The Unnamed Feeling

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"The Unnamed Feeling"
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)
Released January 12, 2004
Format CD single, Vinyl
Genre Heavy metal
Length 7:08 (album version)
5:32 (radio edit)
Label Elektra
Writer(s) Kirk Hammett
James Hetfield
Bob Rock
Lars Ulrich
Producer(s) Bob Rock
Metallica
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 the third single by heavy metal band Metallica, taken from the eighth studio album St. Anger. The song is about an unnamed feeling (anxiety, according to Hetfield) a person feels when they are close to the edge of losing control, just before he or she panics.

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.

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]

Track listing[edit]

International EP
No. Title Length
1. "The Unnamed Feeling"   7:10
2. "The Four Horsemen" (Live) 5:30
3. "Damage, Inc." (Live) 4:59
4. "Leper Messiah" (Live) 6:24
5. "Motorbreath" (Live) 3:13
6. "Ride the Lightning" (Live) 7:31
7. "Hit the Lights" (Live) 4:10
8. "The Unnamed Feeling" (CDROM Video)  
International Single Part 1
No. Title Length
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. Title Length
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. Title Length
1. "The Unnamed Feeling"   7:10
2. "Leper Messiah" (Live) 6:24
Cardsleeve single
No. Title Length
1. "The Unnamed Feeling"   7:09
2. "Frantic" (UNKLE Reconstruction - Artificial Confidence) 6:48
Australian single
No. Title Length
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

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Unnamed Artist Metallica.com (February 2, 2004). Retrieved on 5-23-11.

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