"The Unforgiven" is a power ballad by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second single from their eponymous fifth album Metallica. Though one of the slower tracks on the album, its chord progression is distinctly one of the heaviest ballads featured on the album; the song deals with the theme of the struggle of the individual against the efforts of those who would subjugate him. The song has since spawned two sequels, in the form of "The Unforgiven II", from the album Reload, "The Unforgiven III", from the album Death Magnetic. Lars Ulrich explained. Instead of the standard melodic verse and heavy chorus – as evidenced on their previous ballads "Fade to Black", "Welcome Home" and "One" – the band opted to reverse the dynamic, with heavy, distorted verses and a softer, melodic chorus, played with undistorted electric guitars; the opening section contains percussive instruments performed by Ulrich, a small amount of keyboards. The horn intro was taken from The Unforgiven and reversed so its source would be hidden, as Hetfield explained on the documentary Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica.
"The Unforgiven" was played live as part of Metallica's "Wherever We May Roam" and "Nowhere Else to Roam" world tours, which lasted from 1991 to 1993, in support of The Black Album. It was played again on the Madly in Anger with the World world tour in 2003 and 2004 and has been continued to be played during all of the bands' tours since; the live version of "The Unforgiven" includes a second solo near the end of the song that the original recording did not have, although this part has been played since the early 2000s. An accompanying video was released for the song; the black-and-white video is themed around a boy born in captivity who spends his life in a windowless stone room. As the video progress, he ages into an adult and an old man, he spends his entire life carving into the stone to create a window while grasping his one possession: a locket. It is implied; the video ends with the old man creating a window, through which he deposits his possession. He blocks off the tunnel through which he crawled to access the cell using the square of stone he created when he made the window lies down to die.
An 11:33, "theatrical" version of the video exists, featuring several minutes of introductory scenes that precede the timeline of the main portion of the video. This version was featured on The Videos 1989 -- the band's 2006 music video compilation. Kirk Hammett – lead guitar Jason Newsted – bass guitar, backing vocals Lars Ulrich – drums "The Unforgiven II" was written by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett and appears on the album Reload as a sequel to "The Unforgiven." Both songs have similar musical themes. The chord progression during the verses is strikingly similar to the one used in the chorus on "The Unforgiven". "The Unforgiven II" video is similar to the first video's story, though a tunnel is substituted for the blank room shown in the first video. It begins with a shirtless boy stuck in a wall, showing the wall breaking piece by piece as the boy ages; as the video progresses, it becomes more abstract, with waves crashing on the other side of the wall and rupturing it, making the wall smaller each time.
The final scene shows the remaining piece of the wall turning into a woman, with the now older boy's hand still embedded in her back. The boy opens his hand, allowing the woman to take the key out of his hand and allowing him to take his hand out of the wall."The Unforgiven II" was first performed live on December 8, 1997, at that year's Billboard Music Awards. The song was not played in a live setting again for the next 17 years, until Metallica re-introduced it into the setlist for their 2015 European festival tours. Following its performance in Gelsenkirchen, Germany's Rock Im Revier festival, Metallica included it in the setlists of their next three shows. James Hetfield – rhythm guitar, lead vocals Kirk Hammett – lead guitar Jason Newsted – bass Lars Ulrich – drums "The Unforgiven III" appears on the album Death Magnetic, released in 2008. "The Unforgiven III" is structured to "The Unforgiven", containing a heavy verse and a soft chorus, "The Unforgiven II" had the opposite by having a soft verse and a heavy chorus.
The chorus of "The Unforgiven III" is missing the "What I've felt, what I've known" phrase, included in its predecessors' choruses. "The Unforgiven III" is missing the opening horn note, instead beginning with an acoustic piano with a horn section in the background. The chords progression during the piano intro is the same as the choruses of the previous songs. Unlike its predecessors, "The Unforgiven III" features as the seventh track on Death Magnetic, due to the band wanting "The Day That Never Comes" to be the fourth track after they returned to writing ballads. However, due to the song being the counterpart of "The Day That Never Comes", it is the fourth song from closing the album; this is the first "Unforgiven" to have a music video. In an interview for MTV, James Hetfield said that the song is "continuation of the same storyline about sin and consequence and unforgiveness." Hetfield has said that, of all parts of "The Unforgiven," this is his favorite. Robert Trujillo said "it's got a great flow and it's dynamic.
It's somehow connected to the body music of the album."Stephen Thomas from AllMusic in his review of the album, described the song as having "symphonic tension". It was not released as a single. A live version was performed for the first
Ralf Stegner is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party. He was the leader of the SPD in Schleswig-Holstein from 2007 to 2019, he is the Leader of the Opposition in Schleswig-Holstein since June 2017, an office he held from July 2009 to June 2012. He is considered a member of the SPD's left wing. In addition to his degree in Political Science and German from the University of Freiburg, Stegner earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1996 to 2005, Stegner served in various roles in the state government of Minister-President Heide Simonis, he was State Secretary for Labor, Social Affairs and Health from 1996 to 1998 before serving as State Secretary for Education and Cultural Affairs from 1998 to 2003. Between 2003 and until Simonis’ resignation in 2005, he was the State Minister of Finance. Stegner has been a member of the Landtag of Schleswig-Holstein since the 2005 state elections. In the CDU-SPD coalition government led by Minister-President Peter Harry Carstensen, he served as State Minister for Home Affairs from 2005 until 2008.
Since 2007, he has been serving as chairman of the Schleswig-Holstein SPD. Following the Social Democrats’ electoral defeat in the 2009 elections, Stegner became the chairman of the party's parliamentary group and thereby leader of the opposition against the Carstensen government, he was unsuccessful in his attempt to become the party's candidate for Minister-President of Schleswig-Holstein for the 2012 elections. Stegner was a SPD delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2009, 2010 and 2012. In the negotiations to form a Grand Coalition of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats and the SPD following the 2013 federal elections, he was part of the SPD delegation in the working group on education and research policy, led by Johanna Wanka and Doris Ahnen. At the SPD national convention in 2014, party chairman Sigmar Gabriel nominated Stegner as one of his six deputies, alongside Hannelore Kraft, Olaf Scholz, Manuela Schwesig, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel and Aydan Özoğuz.
In the 2019 SPD leadership election, he announced his intention to run for the position as the party's co-chair, together with Gesine Schwan. Instead, Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans won the nomination and Stegner announced his resignation as deputy chairman, thereby making room for a candidacy of Kevin Kühnert. In December 2019, Stegner called for a merger between the The Left. HSH Nordbank, Ex-Officio Member of the Supervisory Board KfW, Member of the Board of Supervisory Directors Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Member of the Board of Trustees German United Services Trade Union, Member Stegner is one of five children of the innkeeper Wolfgang Stegner and his wife Marietta, he is married and has three sons. Official Website
7 is the second studio album by British pop group S Club 7. It was released by Polydor Records on 12 June 2000, 14 November 2000 in North America; the album was produced by Cathy Dennis and Simon Ellis. It became the group's most successful album release, reached number one in the United Kingdom, where it was certified triple platinum; the album was certified gold. With the release of S Club's 2000 Children in Need single, "Never Had a Dream Come True", the album was re-released on 4 December 2000 with the radio edit of "Natural", two extra tracks, as well as CD-ROM videos of "Reach" and "Natural"; the only other part of the album, changed was the overall theme. The blue feel of the first album was changed to a mixture of purples; the rest of the album, including the "Thank Yous", remained unchanged. In February 2000, the group won the'British Breakthrough Act' award at the 2000 BRIT Awards. In April 2000, S Club's second TV series, L. A. 7, was released. The series saw the group move to Los Angeles to seek a record deal.
It introduced the song "Reach", another retro-styled uptempo track, co-written by Cathy Dennis and aired as the main theme tune to the second series. "Reach" was reached number-two in the UK charts. It arguably became one of the group's most successful singles, paving the way for the group's second album, 7, released on 12 June 2000; this album was a departure from the overtly pop stylings of S Club, with several tracks styled more towards R&B and hip hop soul than the traditional nineties pop sound of their debut album. It reached number-one in the UK charts becoming certified Triple Platinum, a certified Gold record in the US; the second single from the album,'"Natural", featured Stevens as lead vocalist. It reached number-three in September 2000. S Club 7 took an active part in promoting several different charities during their time as a band; as well as performing for Children in Need, the band launched, on 25 September 2000, a new television series called S Club 7 Go Wild! which saw each band member support an endangered species.
Teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund, each member travelled to different destinations worldwide with a hope to raise awareness about the seven endangered creatures, including the Siberian tiger and the hyacinth macaw. In October 2000, they launched the annual Poppy Appeal Campaign with Dame Thora Hird and supported Woolworth's Kids First Campaign throughout 1999 and 2000; the group recorded vocals for "It's Only Rock'N' Roll", which raised money for Children's Promise, an alliance of seven children's charities: Barnardo's, Children in Need, ChildLine, The Children's Society, Comic Relief, NCH and the NSPCC. A cover of The Rolling Stones song, the group contributed to the vocals alongside many popular artists, including Mary J. Blige, Natalie Imbruglia and the Spice Girls. During that time they filmed two specials: "Artistic Differences" and their "Christmas Special". In November 2000, S Club 7 were invited to provide the official song for the UK's BBC Children in Need Campaign 2000, so a new song, the ballad "Never Had a Dream Come True", was recorded.
The song became popular in the US market taking the group to appear on MTV's TRL to perform the song and chosen to appear at the "Now That's What I Call Music" US Edition. After topping the UK charts in December 2000, the song was added to a re-release of the 7 album, along with another new track, a cover of Stevie Wonder's "Lately". After the album's re-release, remixes by Solaris and Almighty were commissioned for'Bring The House Down'. This, along with the song being a fan favourite, indicated that the song was to be released as the next single. However, plans for this were scrapped and the band decided to focus on the next album; the almighty mix received a commercial release on the'You' single. "Spiritual Love" was recorded by Urban Species in 1994. The original version was used in TV ads of L'Oréal in the 1990s and in the movie Rainbow from 1996. "Stand By You" was performed by Danish duo S. O. A. P. in 1997. "Natural" is an adaptation of the song "Tous Les Maux D'Amour" by French singer Norma Ray.