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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. Over the next few years, Metallica played the occasional high-profile concert as they worked on a new studio album. In 2016, the band launched a series of expanded reissues, starting with deluxe editions of Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning. These reissues were the preamble to the November release of Hardwired: To Self-Destruct, a double-album that was the band's first new music in eight years. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond Magnetic - EP

1. Hate Train

2. Just A Bullet Away

3. Hell And Back

4. Rebel Of Babylon

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Track List: Death Magnetic

1. That Was Just Your Life

2. The End Of The Line

3. Broken, Beat & Scarred

4. The Day That Never Comes

5. All Nightmare Long

6. Cyanide

7. The Unforgiven III

8. The Judas Kiss

9. Suicide & Redemption

10. My Apocalypse

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Track List: Garage Inc.

Disc 1

1. Free Speech For The Dumb

2. It's Electric

3. Sabbra Cadabra

4. Turn The Page

5. Die, Die My Darling

6. Loverman

7. Mercyful Fate

8. Astronomy

9. Whiskey In The Jar

10. Tuesday's Gone

11. The More I See

Disc 2

1. Helpless

2. The Small Hours

3. The Wait

4. Crash Course In Brain Surgery

5. Last Caress / Green Hell

6. Am I Evil?

7. Blitzkrieg

8. Breadfan

9. The Prince

10. Stone Cold Crazy

11. So What

12. Killing Time

13. Overkill

14. Damage Case

15. Stone Dead Forever

16. Too Late Too Late

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Track List: Reload

1. Fuel

2. The Memory Remains

3. Devil's Dance

4. The Unforgiven II

5. Better Than You

6. Slither

7. Carpe Diem Baby

8. Bad Seed

9. Where The Wild things Are

10. Prince Charming

11. Low Man's Lyric

12. Attitude

13. Fixxxer

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Track List: Load

1. Ain't My B**ch

2. 2 X 4

3. The House Jack Built

4. Until It Sleeps

5. King Nothing

6. Hero Of The Day

7. Bleeding Me

8. Cure

9. Poor Twisted Me

10. Wasting My Hate

11. Mama Said

12. Thorn Within

13. Ronnie

14. The Outlaw Torn

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Track List: Live S**t: Binge & Purge

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
Disc 5
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Track List: Metallica

1. Enter Sandman

2. Sad But True

3. Holier Than Thou

4. The Unforgiven

5. Wherever I May Roam

6. Don't Tread On Me

7. Through The Never

8. Nothing Else Matters

9. Of Wolf And Man

10. The God That Failed

11. My Friend Of Misery

12. The Struggle Within

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Track List: ...And Justice For All

1. Blackened

2. And Justice For All

3. Eye Of The Beholder

4. One

5. The Shortest Straw

6. Harvester Of Sorrow

7. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity

8. To Live Is To Die

9. Dyers Eve

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Track List: Master Of Puppets

1. Battery

2. Master Of Puppets

3. The Thing That Should Not Be

4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

5. Disposable Heroes

6. Leper Messiah

7. Orion (Instrumental)

8. Damage, Inc.

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Track List: Ride The Lightning

1. Fight Fire With Fire

2. Ride The Lightning

3. For Whom The Bell Tolls

4. Fade To Black

5. Trapped Under Ice

6. Escape

7. Creeping Death

8. The Call Of Ktulu

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Track List: Hardwired (Single)

1. Hardwired

2. Hardwired

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Track List: Hardwired…To Self-Destruct (Deluxe)

Disc 1

1. Hardwired

2. Atlas, Rise!

3. Now That We're Dead

4. Moth Into Flame

5. Dream No More

6. Halo On Fire

Disc 2

1. Confusion

2. ManUNkind

3. Here Comes Revenge

4. Am I Savage?

5. Murder One

6. Spit Out The Bone

Disc 3

1. Lords Of Summer

2. Ronnie Rising Medley (A Light In The Black / Tarot Woman / Stargazer / Kill The King)

3. When A Blind Man Cries

4. Remember Tomorrow

5. Helpless (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

6. Hit The Lights (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

7. The Four Horsemen (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

8. Ride The Lightning (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

9. Fade To Black (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

10. Jump In The Fire (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

11. For Whom The Bell Tolls (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

12. Creeping Death (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

13. Metal Militia (Live At Rasputin Music, Berkeley, CA - April 16th, 2016)

14. Hardwired (Live At U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN - August 20th, 2016)

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Track List: In The Beginning... Live (Live)

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Track List: Kill 'Em All

1. Hit The Lights

2. The Four Horsemen

3. Motorbreath

4. Jump In The Fire

5. (Anesthesia) Pulling Teeth

6. Whiplash

7. Phantom Lord

8. No Remorse

9. Seek & Destroy

10. Metal Militia

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Track List: Moth Into Flame (Single)

1. Moth Into Flame

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

1. One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)

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Never, ever, ever gets old.
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Too bad Hetfield isn't in rehab so we won't have to listen to these overrated sellouts.
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Been listening to Metallica for over 15 years. It never gets old. Hardcore at its best.
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enter sandman is my fav i love it so much i always play it and my parents tell me to turn my volume down and im like uhhh no im listening to Metallica
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justinjenny4 9 5
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*SCREAMING NOISES*
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when I'm listening to Metallica; Nothing else matters... XD
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love it dont cry one of there best songs
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GGJFJGFKLGJF K L G J K
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More popular than disturbed, yet not as Bon Jovi
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The greatest rock band ever!
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Great Metallica song!! Love Metallica new songs,bring back to their 80s thrash, F*cking love it!!!
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I bought this 2cd release, I love it.
There's only a couple that have some lyrical disfunction but the riffage is sweet.
Great job Metallica! I'm getting excited again with Metallica.
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Anesthesia,, Pulling Teeth,, JOHNHEATER75 MY FRIEND THIS IS ALL U. I CAN HEAR U PLAYING IT NOW...... simply Bad f**kin a** jam...... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Best kick a.s bad!
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Kirk is the weak link
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IN LOVE with this album! Lady boner! lol
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Thank you Metallica! If it wasn't for you kicking Dave Mustain out of the band we wouldn't have the clearly superior band Megadeth!!!!
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Loving this song♥
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tcthmpsn
first of all, what is wrong with evil? And any body who would play this at their funeral, is the s**t.
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mysteriousst r a n g e r 5 4 5
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Not me
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justinjenny4 9 5
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What's up with that
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F**kin-A,,, my all time favorite Metallica song rite here,,, FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS!!!! A true Classic.. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend I can hear ya playing it now... There new cd is out need 2 ck it out.... This song will b played at my funeral. Straight F**kin Fact.... Take a look 2 the sky just b4 u die,, it's the last time u will... Bad a** jam... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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f**king awesome band best n the world
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I absolutely love Metallica, don't get me wrong, their first few albums were complete masterpieces . Their newest album, well, it's not the same, I think Moth into flame, hardwired, and atlas rise are pretty much the best songs on this new album, everything else just sounds really evil.
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Great song metal f**k yeah
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Love this filing song
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alabastervil l i s 0
ive been listening to thrash since its early days and I will say metallica and their first 3 albums were ground breaking but I was also there to see them lie and then turn on their fans and change their sound and then years later try to take credit for the music they turned their backs on.
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jbrandons1
Been a fan since the beginning, and still a fan to this day.... Metallica rocks
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Yes this song rocks! Love how it starts if you don't know Metallica as Steel Panther says get the f**k out!!!!
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Death Magnetic ftw.
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I absolutely love this album. I may be a chick but, I love to rock. This song rovks!!!
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One of most favorite Metallica songs, f**k yeah
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Damn this song is kick a**,this is what been waiting for Metallica go back to more heavier thrash metal!!! I have definitely buy Hardwired to self destruct!!
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I agree with Kimo, this kicks f****** a**! Escape, by Metallica. So don't say they're sellouts, they sell out every night, every concert! That's for sure! Metallica rules metal, there a totally kickass band. This from their second album, Ride the Lightning, Escape rocks a**! But then again, this whole album is totally awesome! Metal up your a**! Rock on!
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My fav band is back. He'll yes. Their new s**t is beast too
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When I was a teenager my mom took my Metallica Kill 'Em All cd and deliberately broke it with a hammer. To this day that is one of my favorite albums
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I❤Y HAVY METAL❤❤❤
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Great tune anytime just chilling with coldie
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Awesome Tribute to the Metal Master..Ronn i e James Dio \m/ Metallica Rules!!
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This what been waiting from Metallica back to their 80 thrash metal sound, Metallica fan for life!!!
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Awesome band
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Ill play Metallica at any party. And crash the party.
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Really like this so g. They have such a high energy style
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Absoulty my most favorite band since 1993 and still is !!
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