Frantic (song)

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Single by Metallica
from the album St. Anger
Released September 15, 2003 [1]
Recorded May 2002 April 2003
Length5:51(album version)
4:58 (radio edit)
Label Elektra
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Metallica singles chronology
"St. Anger"
"The Unnamed Feeling"
Music video
"Frantic" on YouTube

"Frantic" is the second single and opening track from American heavy metal band Metallica's 2003 album St. Anger .

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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This song, like many others on St. Anger, is about the band's past struggles with addictions, particularly lead singer James Hetfield's alcohol problem, for which he spent many months in rehab. The lyrics also draw on zen axioms, most notably the Buddhist concept of dukkha brought up by Kirk Hammett: "Birth is pain. Life is pain. Death is pain. It's All The Same."

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.

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Track listing

International Single Part 1
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:37
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "Frantic (Video)"
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International Single Part 2
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:40
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International 2-track Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
Belgian Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Fields of Rock Festival)" - 6:46
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Werchter Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "No Remorse (Live - Werchter Festival)" - 5:52
  • "Harvester of Sorrow" recorded live on June 15, 2003 at the Fields of Rock Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "No Remorse" recorded live on June 28, 2003 at the Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
Spanish Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 6:51
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "No Remorse (Live - Doctor Music Festival)" - 5:37
  • Live tracks recorded on June 21, 2003 at the Doctor Music Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Italian Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 7:02
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 6:33
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 7:18
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Imola Jammin' Festival)" - 5:29
  • Live tracks recorded on June 13, 2003 at the Imola Jammin' Festival, Imola, Italy
Danish Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 8:02
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 7:06
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Roskilde Festival)" - 6:49
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Roskilde Festival) - 5:33
  • Live tracks recorded on June 26, 2003 at the Roskilde Festival, Roskilde, Denmark
German Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Rock Am Ring)" - 6:49
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Rock Am Ring) - 6:58
  • Live tracks recorded on June 8, 2003 at the Rock Am Ring Festival, Nurburgring, Germany
French Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:53
  2. "Blackened (Live - Le Trabendo)" - 5:58
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - La Boule Noire)" - 7:05
  4. "Welcome Home (Saniatrium) (Live - La Boule Noire)" - 6:44
  • Recorded live on June 11, 2003 at Le Trabendo & La Boule Noire, Paris, France (Metallica played 3 gigs in Paris on that same day to celebrate the release of the St. Anger album)
Japanese EP
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Blackened (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:37
  3. "Harvester of Sorrow (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:41
  4. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live - Download Festival)" - 6:40
  5. "No Remorse (Live - Download Festival)" - 5:16
  • Live tracks recorded on June 1, 2003 at the Download Festival, Donington, UK
International Vinyl Single
  1. "Frantic" - 5:50
  2. "Frantic (UNKLE Reconstruction - Artificial Confidence)" - 6:51

Music video

A music video, directed by Wayne Isham, was made to go along with Frantic's release as a single. The video, featuring a shortened version of the song, depicts a man looking back on his life (in which he is constantly drinking, having sex, and smoking) at the instant that he crashes his rotisserie delivery pickup truck into an RV at an intersection. Intercut with those clips are scenes of the band performing the song in front of a pile of scrap metal (Hetfield and Hammett) and a set of rocks (Ulrich and Trujillo) At the end of the video, although the man's truck is upside-down, he finds himself still alive and laughs loudly until another car crashes into the window where he is located. The video was shot in Montreal, Canada.

A music video is a short film that integrates a song with imagery, and is produced for promotional or artistic purposes. Modern music videos are primarily made and used as a marketing device intended to promote the sale of music recordings. There are also cases where songs are used in tie-in marketing campaigns that allow them to become more than just a song. Tie-ins and merchandising can be used for toys or for food or other products. Although the origins of the music video date back to musical short films that first appeared in the 1920s, they again came into prominence in the 1980s when the channel MTV based their format around the medium. Prior to the 1980s, these kinds of videos were described by various terms including "illustrated song", "filmed insert", "promotional (promo) film", "promotional clip", "promotional video", "song video", "song clip" or "film clip".

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

Chart positions

Chart (2003-04)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [2] 22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) [3] 30
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) [4] 6
Denmark (Tracklisten) [5] 6
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) [6] 4
France (SNEP) [7] 59
Germany (Official German Charts) [8] 21
Ireland (IRMA)20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) [9] 32
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) [10] 23
Norway (VG-lista) [11] 5
Spain (PROMUSICAE) [12] 2
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) [13] 13
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) [14] 57
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)16
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 21

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