Frantic was the 2nd single off of Metallica’s controversial St. Anger. Like a lot of the songs off of that album, it was inspired by the band’s previous battles with drugs and alcohol. In this video, a chicken delivery driver has his life flash before his eyes after crashing his truck and he realizes that he wasted most of it. He’s laughs when he realizes that he’s still alive but then another vehicle crashes into him.
The first time I saw this video, I thought it was an awkward concept for a Metallica video, considering the band’s own history with road accidents. Over time, I’ve come to better appreciate the video. The lyrics of the song are influenced by Buddhist thought and I don’t know if there’s better evidence that life is pain than getting a second chance at life that only last for 2 minutes.
Does everyone still hate St. Anger or is it okay to now admit that it wasn’t as bad as everyone said when it first came out?