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It is the opening track and lead single from their self-titled fifth album, Metallicareleased in Vocalist and rhythm guitarist Hetfield wrote the lyrics, which deal with the concept of a child's nightmares.
Acclaimed by critics, the song is featured in all of Metallica's live albums and DVDs released after and has been played live at award ceremonies and benefit concerts.
Ulrich's house in Berkeley, Californiawas used for this purpose. The song was among the album's last to have lyrics,  and the lyrics featured in the song are not the original; Hetfield felt that "Enter Sandman" sounded "catchy and kind of commercial" and so to counterbalance the sound, he wrote lyrics about "destroy[ing] the perfect family; a huge horrible secret in a family" that included references to crib death.
An instrumental demo was recorded on August 13, As the first to be produced by Bob Rock, it was recorded differently than previous Metallica albums; Rock suggested that the band members record in the studio while playing together, rather than separately. The simpler songs in the album Metallica including "Enter Sandman", are a departure from the band's previous, more musically complex album And Justice for All. Howorth, in The Wah Wah Bookcharacterized the main riff as "sinister".
It's Drag U Down - The Trouble With Larry - The Trouble With Larry the beasts under your bed, in your closet, in your head". Initially, the song "Holier Than Thou" was slated to be the opening track and first single from Metallica ;  according to the documentary A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallicaproducer Bob Rock told Ulrich and Hetfield that the album has "five or six songs that are going to be classics", not only with fans but also on the radio, and that "the first song that should come out is 'Holier Than Thou'".
The single was released on July 30,two weeks before the release of Metallica. On September 30,it became Metallica's second single to achieve gold status in the United States, for shipping more thancopies.
Chris True of Allmusic declared it "one of Metallica's best moments" and a "burst of stadium level metal that, once away from the buildup intro, never lets up". Since the song's release, there have been claims that Enter Sandman - Metallica - Metallica main riff was taken from the song "Tapping into the Emotional Void" by Excel.
Init was reported that Excel members were considering legal action against Metallica due to the similarities between the songs. It was also the first of six Metallica Enter Sandman - Metallica - Metallica videos directed by Wayne Isham. Armstrong with shots of the band playing the song. During the part of the song in which the child recites a prayer, he is being watched by the Sandman.
Throughout the video, the picture flickers continuously. Alvin Drew to wake up space shuttle astronauts aboard STS The song was selected for Mission Specialist Robert L. During the invasion of Iraquncooperative prisoners were exposed to the song for extended periods by American interrogators. According to United States Psychological Operationsthe intention was to "break a prisoner's resistance [ Rivera himself was often nicknamed "Sandman".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The original main riff from "Enter Sandman". Sample of the main riff from "Enter Sandman" as it was originally written by Kirk Hammett and before Lars Ulrich suggested to repeat the first part.
Sample of "Enter Sandman" from Metallica's album Metallica. In this sample, the main riff of the song can be heard in the beginning followed by the verse and the pre-chorus. The whole song evolved from the main riff, written by guitarist Kirk Hammett. At that time, Apocalyptica consisted of four cellists. All the songs on the album are instrumental covers of Metallica songs arranged and played on cellos.
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