The Metallica Song James Hetfield Regretted Writing

Most musicians can write and compose hundreds of songs throughout their music career. However, as you may have guessed, not all of these songs end up being featured in their albums. When the songwriting process ends, some of them end up being disappointments for the artist.

On the other hand, music labels or fans can expect the artists to release a musical effort that pleases their particular liking. Due to that, many music acts include these songs in their albums without really wanting it. It seems this was the case with James Hetfield, who regretted writing a song from Metallica’s vast catalog.

What Caused James Hetfield To Regret Writing That One Metallica Song?

On July 27, 1984, Metallica began work on their second studio album, “Ride The Lightning.” The album, which was quickly recorded at Copenhagen, Denmark’s Sweet Silence Studios in three weeks, was well received by both critics and fans and demonstrated the band’s progress musically and lyrically.

James Hetfield’s least favorite song on the album was ‘Escape,’ though. This tune, which was originally called “The Hammer,” had simpler riffs and a traditional song structure. Since the record business pushed them to create it, Hetfield didn’t like it at all, hence they have only played “Escape” once live since its debut, at the 2012 Orion Music + More festival.

James Hetfield revealed to the Sopitas that they created “Escape” while in the recording studio because the record label required them to add one more song to the album. Hetfield claimed that despite not like the request, they nevertheless managed to write the song just before the deadline.

What James Hetfield said to Sopitas about the song “Escape” is as follows:

The first song we wrote in the studio was “Ride the Lightning.” In my memory, Lars stated, “They want us to record one more; they need one more for the album,” even though we had had all the songs recorded. You didn’t tell me that, I said. As a result, we had to write quickly. The song “Escape” was therefore one of those written in the studio.

Additionally, on June 23, 2012, during the performance at their Orion Music + More event, Hetfield fearlessly stood up and informed the crowd that “Escape” is the song that Metallica had always wanted to perform live on stage, and that it had now been added to the setlist. Although listeners seemed to appreciate it, it doesn’t appear that the band did.

The following is how James Hetfield introduced “Escape” on stage:

“The song that we never wanted to play live, ever, is now on the setlist.”

You can listen to Metallica’s ‘Escape’ live performance below.

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