The End of the Line

Album: Death Magnetic (2008)

Songfacts®:

  • This song is about a self-destructive, drug-addicted star. Metallica had plenty of experience with "battle scars" and "chemical affinity," as did many of the musicians who came into their orbit (they did tour with Guns N' Roses).
  • The song's main riff here was salvaged from "The New Song," which Metallica debuted live during 2006. Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone. "We were writing and played two different new songs over the course of that summer, and none of them made the record (Death Magnetic). One was called 'New Song 1' – going out on a creative limb, here – and the other was called 'New Song 2.' That's how deep we went."

    He added: "There was a couple of pieces in 'New Song 1,' some of the middle bit ended up in 'All Nightmare Long,' and the intro bit ended up in 'The End of the Line.' That's how we work; stuff just gets changed around, moved over and this goes over there and the rest of that gets sacked and that ends up in the intro in song five." [Laughs]

Comments: 3

  • Zero from Nowhere, NjI think it's kind of a downer ending; the addict has overdosed and died and the bridge is his funeral, "As we gather here today, we bid farewell." Though I can't make sense of the slave becoming the master if the person died. (although we bid farewell could be farewell to the drug and the slave from the drug has become the master I can kinda see what you mean eric)
  • Eric from Duluth, MnI love this song. I think it's a part two of Master Of Puppets, and the addict has overcome his addiction. The title references a cocaine line, and that it is behind them. the lines "we bid farewell... the slave becomes the master" and "Never mind... You've reached the end of the line" sound like they are throwing away their past life and starting new, similar to James' detox time.
  • Nick from Cairns, AustraliaOne of my favourite new songs from metallica, it seems Metallica can still keep me interested and entertained even though the've reached their 40's. Anyway the album was intended to reach a sound more related to the Justice album and the Black album. This was in an interview with Kirk Hammett in the July 2008 issue of Metal Hammer magazine. Though I think its just like the Justice Album, since it has a 10 minute instrumental ("Suicide and Redemption" is pretty similar to "To Live is To Die"), most songs range from 5 to 8 minutes as well and follow the same song structure.
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