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Metallica

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s. 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 early '80s. 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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Comments

Even though most of their albums after And Justice haven't lived up to a lot of fans expectations Metallica are always & always have been f**kin killer live
Saw them twice, fricken on real!
Number # 1 Metallica
Love Metallica!
I remember when they played this in lubbock, Texas with sully erna
Master of Puppets....t h e true story about how USA gov uses its soldiers for profit and at the end those are the ONEs paying the ultimate price.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. Tommorow will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading, so don't stop. This is so scary. Put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When you're done, press f6, and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works
amilan25.am
Metallica is the best!!
Hallelujah
f**kin great metal band \m/
rexpjesky
Mettalicas songs are all awsome dont caare what anybody says mettalica is just awsome...got to go listen to more mettalica
sl12lipps
amen
Love
I love them...
Metallica is f**king amazing. everything about them is.
The best metallica was with dave mustaine
METALLICA!!
Metallica. N'uff said
hhhhhhhh
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People who say this band sucks are f**kin dumb! Metallica rocks!!
Who said the black album was gay
One of the greatest bands ever saw them twice in concert f**k the pendejos who said they aren't the same if your p**sy hurts get some vagisil
gammaguy
Terrible band
vicclark10
Loved them all the way up til the enter sandman era. Just not the same after that newstead rocked w flotsam and jetsam
"Chop your breakfast on a mirror"
Takes me back to 1988 senior year. Finally getting the new tallica and being just blown away!!!! The next day had to cut school drop some acid and listen all day long with it cranked.
Wtf Pandora? I haven't heard fade to black in weeks!
Kill em ALL
gammaguy
Good song
Has a band called Newsted.
I do wonder what jason newsted is up to nowadays.
I haven't forgotten when my parents split up...the memory remains!!!
Why don't we point out those losers(bands ) . . . p r e t t y much anything that has to do with screamo!
My dad got mine and my bros nightly prayer from enter sandman - now I lay me down to sleep pray the lord my soul to keep if I die before I wake pray to god my soul to take
hairstylings w e e t h e a r t
Metallica is untouchable. . Love all there music
Metallica f**kin rocks! Dave or no Dave. Let's see some of you f**kin losers make it that big.
Follow for a follow
Any one see "through the never"? Was it awesome or what
nicko252008
No Dave Mustain = Metallica sucks well...after Justice
Red rocks ride the lighting now that was a day to remember
My freinds
Yes, when Metallica was awesome.
Love both seger and metallicas versions of this song
I would to go to a metallic concert!! Love there music!! ♥♥♥♥♥♥
amilan25.am
This the best metallica, (Master of Puppets Ride the Lightning St. Anger And Justice for all
Death Magnetic Kill em all Reload
I love how on and justice for all you can tell which song it is just by the intros
Metallica is the best band I have ever seen lve and dB isern bled zepplin in 1977 @the kingdome in Seattle think Metallica was bettet not fair to vome piar the 2 bands cause so differsnt
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