James Hetfield was in a dark place when he wrote "Fade To Black." For what he openly refers to as a "suicide song," Hetfield picked up an acoustic guitar and wrote a hopeless ballad unlike anything Metallica had ever recorded before. Basically begging for life to end, the song's lyrics are almost unsettling in how bluntly they deal with (and desire) death, but it was a message that resonated deeply with (freaked-out, but nonetheless awestruck) fans, and it remains one of Metallica's standout tracks.