James Hetfield commenting on "Fade To Black"
"That song was a pretty big step for us. It was pretty much our first ballad, so it was challenging and we knew it would freak people out. Band like Exodus and Slayer don't do ballads, but they've stuck themselves in that position we never wanted to do; limiting yourself to please your audience is bullshit.
Recording that song, I learned how
frustrating acoustic guitar can be. You could hear every squeak, so I had to be
careful. I wrote the song at a friend's house in
Source(s): GuitarWorld issue of '91,
"Fade to Black" Song Info Encyclopedia