrically, the song was built around one of James Hetfield’s weird song titles laying around, and centers around nightmares and all that come with them. Once released, the song took on a life of its own, becoming one of the most recognizable songs of all time, not just in metal but in rock in general.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Metallica 1991 Elektra 5:31
Year and a Half in Life, Vol. 1 1992 Elektra
No Image 1994
Various Artists
Geffen
No Image 1994
A Year and a Half in the Life of...,Pts. 1 & 2 1999 Elektra
Metallica [2003 DVD] 2003 Eagle Vision
The Videos: 1989-2004 [Video] 2006 Warner Bros.
The Metallica Collection 2009 Warner Bros.