The Unnamed Feeling

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"The Unnamed Feeling"
Metallica - The Unnamed Feeling cover.jpg
Single by Metallica
from the album St. Anger
B-side
  • "The Four Horsemen" (Live)
  • "Damage Inc." (Live)
  • "Leper Messiah" (Live)
  • "Motorbreath" (Live)
  • "Ride the Lightning" (Live)
  • "Hit the Lights" (Live)
ReleasedJanuary 12, 2004
Format
Genre Heavy metal
Length7:08(album version)
5:32 (radio edit)
Label Elektra
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Frantic"
(2003)
"The Unnamed Feeling"
(2004)
"Some Kind of Monster"
(2004)
Music video
"The Unnamed Feeling" on YouTube

"The Unnamed Feeling" is song by heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on January 12, 2004 as the third single from the band's the eighth studio album, St. Anger (2003). The song is about an unnamed feeling (which, according to Hetfield, is anxiety) a person feels when they are close to the edge of losing control, just before he or she panics.

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.

<i>St. Anger</i> 2003 studio album by Metallica

St. Anger is the eighth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on June 5, 2003. It was the last Metallica album released through Elektra Records, the final collaboration between Metallica and producer Bob Rock and the band's only album to date without an official bass player, as Jason Newsted had left shortly before recording sessions began; Rock took his spot as bassist for the album. The artwork was created by Metallica collaborator Pushead.

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Along with a music video, the song was released as a single exclusively to Australia. It was released as part of an E.P. in the UK. The unique video, directed by The Malloys, featured the band performing in a virtually empty room that gradually closed in on them throughout the song. This was accompanied by visual stories of several people all experiencing that "unnamed feeling" in their own way.

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".

Australia Country in Oceania

Australia, officially the Commonwealth of Australia, is a sovereign country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania and numerous smaller islands. It is the largest country in Oceania and the world's sixth-largest country by total area. The neighbouring countries are Papua New Guinea, Indonesia and East Timor to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east. The population of 25 million is highly urbanised and heavily concentrated on the eastern seaboard. Australia's capital is Canberra, and its largest city is Sydney. The country's other major metropolitan areas are Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

Extended play musical recording longer than a single, but shorter than a full album

An extended play record, often referred to as an EP, is a musical recording that contains more tracks than a single, but is usually unqualified as an album or LP. EPs generally contain a minimum of four tracks and maximum of six tracks, and are considered "less expensive and time-consuming" for an artist to produce than an album. An EP originally referred to specific types of vinyl records other than 78 rpm standard play (SP) and LP, but it is now applied to mid-length CDs and downloads as well.

The front cover for the basic singles depicts the "monster" from their other St. Anger single, "Some Kind of Monster". However, cover art for the Australia-exclusive CD single for "The Unnamed Feeling" was chosen by Metallica through a contest where Australian fans could submit their own original artwork. The winning piece by Louis Claveria depicts an isolated illustration of a black heart roughly outlined in white with a black background. Claveria's artwork was autographed by the band and framed, and all four finalists were featured in an exclusive poster insert included in the single. Exclusive live B-sides from Metallica's first show at the Big Day Out festival in Brisbane were featured on the Australian single. [1]

Some Kind of Monster (song) 2004 extended play by Metallica

"Some Kind of Monster" is the fourth single from the American heavy metal band Metallica's eighth studio album St. Anger. The song appeared in 2003 along with the album, but it was released as a single on July 13, 2004. "Some Kind of Monster" was Nominated for Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2005 but lost to Velvet Revolver for the song "Slither".

Big Day Out Australasian music festival

The Big Day Out was an annual music festival that was held in five Australian cities: Sydney, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Adelaide and Perth, as well as Auckland, New Zealand. The festival was held during summer, typically in January of each year but was sometimes held as late as early February in some cities including Perth.

Brisbane capital city of Queensland, Australia

Brisbane is the capital of and most populous city in the Australian state of Queensland, and the third most populous city in Australia. Brisbane's metropolitan area has a population of 2.5 million, and the South East Queensland region, centred on Brisbane, encompasses a population of more than 3.5 million. The Brisbane central business district stands on the historic European settlement and is situated inside a peninsula of the Brisbane River, about 15 kilometres from its mouth at Moreton Bay. The metropolitan area extends in all directions along the floodplain of the Brisbane River Valley between Moreton Bay and the Great Dividing Range, sprawling across several of Australia's most populous local government areas (LGAs) — most centrally the City of Brisbane, which is by far the most populous LGA in the nation. The demonym of Brisbane is "Brisbanite".

Track listing

International EP
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:10
2."The Four Horsemen" (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)5:30
3."Damage, Inc." (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)4:59
4."Leper Messiah" (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)6:24
5."Motorbreath" (Live at Le Boule Noire, Paris, 2003)3:13
6."Ride the Lightning" (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)7:31
7."Hit the Lights" (Live at Trabendo, Paris, 2003)4:10
8."The Unnamed Feeling" (CDROM Video) 
International Single Part 1
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:10
2."The Four Horsemen" (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)5:31
3."Damage, Inc." (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)5:00
4."The Unnamed Feeling" (CDROM Video) 
International Single Part 2
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:10
2."Hit the Lights" (Live at Le Trabendo, Paris, 2003)4:10
3."Ride the Lightning" (Live at Le Bataclan, Paris, 2003)7:31
4."Motorbreath" (Live at Boule Noire, Paris, 2003)3:13
International 7" Picture Disc
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:10
2."Leper Messiah" (Live)6:24
Cardsleeve single
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:09
2."Frantic" (UNKLE Reconstruction - Artificial Confidence)6:48
Australian single
No.TitleLength
1."The Unnamed Feeling"7:11
2."Dirty Window" (Live at the Big Day Out, Gold Coast, 2004)5:31
3."Master of Puppets" (Live at the Big Day Out, Gold Coast, 2004)8:32
4."Battery" (Live at the Big Day Out, Gold Coast, 2004)5:42

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