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  • Right from the start, Hetfield didn't experience the best childhood in the world, but this was one of the main and primary reasons as to why he turned to music - a decision that I, as well as many other fans, am extremely glad and grateful that he did
  • Although Hetfield may have turned to drinking to ease some of these pains, it was a problem that he would eventually come to fix later, after heavy struggles
  • After being in rehab for around a year, give or take, going into a group therapy which is all documented on cameras sounds like one task just about anyone would really want to avoid, but Hetfield didn't


    • by Grimmy101
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      James Hetfield, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter of Metallica, is a person who has come an extremely long way throughout his entire life - and not just because of what he has done in the band but also within his own personal life. Right from the start, Hetfield didn’t experience the best childhood in the world, but this was one of the main and primary reasons as to why he turned to music - a decision that I, as well as many other fans, am extremely glad and grateful that he did. If Hetfield had never turned to music then he would’ve never had the opportunity to meet up with Lars Ulrich, a drummer who had recently moved to America from Europe, and eventually create the greatest and one of the most influential metal bands in history. Hetfield demonstrates his character as he continued to move on through his childhood even after his father leaving his family and his mother eventually dying from cancer, after refusing to see doctors due to religious beliefs. However, this death is not the only

      major one that Hetfield would have to deal with during his life - during 1986 he had to deal with yet another highly significant person in his life leaving - his band mate and one of his best friends, Cliff Burton. Despite the loss, the fact that Hetfield, and the rest of the band for that matter, chose to continue rather than just quitting shows their strong determination and persistent character. Although Hetfield may have turned to drinking to ease some of these pains, it was a problem that he would eventually come to fix later, after heavy struggles.

      Myself personally, along with just about everyone who enjoys metal, appreciates Hetfield immensely and hold him in extremely high regards as far as rhythm guitar playing and songwriting. On every record that Metallica put out he truly proves hes one of the best at what he does as far as guitar playing because of his constant and steady excellent delivery of riffs, whether they be fast and thrashy, powerful and heavy, or simply even just clean and melodic. Also, on ...


      • every album, aside from St. Anger, Hetfield continued to mature as a lyricist and started to write extremely personal and moving songs, particularly during the Load era. Hetfield is the genius behind Metallica and every fan knows that without him the band simply would not be able to continue strong, they’d lack the most important part of the formula that makes up Metallica.

        So far I’ve talked about how strong Hetfield is as a person and I’ve also talked how brilliant he is as a musician. I briefly mentioned that he struggled with alcoholism in the first paragraph and I’ll expand on that now. Hetfield, all of Metallica actually, drank extremely heavy right from the starting days of Kill ‘Em All before they eventually nearly fell apart due to bassist Jason Newsted leaving and Hetfield checking into rehab after being thrown out of the house by his wife for alcoholism. Not only did Hetfield go to rehab for his problems, but after coming back to the group, he, and the entire group went through therapy with “Performance enhancement coach: Phil

        Towle”. After being in rehab for around a year, give or take, going into a group therapy which is all documented on cameras sounds like one task just about anyone would really want to avoid, but Hetfield didn’t. Rather than choosing to ignore the groups problems and the personal problems of each member, Hetfield and the rest of the band went through therapy until their problems were resolved - emerging as better people and a band that works better together overall.

        I’m not going into very specific details about Hetfield’s life but I can tell you that even from an early age he had to deal with problems in his childhood and adolescent years that really never left him until his adult years, some still remain actually. However, the character and determination of this man is something to truly admire, and the fact that he’s one of the greatest musicians to come out of the thrash metal scenes only adds onto his character. Even if you don’t really enjoy Metallica’s music, the life of this man is something to admire and respect.




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