Thursday, May 26, 2011

[Music]Metallica's The Call of Ktulu.

So, I am a headbanger, and going on the road to become a metalhead.
I usually listen to Metallica(60-80), And I must say that The Call of Ktulu was one of my 4 favorite creepy songs: The Call of Ktulu, The Thing that should not be, Ride the Lightning, and To Live is To Die. Today, I will talk about The Call of Ktulu, in my view.
Ktulu literally is Cthulhu, "the high priest to the great old ones" in Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos. Maybe if you have read The Call of Cthulhu, you will be familiar with the chant "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn", which is roughly translated as "In his house in R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming". Cthulhu becomes the symbol of a creepy creature that should not even exist, a mystery of the deep sea, the darkness that swallow the fear of human to feed its hollowness.

The songs starts with sound of blowing winds, that brings the first cold impression to the listener. And after that, the sound of guitar starts to bright up the atmosphere, but makes it so dim that as if it was at a dawn. Repeatedly, the  clean sound of guitar brings the creepy feelings up the throat... Suddenly, the distortion guitar sound came up, slowly fade in, but quickly takes its role to scare off the most sane mind. Every single note, every palm mute, brings the weight onto the listener.
The solo was, IMO, the most creepy part. There was never a song that the solo was so "fucked up", yet is so "in tune", and can brings the creepiest experience to the listener. Every single dive bomb, every single bend creeps up the nerve. And with the strong ending, listeners feel like they are released.


  1. When I was 9, my sisters boyfriend left his ride the lightning CD at my house... I stole it and fell in love with metal... still my favorite CD of all time.

  2. Metallica has always been great at creating a full experience in their music, rather than just releasing songs. They're really artists.

  3. nice thread man their a good band maybe abit to heavy for me though :P

  4. Ride the lightning was my first Mettalica Album, man I was young, and the album was already kinda old

    I like this song