The Call of Ktulu song meanings
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    General CommentIt was inspired by a story by H.P. Lovecraft called, "Call of Cthulu". Great song. It's cool how they can make something heavy sound all orchestrational.
    King Nothingon April 05, 2002   Link
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    General CommentGots ta disagree with Jiqokussabre. Metallica really communicate the vibe from the book well in this piece. Plus, anyone ever notice the Mustaine writing creit, and how the D minor progression sounds a lot like "Hangar 18"?
    jules4099on May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThink of the talent and power of this song. Have you tried to play this? Extremely complicated. Not only does it sound masterful, but it is original in the notion that it probably couldn't be covered by anybody else in the world. The difference of this song from their normal songs is it lacks vocals. Who cares? Nobody gives a shit if Burton didn't play in some of the older songs. Why are vocals so important. I am not trying to disagree with anybody. Everybody has the right to their own opinion and free to speak their mind. In my opinion, this is a great masterpiece.
    bassman2kon September 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI LIKE BEANS... People like you make the world the Hell it is.

    Anyway, on a more on-topic note, I'd like to say this is easily my favorite MetallicA. I'm amazed at listening to the S&M version, as they're able to convey so many different emotions, feelings, and even complete actions without uttering a single word. This is truly a hauntingly beautiful instrumental; I love it
    Dark_The_7thon September 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhat annoys me is how every single person who has brought up the Lovecraft story has mispelled "Cthulhu" Not once did Lovecraft spell it "Cthulu".

    And it's not just a story, the Cthulhu Mythos is a group of over a hundred stories, by dozens of authors, including everybody from Ambrose Bierce to Stephen King. It was started by H.P. Lovecraft back in the 1920s, and other authors contributed their own stories including other gods and legends to the universe. Cthulhu is not the main one, but he's the most famous one because of the "Call Of Cthulhu" story. Another good song about him is Cradle Of Filth's "Cthulhu Dawn".
    6th_sadistic_sniperon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAnd no, it's not about "Shadow Over Innsmouth", ceramic_elephant. You're thinking about their other song, "The Thing That Should Not Be".
    6th_sadistic_sniperon November 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentChildofMetallica: Ktulu is an alternate spelling of Cthulhu, an alien monster which hibernates on earth, until the Great Old Ones arrive. That\'s if I recall correctly.
    I love the end of this song. It\'s so fucking powerful, the massive chords and everything; it really feels like the end of humanity.
    And the bass is wicked.
    This is my favourite Metallica song ever.
    Fortheloveofon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song to me, developes several moods and intense atmospheres throughout and form a story in their own right. i have always, from the first time i heard this song, had an image of a little red riding hood-type figure walking alone along a forest trail as the sun is setting. its all innocent enough until 34secs in when the mood changes dramatically. its as if the scene cuts to watching eyes opening and following her along the path. at 48secs we're back with little red, now sensing somethings up and is starting to move more anxiously looking from side to side as she does. 1.02secs and the bass kicks in, we're back to kreepy eyes watching. 1.16secs its red again, now quite scared til 1.30secs she breaks into a run and is quickly followed by like warewolves or something (corny i know but its my interpretation!) to me the song keeps cutting between these two distinct moods or characters. at 3.20secs or so we enter the beginning of the build up tp the climax, i picture the scene from snow white during the lightning storm as she runs up the mountain peak chased by the witch(or warewolf in this case). the pitch ascends irresistably till it finally bursts into an amazing solo! a frantic chase through gnarled trees and craggy rocks. i think at 6.12, she must get cornered, i get a distinct sense of "oh crap" about now. 6.40 the beasts start edging in and at around 7.00 she gets mauled, ripped limb from limb. a bit of a kick in the teeth but hey metallica wrote it. 8.00 mins comes and they begin to disperse, just as someone else appears on the lane...
    NoraShooteron January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is inspired by a short story by H.P. Lovecraft called "Call of Cthulhu", written in 1926. It's amazing how Metallica managed to capture the feel of this story so well. For best experience, put this song on repeat while reading "Call of Cthulhu" from beginning to end.
    Kobrakai1989on October 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favorite metallica intrumental.....its even better with the symphony....
    Skweeky_voiced_teenon May 12, 2002   Link

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