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Metallica are an American metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in The Recycler. Metallica’s line-up originally consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine was later fired due to problems with alcoholism and drug addiction - he went on to form the band Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett took his place. Metallica has been through several bassists, including Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus crash while the band was on tour), and Jason Newsted. The current bassist is Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003.

Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal sub-genre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986
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.. Album Cover 3.86 | 158 ratings
Kill 'em All
Thrash Metal 1983
.. Album Cover 4.44 | 192 ratings
Ride the Lightning
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 4.61 | 234 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 180 ratings
...And Justice for All
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.43 | 152 ratings
Metallica
Traditional heavy metal 1991
.. Album Cover 2.75 | 111 ratings
Load
Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 2.30 | 104 ratings
ReLoad
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.40 | 86 ratings
Garage Inc.
Traditional heavy metal 1998
.. Album Cover 1.70 | 112 ratings
St. Anger
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.48 | 118 ratings
Death Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 1.49 | 63 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
Traditional heavy metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 19 ratings
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Traditional heavy metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 3.31 | 16 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 3.97 | 35 ratings
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Thrash Metal 1987
.. Album Cover 3.09 | 3 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium EP
Traditional heavy metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.16 | 3 ratings
Hero of the Day EP
Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
St. Anger EP
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.24 | 6 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 2.54 | 14 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Live at Grimey's
Thrash Metal 2010
.. Album Cover 3.63 | 17 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2011
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musicares MAP Fund Benefit Concert
Non-Metal 2014

METALLICA live albums

.. Album Cover 3.21 | 51 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 2.79 | 5 ratings
Through the Never
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Bogota, Colombia - March 16, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 30, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Stockholm, Sweden - May 30, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Nürburg, Germany - June 8, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Glastonbury Festival, England - June 28, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Istanbul, Turkey - July 13, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Montreal, Canada - August 9, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

.. Album Cover 2.49 | 3 ratings
'82 Garage Rehearsal Tape
Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Power Metal
Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 4.87 | 4 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1983
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mandatory Metallica
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 1
Thrash Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 2
Thrash Metal 1997
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Fan Can 3
Traditional heavy metal 1998
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The Garage Remains the Same
Thrash Metal 2000
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Fan Can 4
Thrash Metal 2001
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Fan Can 5
Thrash Metal 2005
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Fan Can 6
Thrash Metal 2010
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The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Traditional heavy metal 2012
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Fifth Member Exclusive Deluxe Box Set Sampler
Thrash Metal 2016

METALLICA re-issues & compilations

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The Good, The Bad & The Live: The 6½ Year Anniversary 12" Collection
Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 20 ratings
Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Thrash Metal 1993
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vinyl Box
Thrash Metal 2004
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By Request Box Set
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA singles (38)

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3.50 | 1 ratings
Whiplash
Thrash Metal 1983
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Jump in the Fire
Thrash Metal 1984
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4.52 | 4 ratings
Creeping Death
Thrash Metal 1984
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1985
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3.07 | 3 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
Thrash Metal 1988
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2.60 | 2 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.10 | 2 ratings
One
Thrash Metal 1989
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2.78 | 3 ratings
Enter Sandman
Thrash Metal 1991
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2.05 | 2 ratings
The Unforgiven
Thrash Metal 1991
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
Traditional heavy metal 1992
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.72 | 3 ratings
Sad but True
Thrash Metal 1993
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2.29 | 3 ratings
Until It Sleeps
Traditional heavy metal 1996
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4.86 | 2 ratings
Hero of the Day
Traditional heavy metal 1996
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0.52 | 2 ratings
Mama Said
Traditional heavy metal 1996
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4.90 | 2 ratings
King Nothing
Traditional heavy metal 1997
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1.00 | 1 ratings
The Memory Remains
Traditional heavy metal 1997
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1.50 | 1 ratings
The Unforgiven II
Traditional heavy metal 1998
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Fuel
Traditional heavy metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition
Thrash Metal 1998
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4.45 | 2 ratings
Turn the Page
Traditional heavy metal 1998
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4.02 | 2 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
Traditional heavy metal 1999
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Die, Die My Darling
Traditional heavy metal 1999
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
Thrash Metal 1999
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0.00 | 0 ratings
No Leaf Clover
Thrash Metal 2000
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0.50 | 1 ratings
I Disappear
Thrash Metal 2000
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3.50 | 1 ratings
St. Anger
Thrash Metal 2003
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2.40 | 5 ratings
Frantic
Thrash Metal 2003
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3.38 | 2 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling
Thrash Metal 2004
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2.71 | 4 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.98 | 3 ratings
My Apocalypse
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.00 | 1 ratings
Cyanide
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.00 | 1 ratings
The Judas Kiss
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.50 | 1 ratings
All Nightmare Long
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.40 | 2 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
Thrash Metal 2009
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0.59 | 3 ratings
The View (with Lou Reed)
Traditional heavy metal 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)
Thrash Metal 2014
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Lords of Summer (First Pass Version)
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.73 | 19 ratings
Cliff 'Em All!
Thrash Metal 1987
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2.83 | 8 ratings
2 of One
Thrash Metal 1989
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0.00 | 0 ratings
For Those About To Rock: Monsters In Moscow
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.67 | 11 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
Traditional heavy metal 1992
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4.08 | 14 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.39 | 22 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
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3.75 | 10 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica
Thrash Metal 2001
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3.54 | 15 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
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3.98 | 8 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
Thrash Metal 2006
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3.34 | 6 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.35 | 8 ratings
Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.14 | 9 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010
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3.46 | 4 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2012

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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Nightfly
Like many I’d long since given up caring about whether Metallica released another album or not. Years of releasing mediocrity when around them others were releasing vital and brilliant pieces of work. I’m not just talking about newer bands here either. Take Exodus and Testament for example – two bands from the same era as Metallica who have still been releasing incredibly good albums for years with only the occasional misstep. The last Metallica album I was remotely excited about was the so called Black Album and even that paled in comparison to their 80’s output baring the poorly produced …And Justice For All. Load and re-Load would have made one strong album between them. St Anger was another album marred by bizarre production decisions, mainly in the drum sound but contained a few inspiring moments. Death Magnetic was a step in the right direction though lacking killer material again and an overly harsh production. Lulu was a brave experiment that delivered little but I have more time for it than most seem to, it has to be said, though it rarely leaves the shelf.

The initial signs were promising, Hardwired was the first song to be released and it showed Metallica as a vital force again with a strong performance from all and a return to their thrash roots with some killer riffage – total shock! Not quite as good but not far behind were the next two pre-album releases Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Arise!, both packing plenty of punch. I was really getting interested now and November the album finally arrived. First off, let’s say that it’s a very good and often excellent album. It’s also a long album spread over two discs on both vinyl and Cd versions. Many have said it’s too long at almost eighty minutes but as far as I’m concerned that’s only a problem if it’s sub-standard. For the most part here that’s not the case though a bit of careful editing wouldn’t have hurt. Hardwired…To Self-Destruct as most will know by now is not however an overall return to their thrash roots which is hardly surprising really. Most of the material plods along at a mid-pace the way much of their 90’s output did. The first sign of this comes three songs in with the seven minute Now That We’re Dead. Fortunately it’s still a great song with a memorable hook. Am I Savage, Halo On Fire and Confusion to name a few occupy that similar Black album/Load territory. Some of them slightly outstay their welcome at the seven/eight minute mark with not quite enough variation to sustain them, Halo On Fire being a case in point, though in the main are saved by strong songwriting. A late surprise is last track Spit Out The Bone which is the best song on the album belting along at a fair pace with a killer riff and capturing them in full on thrash mode. The seven minutes fly by!

Hardwired… is also the best sounding Metallica since Re-Load with a thick and powerful production lacking the harshness of Death Magnetic. The band play well throughout with moments of brilliance and the often maligned Lars Ulrich plays his best drums for at least twenty years. Not in terms of complexity but solid as a rock with a strong groove.

I’m happier with this album than I ever dared hope but a couple more up-tempo songs placed mid album could have helped with the overall pacing. If you want ground-breaking however don’t come here, but Hardwired…To Self-Destruct is certainly a strong traditional metal album intermittently delving into thrash. No doubt many will still dismiss it but it’s an album they can be rightly proud of.

METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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Unitron
At this point, it's a long wait for when a new Metallica album comes around. While I'm in the minority of enjoying every Metallica album to a certain extent (not counting Lulu), with the release of the three singles, people were excited for this Metallica album. When the album was finally released, it has seemed to have caused a split among fans. Many people were underwhelmed and found it disappointing, and many people loved it and found it to be Metallica's best album in a long while.

I belong to the latter group, I think this is the band's best album since Load, if not Master of Puppets. As I'm one who loves Load, probably my third favorite Metallica album, that's nothing to be understated. Hardwired...to Self Destruct brings together the best parts of both the thrash side and straight up heavy metal side of the band. Being a double album, this half-and-half sound works out (almost) perfectly. Disc one is pretty much a straight thrash metal assault, starting with the rampaging title cut that opens up the album. Switch the modern production values with an 80's sound, and this sounds ripped straight from one of the band's classic albums. "Atlas Rise" and "Moth Into Flame", the other two singles, are of the same caliber. While they don't sound straight out of the classics, they are indeed pure Metallica thrash.

Now those singles are all killer, but this album has a lot more to offer. "Dream No More" may very well be my favorite, with an infectiously catchy main hook. This one's more reminiscent of the band's crunchier songs like "The Thing That Should Not Be", which is interestingly my favorite from Master of Puppets. Disc two lands more on the groovy Black Album/Load-esque heavy metal sound, with the winner from those being "Am I Savage?". You know, this may even beat Load even though it's of similar style. I find it impossible to not bang my head to the groovy swagger of the main riff, and the main chorus is great. "Spit Out the Bone" is the one exception of the general sound on disc two. This song is all-out thrash, showing the most relentless aggression from the band in a long while while retaining amazing melodies.

All the members of the band are all in complete top form. Hetfield gives absolutely amazing vocal performances, killer riffing from both Hammett and Hetfield, great drumming from Ulrich, and you can actually hear Trujillo's awesome rumbling basslines. You can especially hear the latter in "Am I Savage?". It all really comes together during the chorus of "Dream No More", with the absolutely punishing riffs fronted with Hetfield's gargantuan vocals.

All the songs are great in my book, but the songs I mentioned are certainly all the highlights. I think this is easily up there with the band's best albums, although I think it would have been nice if they released the two discs as separate albums. If they did do that though, "Halo on Fire" and "Spit Out the Bone" would have to be switched around. "Spit Out the Bone", while overall it would fit better on the first disc, works as a perfect finale to the album as it is. If you're a fan of Metallica, and not just the 80's classics, check this killer album out. Hope you found this review helpful, feel free to comment!

METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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adg211288
If you don't count the poorly received collaboration album with Lou Reed, Lulu (2011), and I'm sure that most of us would rather forget that album, then Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016) marks Metallica's comeback after eight years since an album, that being Death Magnetic (2008). Counting Lulu and covers album Garage Inc. (1998), Hardwired... to Self-Destruct is the band's twelfth album. It's been presented as a double album (with special editions also including a third bonus disc), however the use of two discs here, much like Helloween and their album Keeper of the Seven Keys - The Legacy (2005), isn't actually necessary as the material would just about fit on one disc. It would have gone over had they elected to include Lords of Summer (which has been re-recorded since the so called first pass version from 2014) as part of the main album and not a bonus track and the fact that they decided to do that seems a bit like a kick in the teeth, like they're trying to force purchases of the three disc album just so fans can get all the new material. Really, with Lords of Summer, a few cover tracks and some live recordings, this should be a double CD album at most.

I'm in the group that doesn't think that Metallica has released anything original that is really worthwhile since the early nineties. I like Garage Inc. but it's all covers. Death Magnetic is solid enough, but it doesn't have many tracks that have really stuck with me since it was released. That album definitely was a case of tracks needing some trimming down to be more effective, most being around the six to eight minute mark. The same is still true on some of Hardwired... to Self-Destruct's offerings but there are also examples of more concise song-writing like Hardwired (3:09) and Moth Into Flame (5:50) and better usage of mid-length durations, like Atlas, Rise! (6:28). Those three tracks, also known as the album's trio of pre-release singles, are about as good as Hardwired... to Self-Destruct gets. Hardwired is a full on thrasher while the other two blend thrash with strong traditional metal elements that have been more Metallica's thing since Metallica (1991), A.K.A. The Black Album. After these singles dropped, I had some real high hopes for Hardwired... to Self-Destruct to be a really great album from Metallica, the like of which we haven't got from them since the aforementioned Black Album. They were delivering thrash metal with a great energy and James Hetfield was laying down his best vocals in years, so there was even some hope in me that this one would surpass the Black Album and sit comfortably with their thrash metal albums, or at least close to them.

Unfortunately with the exception of the closing Spit Out the Bone, which is another thrasher, the band seem to lose a lot of their steam elsewhere on the album, delivering slower, more heavy metal based tracks. There's nothing inherently wrong with Metallica when they play heavy metal but when they deliver an album like Hardwired... to Self-Destruct where the thrash metal (and even the thrash/heavy metal cross-breeds) kick so much arse, the result is actually a disjointed release. One that even has a couple of really weak tracks in the form of ManUNkind and Murder One. The latter is supposed to be a tribute to the late Motörhead frontman Lemmy, so it's unfortunate that it's one of the weaker cuts here. Another track that doesn't really do much for me is Am I Savage? Which sounds a little too much like Metallica is trying their hardest to have something of their own that kinda sounds like their beloved Diamond Head's Am I Evil? At least with the title. In fact, the second disc of the album in general is a lot weaker than the first. Lords of Summer is also a thrash metal song but as I said earlier Metallica decided to make it a bonus track on the album, so not all versions have it. Which is a shame, as it's actually a lot better than a few of these tracks that made the cut for the actual album.

My impression of Hardwired... to Self-Destruct is that it's an okay heavy metal album that should have been a great thrash metal album. Ironically it's still the best album that they've done since the Black Album, being a very small improvement on Death Magnetic and leagues ahead of Lulu or the just as hated St. Anger (2003). I'd also take it over Load (1996) and ReLoad (1997) any day. But it's just too inconsistent in quality and even style to ever be considered as more than passable.

METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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666sharon666
For the first time in my life, I actually found myself excited by the prospect of Metallica releasing a new album. I'm as much a fan of their first four albums as anyone, and I quite like the self-titled so-called Black Album too, but I was born in 1986, the year Master of Puppets came out and was only five by the year of the Black Album, so there hasn't really been anything to change that in all my years since. Death Magnetic didn't excite me too much, though I do enjoy the record. However the singles leading up to the release of Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (Hardwired, Moth Into Flame and Atlas, Rise!) made me pay attention to what was going on in Camp Metallica. James Hetfield sounded his best in years and it seemed like we were going to get the closest we ever were to the classic Metallica of old.

Those singles though, in my view at least, were deceptive.

Hardwired... to Self-Destruct isn't a bad album. I'd say it's about on par with Death Magnetic, which is to say it's good but not great, with a few true smile moments. It's more worth owning than most of Metallica's post-Black Album output. The trouble with this album is that Metallica seemed to choose the singles that would most appeal to old school fans, meaning the thrashiest stuff, but when you get the full album in your hands, you find that as a whole, the music on Hardwired... to Self-Destruct doesn't reflect what the singles lead you to expect. In reality we find an album that is much less thrash metal than expected or advertised, which draws strongly on heavy metal and even some hard rock, really putting it closer in style to the Black Album than anything.

It's still a decent release from Metallica; this probably still in their best since the Black Album to be honest, but they built this up in such a way that I expected the album I'm sure other fans have wanted to hear from them for years and then didn't deliver.

METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct

Album · 2016 · Traditional heavy metal
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Vim Fuego
Did the world really need another Metallica album?

Think back to what made those first four albums so great. It was energy, vitality, absolute killer fucking riffs, speed, power, thought provoking lyrics (if you don’t count a couple of misfires on “Kill ‘Em All”), and a fuck-you-we’re-doing-it-our-way attitude. So many bands either aspired to be Metallica, or realised they couldn’t match Hetfield/Ulrich/Hammett/Burton/Newsted and so took different directions.

Like an erupting volcano, Metallica got too big to stay underground. The black album came along, which had huge riffs and huge sales, and has since been followed by some of the most frustratingly inconsistent music in all of metaldom. For every “Hero of the Day” or “The Day That Never Comes” there have been too many songs like “Frantic”, “Thorn Within”, “Devil’s Dance”, “Where The Wild Things Are” and “St. Anger”. There is also the issue of the well-intentioned, but over-ambitious and badly received Lou Reed collaboration “LuLu”.

Like a clumsy proctologist, this album is an exercise in simply going through the motions. The songs are long and pointless, and the album is long and pointless. The killer riff cupboard is simply empty now. It has been more than a quarter of a century since anything as memorable as “Blackened”, “Master of Puppets”, “Fight Fire With Fire” or even “The God That Failed”.

There are no highlights, nor many low lights. It’s all just at the same mediocre level. It has flashes of the once vital band, back when they were young, hungry and angry, but sounds like old, rich and slightly befuddled geezers trotting out the dinosaur rock they once railed against. There is the odd flash of inspiration though. There is a bit of actual thrash here and there. You can hear Kirk again, who went missing in action somewhere around 2001, and he no longer seems to need to be the shredding speed demon he once was, preferring to swagger and wail in a blues-y style. Lars rediscovered his second kick drum too. James’ singing voice is more tuneful than ever before. Robert is still Robert, his incredible bass playing skills underused as ever in this band, but still rock solid as fuck. These men in their 50s are still competent musicians, but have none of the fire of their early-20s selves.

The most telling factor though, is that this album is a chore to listen to. It is hard going, even on a first listen, and improves little on subsequent passes. The only song which really stands out is final track “Spit Out The Bone”, and it seems like an effort to reach it. It is an attempt to recapture the hard-and-fast finish to a Metallica album, like “Damage Inc.”, “Metal Militia” and “Dyer’s Eve”, and succeeds on its own merits, but probably benefits from being the strongest track in a 12 song trudge.

So, to answer the initial question, did the world really need another Metallica album? No, the world did not need another Metallica album, but we got one anyway. Ho hum.

METALLICA Movies Reviews

METALLICA The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria

Movie · 2010 · Thrash Metal
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progshine
I'm reviewing this as a Metallica release cause, well, it seems like one Metallica release with 3 good guests (not trying to bash the other bands, not at all, you'll see on the review).

Anthrax: Great show full of energy, you can see the joy on the band members faces, also, Joey Belladonna vocals are pretty in shape, specially for a 50 years old man. The fact all of them are using the same t-shirt is very nice, shows the unity of the band, no egos involved, one for all, all for one and a good metal show. Rate: 4

Megadeth: Dave gathered great musicians, they're not really new (but sounds as a one man band with guests). Guitars and bass (David Ellefson is one of the great metal bassists ever) are great. But what the f**k is his voice here? What Dave's trying to do with all that falsettos? Is a pain to watch him singing. And he seems worried and nervous the whole show. I never really watched Megadeth live, so I can't say if he's always been like that. Rate: 3

Slayer: The band hit the stage and their hardcore/thrash/metal fast sound comes right to your face. Kerry King accessories (braces and chains) are a little too much on my opinion, but so are the Jeff Hanneman boots xD But their guitars models are very cool. I do like Slayer and they were the one I wanted to see most, but on stage they look like a prog/hardcore/thrash act, cause it looks like the same song over and over. But still, they have great energy, still 'angry' after all this time and Tom Araya's voice still great. Rate: 4

Before Metallica hit the stage a couple of interviews about the Dio death, all of those guys are fans, for sure.

Metallica: Of course they are the 'big brother' here, playing doubled amount of time than the other bands. And you can say whatever you want to say, but few bands can put up a show like these guys do. They made every penny worth. And James Hetfield is singing better than ever, and in a crooner kinda of microphone xD Trujillo is always a fun scene, walking like a 10 pound Gorilla on stage. And I'm sure I'll never like Lars drumming. And every days that passes one idea comes to my mind stronger and stronger, I really would like to see a James solo album, he would do some serious good thing alone, for sure. But, they'll not have a bigger rate for me, cause of one thing, the show IT IS great, but it's the same show over and over the past 2 tours, same songs, same sequence and even James using the same words with the audience. Rate: 4

All in all, it's worth to watch, with a beer on your side will be even better, even if you do not drink (like myself) xD

METALLICA S&M

Movie · 1999 · Symphonic Metal
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AtomicCrimsonRush
"Let's hear it for Michael Kamen yeah!" He was the only one who had the guts to do this. This is the ultimate exercise in excess, to marry Metallica with a Symphony orchestra. The DVD is a crystal clear well edited package onthe ultimate event of the year. It is great to watch the orchestra getting into the music and then to see Metallica banging along. The crowd are as raucous as any Metallicrowd and of course it is as heavy as it always is. There are some fantastic surprises such as Call Of Cthulu sounding very Gothic and powerful with the violins and brass. The concert shows in equal measure the band and orchestra trading off seamlessly. It has been done before of course with Deep Purple and other metal acts. It is almost becoming a cliche of late with many bands taking up the idea including Kiss, Within Temptation, Dream Theater and Therion, all of which are captured on DVD. Non metal acts have done it such as Camel, Yes and ELP. The weird thing about it is these orchestral and rock marriages always work for me. I love to hear that massive orchestral sound with the crunching distortion of guitars. To hear a violin sweep across when you expect a guitar solo is bliss to my ears.

There are so many highlights on this DVD including Master of Puppets, more dramatic than ever, the darkness of super heavy The Thing That Should Not Be, The Memory Remains, iconic with audience participation, Nothing Else Matters, a definitive highlight and the crowd are in raptures when this is played. For Whom the Bell Tolls sounds very Gothic with the sweeping violins, and the song One is a masterpiece with the orchestral accompaniment.

The footage is professionally shot and edited as you would expect and it is nice to see the orhestra mamebrs having fun with this. None of the songs are less heavy, they are augmented to majestic heights. Watching this concert live is the best experience which is perhaps a pinnacle of the group's existence. Soon after it all turned sour as we know, captured on the astonishing Some Kind of Monster doco, but it is so great to see Metallica at the height of their powers as we do in S & M. Check out this DVD to see metal at its grandest.

METALLICA Some Kind of Monster

Movie · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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AtomicCrimsonRush
St Clanger, I'm madly in anger with you... but I love the documentary!

The best thing about the much maligned St Anger is the documentary behind it, Some Kind of Monster.

The band went through immense turmoil during the making of this album. Hetfield left the band for rehab and to clear the cobwebs in his head. With lyrics about his lifestyle and his 'deathstyle', the content of 'St Anger' is bitter, morbid and twisted, and there is no heart in it. Hetfield sounds like he has vocal diarrhea, a word incidentally, from the Greek word meaning 'flowing through'. The only thing flowing on this monstrosity is the cash from the fans who unfortunately were blind sided into buying an expensive beer coaster.

The documentary is a fly on the wall look at how St Wanger was created and it is not a pretty sight. Nothing is left to the imagination as we witness the personal trauma suffered by all concerned. Hefield in particular comes across as breaking down in fornt of us all and it truly sad and as emotionally raw as you will see in a doco, even more so than Anvil. The best thing as far as for the band that occurs is the introduction of bassist Robert Trujillo, who jumped on board the Metallica Machine and he looks stunned when they say it is him they want. Bob Rock on the other hand annoys and fascinates at intervals, making his presence felt but he is no where near as annoying as the counsellor who just jumps in every chance he gets. Some of the things he says are profound and some are just plain frustrating.

When Hetfield leaves it is a compelling movie and you really feel for the band and crew. Lars is especially vocal and very hurt it seems but he is intelligent to know that Hetfield will return; deep down he knows it. Of course the result of this personal chaos is the album stinks. The lyrics were written on toilet paper so that the music industry could wipe their bums on them. Ulrich is most worried about this release but it is out of their hands and we see on the doco how a band is treated when they are at their lowest and it is not for the faint hearted. To see Metallica falling apart is distressing for the fan but as we know they have a triumphant return with the incredible Death Magnetic. I also loved Megadeth's intervention to help out in places, and the scene where Mustaine expresses his pain at being second best in Megadeth is apowerfully moving moment; one of the most unforgettable parts of the doco.

We hear some of the inane lyrics being rehearsed such as the infamous unforgiveable crapola of Frantic; "tick tick tick tick tick tick tock, Frantic tick tick tick tick tick tick tock, Treading water full of worry, This frantic tick tick talk goes hurry... my lifestyle determines my deathstyle" or "This is the face that you hide from, This is the mask that comes undone, Ominous, I am in us, Ominous, I am in us..." or "No compromise, My heart won't pump the other way, Wake the sleeping giant, Wake the beast, Wake the sleeping dog, No, let him sleep..." or "Tear it down, Strip my layers off, My turpentine, Old paint, old looks, Cover up the past, White heat, white light, Super whity, bones, Bones of you and I, Pure if I ... Can't you help me?" and finally "Who's in charge of my head today, Dancin' devils in angels way, It's my time now, Look out motherf***ers here I come, Gonna make my head my home..." Of course we all know the lyrics are a result of how disturbed the band were at the time; nothing was going right and as you see in the doco the band are just going through the motions simply to continue.

The whole background on this album is compelling viewing and the documentary is one of the best 'warts and all' fly- on-the-wall docos in history. Avoid the album, watch the movie.

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