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Thrashback Thursday: Metallica - Trapped Under Ice

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Over the past few weeks, the Thrashback Thursday column hasn't quite lived up to its name by featuring grindcore songs, namely; Napalm Death's, "Suffer The Children" and Brutal Truth's, "Sugardaddy," with the proto-black metal staple, "Satanic Rites" by Hellhammer being featured the week before. While it's been made clear from the start that this column won't focus solely on thrash metal, this week we'll be heading back to the eighties to take a look at a song from thrash metal's biggest band, Metallica and the song, "Trapped Under Ice" from their beloved album, "Ride The Lightning."

"Ride The Lightning" was Metallica's sophomore full length album, being released a year after their debut, "Kill 'em All" and brought a lot more melody to Metallica's sound than previously heard, perhaps most notably on, "Fade To Black" and the instrumental closer, "Call of Ktulu." However, there was plenty of heaviness still on offer, including the twisting riffs of Metallica classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls," the sharp shocks of opener, "Fight Fire With Fire" and the Moses biopic, "Creeping Death."

However, the track we'll be examining this week, "Trapped Under Ice," showcases everything that was great about Metallica in their prime. On the album, the song brings listeners right back to frantic energy after the preceding number, "Fade To Black" and displays a sound which is all about speed, opening with a guitar intro and breaking into a wild riff, it's reminiscent of wild horses and motor racing less than 30 seconds into the song. There isn't much in the way of vocal melody, which is actually a plus when delivering the panic stricken and paranoid lyrics, however there's still enough to create a catchy, if brief, chourus. "Trapped Under Ice" is arguably one of the more overlooked songs on this classic album, but it's a perfect snapshot of the young thrash metal genre, showcasing a youthful energy and passion which would make the sub-genre such a success and by extension, why Metallica would become thrash's biggest ambassadors, at least for the decade.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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1. Alb writes:

Metallica are today are bunch of old farts that are
Getting commercial before old age and retire fake
Thrash metal....metallica are sad old farts that
Wants your money before leving poser place.

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2. X writes:

Albert, why are you so obsessed with the word "commercial"?

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3. alb. writes:

found it fuuckin wikipedia or some sort of dictionary?

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4. Drum_Junkie writes:

I never thought I'd type this, but I miss the days when an article like this would get a
"##SOUND OF TOILET FLUSHING##" comment.
At least you knew exactly where the commenter stood.

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5. Westfallen writes:

I bet Lars has a designated toilet flusher. It's been a long time since the days of Metal Up Your A$$!

Love it when you haven't heard a good record in years, then give it a spin. Gives you a bit of nostalgia and fresh energy. Thanks Oz keep em coming.

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6. Diamond Oz writes:

Cheers Westfallen, glad you're enjoying the columns!

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7. Trapped under @$$ writes:

Cool song. Takes me back.

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