The Day That Never Comes
|"The Day That Never Comes"|
|B-side||"No Remorse (Live)"|
|Released||August 21, 2008|
|Recorded||March 12, 2007–May 11, 2008 in Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Heavy metal, thrash metal|
|Label||Warner Bros., Mercury|
|Writer(s)||James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, Lars Ulrich|
|Metallica singles chronology|
"The Day That Never Comes" is a power ballad by heavy metal band "Metallica" lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The song was released to the radio and for digital download on August 21, 2008.
The working title of the song was "Casper", as shown in the Mission: Metallica videos and in "Demo Magnetic".
Like previous ballads and downbeat songs by Metallica, it is the fourth track of the album. Rock Sound has also compared the song to the likes of Thin Lizzy. The intro starts out with clean guitars that carry into the verses, while the choruses are backed with heavily distorted guitars. The bridge speeds up gradually and eventually leads into fast paced harmony between the guitars and a long guitar solo by Hammett, a build-up comparable to that of "One", "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" and "Fade to Black". The ending of the song, like the previously mentioned ballads, is purely instrumental, featuring numerous solos and chord progressions.
A music video for the song was filmed in the desert outside Los Angeles, California on July 31, 2008, directed by Danish filmmaker Thomas Vinterberg. It was premiered on the band's official page at midnight on September 1, 2008.
The video depicts two Marines riding a HMMWV in a desert and getting hit by an explosion. After they take cover and look for the attacker, one of them reveals that he suffered a wound. The other Marine provides first aid and calls for help, and while he's eventually medevaced by a helicopter, it is implied that he fainted. The video then forwards to another situation involving the remaining Marine in another group riding a HMMWV and getting stopped in the road by a car and a civilian in front of it holding a jumper cable in the air. The group, suspecting it might be an ambush, circles around the car and keeps the man at gunpoint, only to find a woman in chador in the back seat. They order her out of the car, but she approaches the protagonist, who keeps holding her at gunpoint. The video then climaxes when the Marines nervously look at each other, fearing that she might be a suicide bomber, but eventually the Marine lowers his weapon and signals to the rest to do the same. The Marines help the man to push start the car, and the protagonist remains looking at the sky. Scenes of the band performing in the desert are interspersed within the video.
On August 4, 2008forgiveness and resentment. The band's drummer Lars Ulrich claimed that the lyrics were inspired by a father-son relationship. The content of the video itself is of a different theme or setting that what the lyrics themselves were written about, a second interpretation. The video is said to be in a war background in comparison to the "One" video, but will not make any modern day references as in the war in Iraq and the Middle East (although the video depicts images of Middle East war in present day, they do not imply any political statement). Frontman James Hetfield spoke on the lyrics of the song and also the radical difference of the song lyrics and vision intended to the music video. Lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and Ulrich also commented by stating ultimately, the concept of the video deals with humanity and the relationships between human beings and how your basic sense of humanity can override any sort of politicized situation., in an MTV interview, the song lyrics were said to tackle the subject of
In pop culture
- "The Day That Never Comes" appears as part of the Death Magnetic album DLC for Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock and it was later optimized to be used for Guitar Hero: World Tour, Guitar Hero: Metallica, Guitar Hero 5 and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.
- The song was featured in "Lacie," a season 2 episode of Once Upon a Time, and in the end credits for the documentary Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.
|1.||"The Day That Never Comes"||7:56|
|2.||"No Remorse" (Live)||5:33|
The song debuted and peaked on Billboard's Hot 100 at #31, giving the band their seventh top forty Hot 100 hit. It is also the band's highest charting single on the Hot 100 since 1997's "The Memory Remains", which peaked at #28. With less than four days of airplay, "The Day That Never Comes" debuted at #7 on Billboards Mainstream Rock Chart, giving Metallica their sixteenth top ten hit on the chart. The next week it rose to #2 on the Mainstream Rock Chart. In its third week, it reached number one on the chart, the band's sixth song to top the chart, and first since 2000's "I Disappear". It also debuted at #25 on Modern Rock Tracks, and has so far peaked at #5, giving the band their first top five ever on that chart. It debuted in the top ten on the Canadian Hot 100, at #9.
"The Day That Never Comes" has spent a total of nine weeks at #1 on Hot Mainstream Rock Chart with its seven consecutive weeks at the top spot and two consecutive weeks prior.
The song has been very successful internationally as well. On August 24, 2008, the song entered the UK Singles Chart at #36 and peaked at #19. In Ireland it has so far reached #14. On the Australian ARIA Charts, the song has also reached the top twenty, at #18. It has reached the top ten in New Zealand, Denmark, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.
It was voted in at #88 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008 which is Australia's largest annual music poll. It was their only track off Death Magnetic to poll in the list.
|Australian Singles Chart||18|
|Austria Top 40 Charts||25|
|Belgium Singles Top 50||11|
|Canada Airplay Chart||1|
|Canadian Hot 100||9|
|Denmark Singles Chart||3|
|Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)||1|
|Irish Singles Chart||14|
|Italian Singles Chart||39|
|Netherlands Mega Top 100||20|
|New Zealand Singles Chart||14|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||1|
|Polish Singles Chart||1|
|Portuguese National Top 50||6|
|Swedish Singles Chart||3|
|Triple J Hottest 100||88|
|Turkey Top 20 Chart||18|
|UK Singles Chart||19|
|European Hot 100||2|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||31|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks||5|
|Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)||4|
- James Hetfield – vocals, rhythm guitar
- Kirk Hammett – lead guitar
- Robert Trujillo – bass
- Lars Ulrich – drums
- Rick Rubin – producer
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Greg Fidelman – mixing
- Thomas Vinterberg – music video director
- Warner Bros. Records)
"Bad Girlfriend" by Theory of a Deadman
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single (first run)
September 20, 2008 - September 27, 2008
| Succeeded by|
"Bad Girlfriend" by Theory of a Deadman
|Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks number-one single (second run)
October 11, 2008 - November 29, 2008
| Succeeded by|
"Rock 'n' Roll Train" by AC/DC
"If A Song Could Get Me You" by Marit Larsen
|Norwegian VG-lista number-one single
2 September 2008 - 9 September 2008
| Succeeded by|
"Kids" by MGMT