My Friend of Misery (from Metallica)
Granted the first time I heard “My Friend of Misery”, I thought it was a throwaway song, filler for the Black Album. But after more and more listens, I came to realize it’s a powerhouse, progressive track. It’s got a fantastic groove for the verses with a really nice acoustic guitar part that’s rather buried in the mix, which certainly adds to the feel. It also happens to be one of the few songs bassist Jason Newsted got credit for writing.
Fixxxer (from Reload)
A song Metallica has never played live, Fixxxer is found buried as the very last song on 1997’s Reload album. However, it’s worthy of being the second or third song on that record. On James Hetfield’s handwritten lyrics from June 4, 1997, he actually titles it “The Fixxxer” and for him the lyrics are very personal, dealing with his childhood and parents (“Can you heal what father’s done? Or fix this hole in a mother’s son”)and how alcohol numbs the pain of the “pins”. Like “The Outlaw Torn”, the song fades in, then slams you in the face with the main riff. It really is a shame Metallica has never played this song live.
Lords of Summer (from Hardwired. . . To Self Destruct)
Kind of lost on the latest Metallica album is “Lords of Summer”, which opens the third side of the deluxe edition collection. Hetfield’s riff, as usual, carries this galloping gem. It’s a just a good, old-fashioned, straight-up Metallica song the band debuted in 2014 at a concert in Bogota, Colombia.