Whiplash (Metallica song)

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"Whiplash"
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Single by Metallica
from the album Kill 'Em All
B-side "Whiplash" (Neckbrace Remix)
ReleasedAugust 8, 1983
Format
RecordedMay 10–27, 1983 at Music America Studios, Rochester, New York
Genre Thrash metal
Length4:06
Label Megaforce
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Metallica singles chronology
"Whiplash"
(1983)
"Jump in the Fire"
(1984)
Audio sample

"Whiplash" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their debut album, Kill 'Em All . The song has been covered a number of times, most notably by Motörhead whose version won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. [1]

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>Kill Em All</i> 1983 studio album by Metallica

Kill 'Em All is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983, by the independent record label Megaforce Records. Kill 'Em All is regarded as a groundbreaking album for thrash metal because of its precise musicianship, which fuses new wave of British heavy metal riffs with hardcore punk tempos. The album's musical approach and lyrics were markedly different from rock's mainstream of the early 1980s and inspired a number of bands who followed in similar manner. The album did not enter the Billboard 200 until 1986, when it peaked at number 155, following Metallica's commercial success with its third studio album Master of Puppets; the 1988 Elektra reissue peaked at number 120. Kill 'Em All was critically praised at the time of its release and in retrospect, and was placed on a few publications' best album lists. It was certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 1999 for shipping three million copies in the United States. The album generated two singles, "Whiplash" and "Jump in the Fire".

Contents

"Whiplash" was first played in October 23, 1982, and was one of the last songs they wrote for Kill 'Em All.

Cover versions and appearances in media

Motörhead English rock band

Motörhead were an English rock band formed in June 1975 by bassist, singer, and songwriter Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, who was the sole constant member, guitarist Larry Wallis and drummer Lucas Fox. The band are often considered a precursor to the new wave of British heavy metal, which re-energised heavy metal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Though several guitarists and drummers have played in Motörhead, most of their best-selling albums and singles feature the work of Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor on drums and "Fast" Eddie Clarke on guitars.

<i>Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute</i> 2004 compilation album by Various artists

Metallic Attack: The Ultimate Tribute is a tribute album to thrash metal band Metallica. Motörhead's cover of "Whiplash" from this album won a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" in 2005. The album contains covers of songs from Metallica's first 5 studio albums.

Grammy Award accolade by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States

A Grammy Award, or Grammy, is an award presented by The Recording Academy to recognize achievements in the music industry. The annual presentation ceremony features performances by prominent artists, and the presentation of those awards that have a more popular interest. The Grammys are the second of the Big Three major music awards held annually.

Track listing

US Single (vinyl)
No.TitleLength
1."Jump in the Fire"4:41
2."Whiplash" (Special Neckbrace Remix)4:24
3."Seek & Destroy" (Live)7:04
4."Phantom Lord" (Live)4:52
US Single (cassette maxi-single)
No.TitleLength
1."Jump in the Fire"4:41
2."(Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth" (instrumental)4:15
3."Whiplash" (Special Neckbrace Remix)4:24
4."Seek & Destroy" (Live)7:04
5."Phantom Lord" (Live)4:52

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