12 O'Clock Track: Metallica, "The Four Horsemen"

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Pre-St. Anger
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If you're reading this blog post, then it means you lived through the apocalypse. Congratulations. You're probably in survival mode right now—scavenging for food, building out your subterranean bunker, fashioning weapons out of household objects, barricading your windows and doors from rioting looters and/or hordes of zombies—so I'm sure that rock music is far from the first thing on your mind. But let's say you're looking to set the mood for the current pickle you're finding yourself in. Look no further for your Armageddon-soundtrack needs than today's 12 O'Clock Track, "The Four Horsemen" by Metallica. What else would you listen to right now, R.E.M.?

"The Four Horsemen" comes off Metallica's 1983 debut full-length Kill 'Em All, and like pretty much everything else that came out on their first four records, it's one of the toughest things you'll ever hear. The song's galloping rhythm (obviously inspired by "Detroit Rock City" by Kiss) and screams of "pestilence!" and "death!" make you feel like the four horsemen themselves are gaining on you. Listening to this song not only stirs up excitement and fear within me, but it also makes me wish Metallica never went the way of Napster lawsuits and Lou Reed collaborations.

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