Eye of the Beholder (song)
|"Eye of the Beholder"|
|Released||October 30, 1988|
|Writer(s)||James Hetfield / Lars Ulrich / Kirk Hammett|
|Producer||Metallica, Flemming Rasmussen|
|Metallica singles chronology|
Lyrically, the song concerns imposed limitations on freedom of speech and freedom of expression in general. "Eye of the Beholder" is notable for its chorus section containing 12/8 time played, not as an ordinary compound quadruple time, but as a syncopated rhythm. The rest of the song is a more conventional 4/4 rhythm at a slower tempo than seen on Metallica's previous three albums.
"Eye of the Beholder" was released as a single in place of "Harvester of Sorrow" in the United States (actually coming before the "One" single) but failed to chart. The B-side of the single was a cover of the Budgie song "Breadfan".
The song has not been performed live in its entirety since 1989. However, "Eye of the Beholder" always formed part of the medleys of songs from …And Justice for All often played by the band in concert during the 1990s as an alternative to playing full songs that were seen as too difficult because of the numerous guitar parts. One such "Justice Medley" was featured on its 1993 live album Live Shit: Binge & Purge.
|US 7" single|
|1.||"Eye of the Beholder"||6:25|
In Flames recorded a cover of "Eye of the Beholder" on A Tribute to the Four Horsemen, a tribute album recorded by various artists. This version of the song also appears on the remastered edition of In Flames' first EP, Subterranean. A cover of the song also appeared on the Metallic Attack: Metallica - The Ultimate Tribute tribute album, performed by Life After Death, a band formed by Phil Sandoval after the break-up of Armored Saint.