Kerrang! (UK) - - Metallica -

De­tail­ing a de­scent into de­pres­sion over a som­bre, picked riff, Fade To Black was a bold de­par­ture from thrash on Ride The Light­ning, but one that widened James Het­field’s pal­ette. “I was pretty de­pressed at the time be­cause our gear had just been stolen, and we had been thrown out of our man­ager’s house for break­ing shit and drink­ing his liquor,” he re­called. “It’s a sui­cide song, and we got a lot of flack for it, [as if] kids were killing them­selves be­cause of the song. But we also got let­ters from kids telling us how it made them feel bet­ter.”

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