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Metallica

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to Earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning of the legitimization of heavy metal's underground, bringing new complexity and depth to thrash metal. With each album, the band's playing and writing improved; James Hetfield developed a signature rhythm playing that matched his growl, while lead guitarist Kirk Hammett became one of the most copied guitarists in metal. To complete the package, Lars Ulrich's thunderous (yet complex) drumming clicked in perfectly with Cliff Burton's innovative bass playing.

After releasing their masterpiece Master of Puppets in 1986, tragedy struck the band when their tour bus crashed while traveling in Sweden. Burton died in the accident. When the band decided to continue, Jason Newsted was chosen to replace Burton; two years later, the band released the conceptually ambitious ...And Justice for All, which hit the Top Ten without any radio play and very little support from MTV. But Metallica completely crossed over into the mainstream with 1991's Metallica, a self-titled effort that found the band trading in its long compositions for more concise song structures. Peppered with hits like "Wherever I May Roam" and "Enter Sandman," it resulted in a number one album that sold over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. To support the record, Metallica launched a long tour that kept the musicians on the road for nearly two years.

By the '90s, Metallica had changed the rules for all heavy metal bands; they were the leaders of the genre, respected not only by headbangers, but by mainstream record buyers and critics. No other heavy metal band has ever been able to pull off such a feat. However, the group lost a portion of its core audience with its long-awaited follow-up to Metallica, 1996's Load. The album moved the band toward alternative rock in terms of image -- the bandmembers cut their hair and had their picture taken by Anton Corbijn. Although the album was a hit upon its summer release, entering the charts at number one and selling three million copies within two months, certain members of the Metallica fan base complained about the shift in image, as well as the group's decision to headline the sixth Lollapalooza. Re-Load, which combined new material with songs left off the original Load record, appeared in 1997; despite poor reviews, it sold at a typically brisk pace and spun off several successful singles, including "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains." Garage Inc., a double-disc collection of B-sides, rarities, and newly recorded covers, followed in 1998. Metallica's take on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" helped maintain their presence in the charts, and the band continued its flood of product with 1999's S&M, which documented a live concert with the San Francisco Symphony. It debuted at number two, reconfirming the group's immense popularity.

Metallica spent most of 2000 embroiled in controversy by spearheading a legal assault against Napster, a file-sharing service that allowed users to download music files from each other's computers. Aggressively targeting copyright infringement of their own material, Metallica notoriously had over 300,000 users kicked off the service, creating a widespread debate over the availability of digital music that raged for most of the year. In January 2001, bassist Jason Newsted announced his amicable departure from the band. Shortly after the band appeared at the ESPN Awards in April of the same year, Hetfield, Hammett, and Ulrich entered the recording studio to begin work on their next album, with producer Bob Rock lined up to handle bass duties for the sessions (meanwhile, rumors swirled of former Ozzy Osbourne/Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez being considered for the vacated position). In July, Metallica surprisingly dropped their lawsuit against Napster, perhaps sensing that their controversial stance did more harm than good to their "band of the people" image. That same summer, the band's recording sessions (and all other band-related matters) were put on hold as Hetfield entered an undisclosed rehab facility for alcoholism and other addictions. He completed treatment and rejoined Metallica as they headed back into the studio in 2002 to record St. Anger, which was released in mid-2003.

The recording of St. Anger was capped with the search for a permanent replacement for Newsted. After a long audition process, former Ozzy Osbourne/Suicidal Tendencies bass player Robert Trujillo was selected and joined Metallica for their 2003-2004 world tour. The growing pains that the band experienced during the recording of St. Anger were captured in the celebrated documentary Some Kind of Monster, which saw theatrical release in 2004. Four years later, the band returned with Death Magnetic, an energized album that returned the band to its early-'80s roots. Former Slayer producer Rick Rubin helmed the album, having replaced the band's longtime producer Bob Rock, while Kirk Hammett (who was forbidden to play guitar solos on St. Anger) peppered the record with metallic riffs and frenetic solos.

Death Magnetic spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and the group supported it with an extensive international tour that included a festival gig with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica closed out their Warner contract with Death Magnetic -- outtakes from the sessions appeared as the Beyond Magnetic EP in late 2011 -- and while they were exploring their options, they struck up a collaboration with Lou Reed, releasing the ambitious, arty Lulu in the fall of 2011. In 2012 Metallica launched their own label, Blackened, which would be distributed by Universal; then, the following year, they announced the release of their second motion picture, Through the Never, which combined spectacular concert footage of them blasting through gems from their back catalog with a surreal road-trip odyssey starring Dane DeHaan. The film and its accompanying soundtrack album were released in September 2013. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Track List: Beyond Magnetic - EP

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Track List: One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version) (Single)

Comments

This is just a poor man's Avenged Sevenfold.
Dave Invented Metallica.
Without Dave, there is no thrash.
nicko252008
Dave Mustaine is the best, got kicked out he was so good. He was pretty successful with megadeth
Death magnetic. Best album since and justice for all.
Metallica is awesome I always listen to them have been ever since I was like a teen I still listen to them and they are still awesome. Metallica RULES!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! !
huh... funny how Dave Mustaine is not mentioned once in their bio... he wrote some of their best tunes...
Thank you Metallica for showing other bands what REAL HEAVY METAL SHOULD SOUND LIKE. James, Lars, Kirk and Jason.... you are the kings.
Te sandman from cartoon sushi on youtube is cool
itunes > tallica
One of the greatest bands of all time. Seen on tour in Washington once, I got signed shirt.
Megadeth should play the fast part of One. no challenge to Chris Broderick.
Best of all times
cromero344
YA thanks to Dave Mustaine!!! He was the one behind all the talent wrote most of the songs! !! Megadeth rocks!!!!
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These guys brought hard metal to a whole new level..We always get feedback when we play this song live..Thanks James,Lars,J a s o n , K i r k , and Cliff
One of Metallica's all-time greatest songs, and one of the most kick-a** Thrash Metal songs ever as well. But wtf is up with these totally wrong lyrics? Lame!
This music video is awesome
Metallica nuff said chicane.. thxs ed.mainville couldn't of said it better. ROCK ON EVERYONE
black wasn't that great, I can only listen to so little of it. I'm used to the hits on it. I only like 5 or 6 songs on AJFA. Kill Em All with 12 tracks is my favorite from tallica.
lets just say Black was the last great album after that WTF and cutting the hair didnt help at the time still one of the best !!!!!!
Whoever Chicane is should just go away, your comments on here are getting old. Your stupid comments about Halford from Priest and now bashing one of the greatest metal bands ever, plz do us all a favor and go away! Ty and have a nice day
The lead singer looks like John Moxley. :)
Back then people loved listen to Metallica and now fucken Miley Cyrus and justin bieber! What has the world come to
Most overrated band of all time! They have a selfish alcoholic dope head for a singer and a little whiny b**ch named Lars that try's to play drums. Mainstream sellout punks.
True metal gods
Back in the day when they were still badass
Back to the old sound bout time
Which song April ?
The drums in this song r amazing. . Can't drive doing the speed limit to this song..
I love metallica great workout music thank you fellas
Why is jason newsted on the cover of the black Cd here ? He sucks.
I loved Napster when it was free. Now I download from amazon.
He'll yeah♡
Grew up with Metallica and still rock them.
Awesome
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nicko252008
Sell outs!
The best metal band ever
Phuck Napster For Life!!!
For Whom The Bell Tolls
So glad I got headphones with better bass. Now whiplash sounds even cooler.
Metallica is the greatest!! They will always be the greatest!! \m/(^-^) \m/
Wow metallica my favorite band ;)
Dam phone won't go any louder !!!!!
Master Of Puppets=And Justice For All
Amazing
Chill
Blue_fatty your a f**king immature a**hole!!!!!
CLASSIC LOVE
Shawn it's kinda true... I mean this song is pretty good on drums, and really this album, and most before it he did a good job. But after that I don't know what happened... In black album, it wasnt terrible, but very simple. Then after that sh*t hit the fan xD. (Refer to the snare drum of St. Anger)
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