Broken, Beat & Scarred

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"Broken, Beat & Scarred"
Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred cover 1.jpg
Disc 1 cover
Single by Metallica
from the album Death Magnetic
B-side
  • "Broken, Beat & Scarred" (live)
  • "The End of the Line" (live)
  • "Stone Cold Crazy" (live)
  • "Of Wolf and Man" (live)
ReleasedApril 3, 2009
Format CD
Genre Thrash metal
Length6:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Rick Rubin
Metallica singles chronology
"All Nightmare Long"
(2008)
"Broken, Beat & Scarred"
(2009)
"The View"
(2011)
Music video
"Broken, Beat & Scarred" on YouTube
Alternative covers
Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred cover 2.jpg
Disc 2 cover
Alternative cover
Metallica - Broken, Beat & Scarred DVD cover.jpg
Disc 3 cover

"Broken, Beat & Scarred" is the forty-fifth single by American heavy metal band Metallica, and the fourth from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic, released on April 3, 2009. [1]

Single (music) type of music release usually containing one or two tracks

In the music industry, a single is a type of release, typically a song recording of fewer tracks than an LP record or an album. This can be released for sale to the public in a variety of different formats. In most cases, a single is a song that is released separately from an album, although it usually also appears on an album. Typically, these are the songs from albums that are released separately for promotional uses such as digital download or commercial radio airplay and are expected to be the most popular. In other cases a recording released as a single may not appear on an album.

Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.

Metallica American heavy metal band

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

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James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich argued at length over the title of this song. Hetfield said that he did not like the title, but Ulrich was "very adamant" that it should be called "Broken, Beat & Scarred". [2]

On March 19, Metallica's website announced "Broken, Beat & Scarred" as the next single from the album. The single was released in two formats - a digi-collectors edition and a maxi single.

Music video

On March 26, the official video for "Broken, Beat & Scarred" premiered on Metallica.com. The video features the band performing the song live on the Death Magnetic tour. It was directed by Wayne Isham, who has previously worked with the band on several videos including Cunning Stunts. [3]

Wayne Isham is an American director who has directed music videos of many popular artists.

Incorrect credits

The CD maxi single which was released in Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia, was found to have incorrect information in the credits. The band said that no one from the band or their management had been able to see the artwork before it was released, and it was the fault of the record company. The band said that the singles would be pulled from the stores and another batch was made available. They described the old version as a collector's item for fans who had already bought it. [4]

Track listing

International single part 1
No.TitleLength
1."Broken, Beat & Scarred"6:26
2."Broken, Beat & Scarred" (live)7:26
3."The End of the Line" (live)7:52
International single part 2
No.TitleLength
1."Broken, Beat & Scarred"6:26
2."Stone Cold Crazy" (live)3:24
3."Of Wolf and Man" (live)4:52
International single part 3 (DVD)
No.TitleLength
1."Broken, Beat & Scarred" (video)6:15
2."The Day That Never Comes" (video)8:25
3."Death Magnetic EPK/Promo Reel"17:25
Australian maxi single
No.TitleLength
1."Broken, Beat & Scarred"6:26
2."Broken, Beat & Scarred" (live)7:26
3."The End of the Line" (live)7:52
4."Stone Cold Crazy" (live)3:24
5."Of Wolf and Man" (live)4:52

Personnel

Metallica
James Hetfield American musician, songwriter and record producer

James Alan Hetfield is an American musician, singer, and songwriter known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band Metallica. Hetfield is mainly known for his intricate rhythm playing, but occasionally performs lead guitar duties and solos, both live and in the studio. Hetfield co-founded Metallica in October 1981 after answering a classified advertisement by drummer Lars Ulrich in the Los Angeles newspaper The Recycler. Metallica has won nine Grammy Awards and released ten studio albums, three live albums, four extended plays and 24 singles.

Singing act of producing musical sounds with the voice

Singing is the act of producing musical sounds with the voice and augments regular speech by the use of sustained tonality, rhythm, and a variety of vocal techniques. A person who sings is called a singer or vocalist. Singers perform music that can be sung with or without accompaniment by musical instruments. Singing is often done in an ensemble of musicians, such as a choir of singers or a band of instrumentalists. Singers may perform as soloists or accompanied by anything from a single instrument up to a symphony orchestra or big band. Different singing styles include art music such as opera and Chinese opera, Indian music and religious music styles such as gospel, traditional music styles, world music, jazz, blues, gazal and popular music styles such as pop, rock, electronic dance music and filmi.

Rhythm guitar guitar technique; part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section

In music performances, rhythm guitar is a technique and role that performs a combination of two functions: to provide all or part of the rhythmic pulse in conjunction with other instruments from the rhythm section ; and to provide all or part of the harmony, i.e. the chords from a song's chord progression, where a chord is a group of notes played together. Therefore, the basic technique of rhythm guitar is to hold down a series of chords with the fretting hand while strumming or fingerpicking rhythmically with the other hand. More developed rhythm techniques include arpeggios, damping, riffs, chord solos, and complex strums.

Other personnel

Chart performance

Chart (2009)Peak
position [5] [6] [7]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 75 [8]
Austria Singles Top 75 74
Dutch Top 40 25
Finland Singles Chart4
France Singles Top 100 36
German Singles Top 100 35
US Billboard European Hot 100 67
US Billboard Rock Songs 32
US Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
US Billboard Heritage Rock18

Release details

DateCountry/regionFormat [1]
April 3, 2009 Europe (except France)Digi-collector's edition
South America CD Maxi single
April 6, 2009 France Digi-collectors edition
April 13, 2009 Southeast Asia CD Maxi single
Australia
New Zealand

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