Creeping Death (6:36)

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From Ride the Lightning and 439 other releases

“Creeping Death” is the seventh song off of Metallica’s 1984 album “Ride the Lightning”. Written from the perspective of the Angel of Death, it describes the Plague of the Firstborn (Exodus 12:29).

It stands as a classic example of the band’s thrash style, albeit slower than the material on their first album, Kill ‘Em All. The song’s middle section, based around ominous chants of “Die!” set to a phrygian-mode chord progression, is a fan participation staple during Metallica shows.

It was released as a single in 1984 on the Music for Nations label in the UK and France. The song was inspired by bassist Cliff Burton while the band was watching The Ten Commandments film.


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  • Grycho

    The story of Moses never sounded so good. [2] The bible's actually pretty fucking badass when you think about it. It just needs people like James to tell it properly.

    15 Oct 12:18am Reply
  • Tymbolic

    haven't been into them for a long time, but this song will always fucking rule

    21 Jul 8:58am Reply
  • Metal-Kathy86


    20 Jun 10:54am Reply
  • wych177

    The story of Moses never sounded so good.

    16 May 9:12am Reply
  • LopezJV

    EvilMaleKikyo kkkkkkk crazy

    23 Apr 1:32am Reply
  • briantheunholy


    7 Apr 9:10pm Reply
  • ewill420

    r.i.p best bass player to ever live

    31 Mar 10:57pm Reply
  • CountOfTuscany_

    An Absolute CLASSIC!!!

    23 Mar 3:21am Reply
  • xTHRxASHx


    19 Mar 12:54pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    9 Mar 4:15pm Reply
  • pike50

    this is my music muther......s i hope you like it always dark and metal

    6 Mar 3:19am Reply
  • pedrolhp1969


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  • Taiteki

    @ EvilMaleKikyo, unfortunately every organization has those who abuse the system and use it as a means to achieve their own agenda.

    3 Feb 3:24pm Reply
  • Taiteki

    \m/ (>_<) \m/

    3 Feb 3:22pm Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    The greatest live track of all time.

    25 Jan 9:47am Reply
  • Marcos_Arantes

    This is good thrash metal

    9 Jan 12:29am Reply
  • flickermf

    1 of my favourite Metallica songs \m/\m/\m/\m/

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HW-DiEnd

    I hope Metallica could create new epic songs like these from Ride the Lightning.

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowienia z Gierałtowic

    17 Nov 2013 Reply
  • NightBeast666

    Who are those assholes who don't like this song?!!! This is one of most epic thrash metal songs of all time. The riffs, the solos, the vocals - everything is top notch.

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
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