Metallica lyrics have always been wise. Metallica’s new album, 72 Seasons, is all about the first 18 years of one’s life. James Hetfield of Metallica explained the album’s concept with a question; “How do you evolve, and grow, and mature, and develop your own ideas and identity of self after those first 72 seasons?” The LP grew out of that idea.
Growing up is hard. In the first 18 years of our lives, we experience things that are out of our control. As a kid, you really can’t do much about the hand you’re dealt. It’s only after you become an adult, fly the coop, and make your own start, that you come into your own. Things are finally in your control.
Metallica lyrics have covered this before, maybe without even realizing it. A lot of their lyrics totally encapsulate what it feels like to grow up. Their lyrics have probably helped a lot of young people out. But truly, they know what it’s like to be in the first 72 seasons of your life. How powerless you feel and need to find your way somehow.