James Hetfield: What's the Most Difficult Situation I've Been In

"It means a lot to me that my darkness can connect with your darkness and make it OK."

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James Hetfield: What's the Most Difficult Situation I've Been In
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James Hetfield was asked during a fan Q&A about "the most difficult situation you have been through in your life, as a person and as a band," to which he replied (transcribed by UG):

"We've grown up together, we've experienced so many life experiences together... Great, great mountains we've climbed, and then deep, deep valleys we've been in.

"The passing of Cliff was really, really difficult for all of us.

"I would say the movie 'Some Kind of Monster' definitely highlights a really difficult time for the band and me personally.

"I think that being honest in our music, being honest about ourselves as artists - music is such a great therapy.

"It means a lot to me that my darkness can connect with your darkness and make it OK. [crowd applause]"

26 comments sorted by best / new / date

    gjholloway
    "It means a lot to me that my darkness can connect with your darkness and make it OK." & that's why Load, ReLoad & St. Anger are my favourite albums, because they connect with me with lyrically in a way that no other album has or probably ever will. Whenever I listen to Load, ReLoad or St. Anger, I can look at the lyrics & think "Wow, James has felt the same way that I have felt or am feeling right now." And there's a connection there that I just don't get with any other album.
    soundsabbath
    I don't give a shit what the general ppl say, Load is a quality album and always was!
    ScottStewart1
    Bleeding Me is one of my top favorite songs from them.
    gaarhus
    Outlaw Torn, Bleeding Me, Hero of the Day, Carpe Diem, Low Mans Lyric, Fixxxer, definitely in my top Metallica songs. Everything from Load/Reload really, except for Cure. Just never got that one.
    ScottStewart1
    I really like Cure, then song I always skip is Better Than You. Probably their second worst song (Invisible Kid will always hold that title, I can't picture them writing anything worse at this point).
    thetonto
    Haha i always loved the first playing of the main riff (no drums), but other than that yeah Invisible Kid is something...and Purify...mah gawd... But Better Than You is great! Always diggin the verse and prechorus.
    patocrisis
    I love Load & Reload, but there are a lot of songs that I think are not up to par, and probably could have been one great album if they would have picked the best songs from the two albums and made a single one.
    Glass_Ceiling
    Load / Reload also have a fantastic sound, great production. I'd dare to say even better than the black album.
    Salvo416
    I really love load! Reload however felt like it was mostly filler. but songs like Bleeding Me, Hero of the Day, King Nothing, Until it Sleeps, 2x4, Cure, Poor Twisted Me, 0utlaw Torn, House Jack Built and Ain't My Bitch are some of their best songs!!
    kcampbell0064
    Load and Reload are 2 killer albums that are way underrated. Bad Seed, Ronnie I love them all.
    Dane Gretzky
    I can absolutely share your view here. These songs feel so natural and easy to listen to, wich is not bad ,theyre still heavy and seize you by the collar and pull you deeper in. 
    rufizonfire
    After I watched the doco, St Anger was way better to listen to and seemed to make a lot more sense.
    Eifler121
    Kind of the obvious answers, but certainly justifiably so. They were young when Cliff died. He was barely starting life. Some kind of monster haunts them to this day, too.
    Riff1234
    My son and his band lost 2 drummers, one to cancer, one to an accident. They were young, and it was kinda screwy. Sometiimes life hits you hard in the face. Let's you know straight away, death is always nearby.