"My Apocalypse"
Promotional single by Metallica
from the album Death Magnetic
ReleasedAugust 26, 2008
RecordedMarch 12, 2007–May 11, 2008 at Sound City in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California; Shangri La Studios in Malibu, California and HQ in San Rafael, California
GenreThrash metal
Producer(s)Rick Rubin
Metallica singles chronology
"The Day That Never Comes"
"My Apocalypse"

"My Apocalypse" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica, and the second single from their studio album Death Magnetic. On August 26, 2008, it was made available for streaming on the band's official website, as well as a download (for Platinum Members only) on the Death Magnetic website Mission: Metallica.[1] The song was later released as a digital single in the iTunes Store.[2]

The band first performed this song in Birmingham, UK, on March 25, 2009, during their World Magnetic Tour.[3] "'My Apocalypse' was a cool song," remarked bassist Robert Trujillo. "It was fast; it had the thrash element of the past."[4] The name of its parent album is derived from its lyric, "Death magnetic, pulling closer still."

At the 2009 Grammy Awards, the single won the "Best Metal Performance" category.[5][6]

More recently, a new introduction to the song was added. Lars Ulrich said, "We've been enjoying playing 'My Apocalypse' out here on the road but felt like it could use something extra. We decided that it needed a cool intro to set the mood so James wrote one."[7]

At 5 minutes and 1 second long, "My Apocalypse" is the shortest song on Death Magnetic.

Track listing

Digital single
1."My Apocalypse"5:01


Chart (2008)[8] Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 38
Austrian Singles Chart 56
Belgium Singles Top 50 49
Canadian Hot 100 28
Denmark Singles Chart 15
Finland Singles Top 20 3
Irish Singles Chart 45
Norway Singles Chart 9
Swedish Singles Chart 15
UK Singles Chart 51
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 67
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 38




  1. ^ "METALLICA: Entire 'My Apocalypse' Song Available For Streaming". Blabbermouth. 2008-08-26. Archived from the original on 2008-08-30. Retrieved 2008-08-26.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-05. Retrieved 2008-08-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ https://www.setlist.fm/setlist/metallica/2009/lg-arena-birmingham-england-5bd6c3f4.html. Retrieved 2021-01-23. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Everley, Dave (October 2013). "It's a surrealisitic journey set to the sound of Metallica!". Classic Rock #189. p. 17.
  5. ^ http://content.grammy.com/grammy_awards/51st_show/list.aspx#04 Archived 2009-08-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Grammy 2009 Winners List". MTV. 2009-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  7. ^ "Metallica.com". Metallica.com. 2009-07-31. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-03.
  8. ^ http://acharts.us/song/37401