The Day That Never Comes

"The Day That Never Comes"
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Single by Metallica
from the album Death Magnetic
B-side"No Remorse" (Live)
ReleasedAugust 21, 2008
RecordedMarch 12, 2007 – May 11, 2008 in Los Angeles
Genre
Length7:56
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Metallica singles chronology
"Some Kind of Monster"
(2004)
"The Day That Never Comes"
(2008)
"All Nightmare Long"
(2008)
Music video
"The Day That Never Comes" on "The Day That Never Comes" on YouTube (US)

"The Day That Never Comes" is a song by heavy metal band Metallica, and the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The song was released to the radio and for digital download on August 21, 2008.[1]

The working title of the song was "Casper", as shown in the Mission: Metallica videos and in "Demo Magnetic".

Composition

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.[2] 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.