I realized recently that it’s been almost a year since I’ve done a Metal For Friday post on this blog. This series, which has been ongoing for years, used to be a weekly thing here at SeanMunger.com. But alas, things change, priorities change, time recedes into the past, and I simply can’t keep up with the frantic pace of articles that I used to do on this blog years ago.
But here is a wonderful metal song–perhaps one of the most beloved power ballads of all time, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica. It’s amazing to think about it, but this single, from the controversial “Black Album,” was released on April 20, 1992–a quarter-century ago yesterday. I recall when it came out. This official video was compiled from clips from Metallica’s two-part documentary, A Year in the Life of Metallica, which chronicled the recording of the Black Album in 1990 and 1991. Now a generation in the past, this song brings back so many memories, not just of the times when I heard it frequently, but in the years past. I remember, for example, a bunch of drunk metalheads singing “Nothing Else Matters” in the beer garden of the Wacken Open Air metal festival, and I believe a version of the song even appears in a video embedded in one of the articles (I don’t recall which one) in my Wacken 2014 diary.
This is a great song, one of the best and most enduring metal songs ever. Metal is still a huge part of my life, even though it doesn’t make it to this blog as often as it used to. Open mind for a different view…and nothing else matters.