What with Hurricane Sandy and Disney’s purchase of Lucasfilms (and subsequent announcement of a new Star Wars Trilogy), I can’t help but shake the feeling that the end might be soon. So to honor that, this song of the day comes from Metallica’s debut album, Kill ‘Em All (originally titled Metal Up Your Ass). With galloping, palm-muted riffs and some of the finest examples of more pure speed metal from Metallica’s early days, “The Four Horsemen,” in a sonic sense at least, conjures the image of the horsemen riding to bring ruin. While Metallica have their own take on the horsemen (Time, Famine, Pestilence, Death compared with the commonly agreed Revelations horsemen Conquest, War, Famine, Death) many fans have taken the song to be about the members of Metallica, and”the four horsemen,” is one of Metallica’s oldest nicknames. Lyrics that conjure ruin, thundering riffs, and furious guitar solos make “The Four Horsemen” not just a great metal track, but a song to end the world to. Listen below!