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        James Hetfield is the lead singer and guitarist for one of the most famous heavy metal bands of all time, Metallica. He started the band with drummer Lars Ulrich in 1981. Metallica wrote music in a faster and heavier style than other metal bands before, this style was later known as thrash. Hetfield has written most of the bands lyrics as well as many of their famous riffs.

        Hetfield has a very interesting lyrical writing style. He writes each song on a specific topic or idea, many of them are like short stories. Many of his lyrics also involve war and violence, and the product of the two. The song "One" from the 1988 album "...And Justice For All" is based on the war novel "Johnny Got His Gun." It's about a veteran whose life is a "living hell" because he lost his limbs in battle. "Creeping Death" from the 1984 album "Ride The Lightning" comes from the Bible and is about the Hebrew slaves in ancient Egypt. The opening line is "Slaves! Hebrews born to serve, to the Pharaoh. Heed! To his every word, live in fear."

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        James also has a gift for writing using brilliant metaphores. For example, the title track from the 1986 album "Master of Puppets" can be interpreted to be about obsession and addiction. The chorus line says "Come crawling faster, obey your master, your life burns faster, obey your master." More specifically the song could also be about drug addiction when it says, "Needle work the way," "Veins that pump with fear," or "Chop your breakfast on a mirror." The same ideas can be found on the second track "Sad But True" on Metallica's 1991 self-titled album (often known as the Black Album because of the black cover).
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