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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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METALLICA Discography

METALLICA albums / top albums

METALLICA Kill 'em All album cover 3.79 | 177 ratings
Kill 'em All
Thrash Metal 1983
METALLICA Ride the Lightning album cover 4.44 | 217 ratings
Ride the Lightning
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA Master of Puppets album cover 4.53 | 264 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
METALLICA ...And Justice for All album cover 4.30 | 205 ratings
...And Justice for All
Thrash Metal 1988
METALLICA Metallica album cover 3.43 | 169 ratings
Metallica
Heavy Metal 1991
METALLICA Load album cover 2.67 | 122 ratings
Load
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA ReLoad album cover 2.21 | 114 ratings
ReLoad
Heavy Metal 1997
METALLICA Garage Inc. album cover 3.38 | 94 ratings
Garage Inc.
Heavy Metal 1998
METALLICA St. Anger album cover 1.82 | 124 ratings
St. Anger
Alternative Metal 2003
METALLICA Death Magnetic album cover 3.50 | 128 ratings
Death Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2008
METALLICA Lulu (with Lou Reed) album cover 1.73 | 74 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
Heavy Metal 2011
METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct album cover 3.37 | 37 ratings
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Heavy Metal 2016

METALLICA EPs & splits

METALLICA Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP album cover 2.93 | 19 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited album cover 4.09 | 40 ratings
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Thrash Metal 1987
METALLICA Live at Wembley Stadium EP album cover 3.67 | 3 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium EP
Heavy Metal 1992
METALLICA Hero of the Day EP album cover 3.78 | 5 ratings
Hero of the Day EP
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA St. Anger EP album cover 2.25 | 2 ratings
St. Anger EP
Alternative Metal 2003
METALLICA The Unnamed Feeling E.P. album cover 2.73 | 7 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Some Kind of Monster album cover 2.69 | 16 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under EP album cover 2.57 | 3 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under Part II album cover 2.71 | 3 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Live at Grimey's album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Live at Grimey's
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Beyond Magnetic album cover 3.36 | 21 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2011
METALLICA Musicares MAP Fund Benefit Concert album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Musicares MAP Fund Benefit Concert
Non-Metal 2014

METALLICA live albums

METALLICA S&M album cover 3.08 | 57 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
METALLICA Through the Never album cover 3.55 | 6 ratings
Through the Never
Thrash Metal 2013
METALLICA By Request: Bogota, Colombia - March 16, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Bogota, Colombia - March 16, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Quito, Equador - March 18, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Quito, Equador - March 18, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Lima, Peru - March 20, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Lima, Peru - March 20, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: São Paulo, Brazil - March 22, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: São Paulo, Brazil - March 22, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Asunción, Paraguay - March 24, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Asunción, Paraguay - March 24, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Santiago, Chile - March 27, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Santiago, Chile - March 27, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 29, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 29, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 30, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Buenos Aires, Argentina - March 30, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Helsinki, Finland - May 28, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Helsinki, Finland - May 28, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Stockholm, Sweden - May 30, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Stockholm, Sweden - May 30, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Oslo, Norway - June 1, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Oslo, Norway - June 1, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Horsens, Denmark - June 3, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Horsens, Denmark - June 3, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Hamburg, Germany - June 4, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Hamburg, Germany - June 4, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Nuremberg, Germany - June 6, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Nuremberg, Germany - June 6, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Nürburg, Germany - June 8, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Nürburg, Germany - June 8, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Landgraaf, Netherlands - June 9, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Landgraaf, Netherlands - June 9, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA Glastonbury Festival, England - June 28, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Glastonbury Festival, England - June 28, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Rome, Italy - July 1, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Rome, Italy - July 1, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Werchter, Belgium - July 3, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Werchter, Belgium - July 3, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Basel, Switzerland - July 4, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Basel, Switzerland - July 4, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Knebworth, England - July 6, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Knebworth, England - July 6, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Prague, Czech Republic - July 8, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Prague, Czech Republic - July 8, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Vienna, Austria - July 9, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Vienna, Austria - July 9, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Warsaw, Poland - July 11, 2014 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
By Request: Warsaw, Poland - July 11, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Istanbul, Turkey - July 13, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Istanbul, Turkey - July 13, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA By Request: Montreal, Canada - August 9, 2014 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request: Montreal, Canada - August 9, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014
METALLICA S&M 2 album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
S&M 2
Symphonic Metal 2020

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

METALLICA '82 Garage Rehearsal Tape album cover 2.14 | 3 ratings
'82 Garage Rehearsal Tape
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA Power Metal album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Power Metal
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA No Life 'Til Leather album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
No Life 'Til Leather
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA Live Metal Up Your Ass album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Live Metal Up Your Ass
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA No Remorse/Whiplash Demo album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
No Remorse/Whiplash Demo
Thrash Metal 1983
METALLICA Mandatory Metallica album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mandatory Metallica
Thrash Metal 1988
METALLICA Fan Can 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 1
Thrash Metal 1996
METALLICA Fan Can 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 2
Thrash Metal 1997
METALLICA Fan Can 3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 3
Heavy Metal 1998
METALLICA The Garage Remains the Same album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Garage Remains the Same
Thrash Metal 2000
METALLICA Fan Can 4 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 4
Thrash Metal 2001
METALLICA Fan Can 5 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 5
Thrash Metal 2005
METALLICA Fan Can 6 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 6
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA The 30th Anniversary Celebration album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The 30th Anniversary Celebration
Heavy Metal 2012
METALLICA Fifth Member Exclusive Deluxe Box Set Sampler album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fifth Member Exclusive Deluxe Box Set Sampler
Thrash Metal 2016

METALLICA re-issues & compilations

METALLICA The Good, The Bad & The Live: The 6½ Year Anniversary 12 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Good, The Bad & The Live: The 6½ Year Anniversary 12" Collection
Thrash Metal 1990
METALLICA Live Shit: Binge & Purge album cover 4.59 | 22 ratings
Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Thrash Metal 1993
METALLICA Vinyl Box album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Vinyl Box
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA By Request Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
By Request Box Set
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA singles (39)

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4.25 | 2 ratings
Whiplash
Thrash Metal 1983
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Jump in the Fire
Thrash Metal 1984
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4.33 | 5 ratings
Creeping Death
Thrash Metal 1984
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5.00 | 2 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1985
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3.28 | 5 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
Thrash Metal 1988
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2.93 | 3 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.43 | 3 ratings
One
Thrash Metal 1989
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2.67 | 5 ratings
Enter Sandman
Heavy Metal 1991
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2.50 | 3 ratings
The Unforgiven
Heavy Metal 1991
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.31 | 4 ratings
Sad but True
Heavy Metal 1993
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2.50 | 2 ratings
One (Live)
Thrash Metal 1993
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2.25 | 4 ratings
Until It Sleeps
Hard Rock 1996
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3.83 | 3 ratings
Hero of the Day
Hard Rock 1996
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1.83 | 3 ratings
Mama Said
Hard Rock 1996
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4.33 | 3 ratings
King Nothing
Heavy Metal 1997
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2.56 | 5 ratings
The Memory Remains
Heavy Metal 1997
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1.50 | 1 ratings
The Unforgiven II
Hard Rock 1998
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Fuel
Heavy Metal 1998
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition
Thrash Metal 1998
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4.33 | 3 ratings
Turn the Page
Hard Rock 1998
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4.25 | 2 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
Heavy Metal 1999
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Die, Die My Darling
Heavy Metal 1999
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3.08 | 2 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
Symphonic Metal 1999
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0.00 | 0 ratings
No Leaf Clover
Symphonic Metal 2000
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0.50 | 1 ratings
I Disappear
Hard Rock 2000
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3.67 | 3 ratings
St. Anger
Alternative Metal 2003
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2.38 | 8 ratings
Frantic
Alternative Metal 2003
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2.25 | 2 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling
Alternative Metal 2004
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1.69 | 4 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.93 | 3 ratings
My Apocalypse
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Cyanide
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.00 | 1 ratings
The Judas Kiss
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.08 | 2 ratings
All Nightmare Long
Thrash Metal 2008
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
Thrash Metal 2009
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1.88 | 4 ratings
The View (with Lou Reed)
Heavy Metal 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)
Thrash Metal 2014
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Lords of Summer (First Pass Version)
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.67 | 21 ratings
Cliff 'Em All!
Thrash Metal 1987
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2.56 | 8 ratings
2 of One
Thrash Metal 1989
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5.00 | 1 ratings
For Those About To Rock: Monsters In Moscow
Thrash Metal 1992
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4.02 | 11 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.95 | 16 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.74 | 24 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
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3.88 | 11 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica
Thrash Metal 2001
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3.48 | 19 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
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3.72 | 10 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
Thrash Metal 2006
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3.38 | 7 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.00 | 9 ratings
Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.03 | 10 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010
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3.40 | 5 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2012
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2.25 | 2 ratings
Metallica Through The Never
Thrash Metal 2013

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA S&M 2

Live album · 2020 · Symphonic Metal
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Vim Fuego
21 years ago when “S&M” came out, I eviscerated it.

I was being paid to write album reviews. Well, yeah, they were only a minor part of my job as an underpaid, overworked hack reporter for a small regional daily newspaper, but they got printed in the paper, so it counts! I called Metallica “…bloated rock dinosaurs of the type they once despised.” I said the double live album recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra should have been cut back to a four-song EP, and the rest of the album should have been shelved as a failed experiment.

So much for the power of the poisonous pen. Metallica fans loved “S&M”.

It went at least gold in two countries, platinum in eight more, double platinum in four countries (including my home country of New Zealand), and triple platinum in Canada. And that’s just the audio version. The DVD concert film went gold in Austria, platinum in Brazil, six times platinum in the United States, and seven times platinum in Australia. In short, the whole “S&M” venture sold millions and millions of copies worldwide, and was an outstanding success.

With such a success the first time why not do it again on the 20th anniversary of the first collaboration? So once again, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performed together on 6 and 8 September 2019, and this album is the record of that occasion.

It’s a bit different to last time though. Personnel-wise, orchestra conductor Michael Kamen had passed away in 2003, with Edwin Outwater now in place. Robert Trujillo had long since replaced Jason Newsted in Metallica. And producer Bob Rock was also long gone, with Greg Fidelman now the man in charge of the mix.

The collaboration between band and orchestra seems more thorough than the original version too. There were times on the original “S&M” where the band just completely drowned out the orchestra, who seemed only to be there for decoration. This time, it seems the orchestra is more integral to the performance.

Metallica’s introduction music, Ennio Morricone’s stirring “The Ecstasy of Gold” is usually played via a tape. This time it gets a full orchestral rendition, and segues into the classically inspired “The Call of Ktulu”. Right from the first few notes, it’s immediately obvious the collaboration between band and orchestra is more thorough than the original “S&M” concerts. There were times on “S&M” where the band just completely drowned out the orchestra, who seemed only to be there for decoration. This time, it seems the orchestra is more integral to the performance.

The extra facets added to “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and “The Day That Never Comes” by the orchestra give both of these songs a fresh new sound. The rendition of “The Memory Remains” is beautiful in a heavy yet melancholic way. The audience filling in for Marianne Faithful is particularly moving.

Even the tracks from “Hardwired… to Self-Destruct” (another Metallica album I’m not keen on, but the hordes love) work really well here. “Confusion” shines with the orchestration. Lars sounds a bit puffed during “Moth Into Flame” though, lagging slightly behind the beat in the first faster section, but hey, it’s a live performance, so such things are always a possibility. Mr Ulrich gets a free pass on this one.

“The Outlaw Torn” gets it’s full ten-minute airing here, which includes the wonderful jam at the end of the song, which was foolishly trimmed from the studio original. “No Leaf Clover”, the better of two tracks originally written for the first “S&M” gets a repeat performance, with a sparkling new finish. Thankfully, the dire “-Human” doesn’t reappear.

Metal crowds aren’t really used to conductors explaining songs mid-show, but this is a reasonably common occurrence in orchestral performances. The spoken introductions to Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite” and Mosolov’s “The Iron Foundry” do just this, and gives these pieces some context. It starts with Lars welcoming Metallica fans from dozens of countries attending the performance, and then introducing musical director Michael Tilson Thomas, who shared the background behind “Scythian Suite”. It is performed by the symphony orchestra without Metallica, and fits the program perfectly, proving classical music can be as heavy as metal. Written in 1915, the piece was originally intended for the ballet “Ala i Lolli”, but was rejected.

The collaborative performance of Russian futurist piece “The Iron Foundry” is outstanding, and is possibly the break-out performance of the entire concert. The orchestral/metal/industrial track is unbelievably heavy and mechanical, but still quintessentially organic. It segues into a beautiful introduction and rendition of orchestra and voice arrangement of “Unforgiven III”.

Apparently the late Cliff Burton first floated the idea of Metallica performing with an orchestra. In memory of Cliff, his writhing bass solo “Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” gets an airing here. Principal bassist Scott Pingel had played in metal cover bands in his teenage years and was drawn to “Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth)”, but never did anything more with it. His music interests strayed away from rock and metal, and via R&B, jazz, and fusion, ended up with a career as an orchestral musician. Pingel came up with the idea of playing the song on an upright electric bass with a bow. Initially, the song was to be a duet with Robert Trujillo, but on hearing Pingel play the song to the band, Trujillo insistent Pingel play it solo. It was the right decision. He nails Cliff’s sound and feel, but adds a modern warmth and nuance.

The final few tracks are the old classics you would always expect to hear at a Metallica concert. The orchestral representation of a battlefield at the introduction to “One” are particularly evocative. “Master of Puppets” is far more convincing a collaboration than the 1999 version. “Nothing Else Matters” was written and originally recorded with a string section, and a full orchestra only adds to the emotional depth of the song.

Overall, the orchestra adds a warmth and depth to the Metallica songs here. It seems to be a better mix than the first “S&M” album. The brass and horns add power, the strings emotion, the woodwinds beauty, and the percussion clarity. Another factor in making this the far superior orchestral collaboration is song selection. This time round it is mostly slower songs - there are no total mismatches like the dreadful messes that were “Fuel” and “Battery”. When the band does play fast, the arrangements are such that it doesn’t seem the orchestra are being left behind or just marking time until their next fill.

This could have been a pretentious mess, but it’s not. Metallica is not done as a creative force just yet. Don’t let any hack reviewers try to put you off. This album is incredible.

METALLICA ...And Justice for All

Album · 1988 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
Metallica enter a slight stylistic shift towards the progressive, slowing down a bit and delivering more complex, technical rhythms. This is actually quite possibly their least accessible album, not only lacking any sort of anthemic rockers, but also being pretty much a downer in mood the whole time. In addition, it tends to focus more on technicality and rhythm instead of instantly memorable riffs. That’s not to say the music here is really complex, but certainly more so than previous albums.

From that, you can pretty much tell what the strengths and weaknesses are. Here is Metallica at their darkest, most technically proficient, and most serious. It’s definitely got more points in terms of “thinking man’s music” than their other stuff, but on the other end, it definitely loses memorability. The songs are all quality, but most of them lack any insanely good riffs that get caught in your head. It’s also supposed to be their angriest album, but since the straightforward aggression is swapped for rhythmic precision, it certainly comes off as less passionate, and James is yelling in time more than he is in melody. This unfortunately sacrifices mood, which leaves songs a bit flat.

Now, there are two songs here that completely evade those weaknesses. “One”, as everyone knows, is an incredibly powerful “ballad” that basically goes through stages of grief, starting slow and somber before breaking out into manic frustration. Then there’s the closer, “Dyer’s Eve.” It’s possibly Metallica’s heaviest, angriest song ever recorded, detailing child abuse and showcasing Lar’s best performance yet. This song is so strong because James sounds very convincingly full of anger and hurt, and everyone is playing at the apex of their ability.

It’s certainly a “different” album even considering Metallica’s varied discography, but it was very much a success and resulted in some of their best material.

METALLICA ReLoad

Album · 1997 · Heavy Metal
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Vim Fuego
“ReLoad” at first sight? Hey, at least this one doesn’t have jizz on the cover like “Load” did! It looks like an egg yolk, or perhaps an embryo. Wonder what the cover image is called? "Piss and Blood XXVI"? Well, fuck...

So, yeah. Like Metallica’s previous instalment in the series “How to Disappoint Long Time Fans, but Sell Millions Anyway” (more commonly called “Load” and released in 1996), this album is covered in bodily fluids. But then, should anything different have been expected? Originally intended to be released as a double album, “Load” and “ReLoad” were recorded in part at the same time. That even Metallica got bored and couldn’t be arsed to hang around in the studio to finish this off in one go is an indicator of what’s going to be offered up here.

Like “Load”, “ReLoad” is too long. Listening to it is a chore. However, it does have a couple of points of interest, but these really aren’t enough to redeem the album.

First track “Fuel” is a silly, double-entendre-laden cock rock parody. While it might be the closest thing here to Metallica’s thrash roots, the riffs are second rate and forgettable, and it is painfully infantile.

Second track and first single from the album “The Memory Remains” is the strongest song across both Load albums. It features a broken, despairing vocal from Marianne Faithful, representing a fading star lamenting a career which is slipping relentlessly from her grasp. This is pretty much as good as it gets as good as it gets. “Devil’s Dance” actually lets Jason play. Pity he’s restricted to a simplistic pulse under an unremarkable song.

“The Unforgiven II” is an unnecessary reworking of “The Unforgiven” from the 1991 self-titled album. Yes, it’s a ballad. Yes, it’s got loud and quiet bits (but in the reverse order! How thrilling!). Yes, it’s got abstract lyrics. Yes, it’s long and boring.

“Better Than You” demonstrates one of the big problems here perfectly. It’s a big, fat sounding rocker, with Bob Rock’s big, fat, comfortable sounding production stamped all over it. And that’s the problem. Rock is a well… rock producer. It’s just not metal enough. See, this band has “metal” in it’s name – the first five letters – so is it really that unreasonable to expect the band to maybe please, play metal? Oh, for Fleming Rasmussen’s sharper, crisper production style from the past!

“Slither” is filler. The first riff sounds like a truncated “Smoke on The Water”. And the vocal effects are annoying. “Carpe Diem Baby” starts off slow and pedestrian. “Carpe Diem Baby” finishes slow and pedestrian too. Another six minutes of your life you won’t get back. “Bad Seed” is sort of bluesy and bouncy, but it’s more filler.

“Where The Wild Things Are” is a bit more metallic, and has a memorable vocal melody. But those double-tracked vocals? Awful! Yuck! It’s also the last Metallica writing credit for Jason Newsted. “Prince Charming” starts off promisingly with a jamming riff, and an uptempo vibe, but at it’s core, it’s Motley Crue’s “Kickstart My Heart” forced through a Metallica filter.

“Low Man’s Lyric” however, is a revelation. A ballad that’s not your traditional power ballad, it features a hurdy gurdy and violin, giving it an almost folk rock feel. And there’s no amplified power to it. Just when you expect everyone to stomp on the effects pedals and rock out, the music pulls back from the brink again. Kirk Hammett weaves some subtle solos over this, and James Hetfield’s heartfelt vocal creaks with heavy emotion.

And then the mellow, melancholic feel of “Low Man’s Lyric” is stamped all over by “Attitude”. Nope, it’s not a Misfits cover, more’s the pity. It’s another five minutes of turgid, bland rock.

Then “Fixxxer” sneaks in at the end. Finally, something hard driving and compelling to listen to. No, not very metal, but this song is heavy in other ways. There’s some raking slide guitar, with clean solo counterpoints, a throbbing bass line, oblique lyrics, and some reptilian vocal effects. Yes, it’s similar in formula to several other tracks on the album, but for some reason which is hard to fathom, it actually works this time, after half a dozen previous fails.

This was the third album in a row Metallica had fashioned using the same safe but ultimately tedious formula with Bob Rock twiddling the knobs at the soundboard. It took them a few more years, and a disastrous attempt at changing the formula (yes, the dog turd on a putting green that is “St. Anger”) before they gave Rock the boot. While Metallica’s output since has been inconsistent to say the least, there have been no more of these flaccid monstrosities inflicted upon the metal world, so maybe it was ultimately Bob Rock’s doing? More than likely though, it was just the band’s mindset at the time. “ReLoad” may have left a lot of long-time fans feeling disillusioned and disappointed, but it was still a success in it’s own way. It didn’t chart or sell as well as “Load”, but that’s relative – it still went triple platinum in the United States, and sold multiple millions of copies worldwide. However, success isn’t a synonym for interesting.

METALLICA Master of Puppets

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
One of those albums you know upon first listen as a masterpiece. Now, I’m going to start off by saying it’s only my second favorite Metallica album, and I wouldn’t put it anywhere near my favorite metal albums of all time or anything. There are hundreds of bands out there that cater to my taste more than Metallica – probably a hundred Thrash bands alone.

The thing is, this album just has that sort of magic anyone can identify. Dare I say, a sort of objective quality that one can appreciate, if there was such a thing. This is one of the closest albums I’d award the term flawless to. It’s not that every song is a 5-star masterpiece, however, there simply aren’t any glaring, or even hidden, flaws. The musicians, as always, are fantastic; the dual guitars deliver a combination of incredible riffs and solos, the bass gets time to shine, and Lars on drums sounds better here than he ever had before or would since. James sounds fantastic, using his melodic singing more here than before (and acing it) while still giving us a healthy dose of aggressive yelling. The lyrics here are all great too, referencing literature, war, mental illness, and more.

The music itself is very consistent for an album that mixes a lot together. There is pure heavy, thrashing aggression; there is slow, moody darkness; there are even emotionally compelling and beautifully melodic moments. Every song is a complete package with tons of great riffs, solos, and a couple have complete mood/tempo changes. Despite this, they are all very memorable and deliver something unique. No one can go wrong with this album when looking for a masterpiece.

METALLICA Ride the Lightning

Album · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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SilentScream213
Canonically among the greatest Metal albums of all time, Ride the Lightning took the Thrash from Kill Em All and, at the expense of some speed and energy, added superb songwriting, lyricism, and a wide range of emotions and moods. In fact, one of the things that makes Ride the Lightning so good is that anyone can enjoy it – you don’t have to be a Thrash fan or even a metalhead to appreciate the fantastic musicianship of the title track, or the emotional weight of “Fade to Black.” Still my favorite Metallica album, Ride the Lightning has stood the test of time for music fans of all kinds.

METALLICA Movies Reviews

METALLICA Some Kind of Monster

Movie · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
‘Some Kind of Monster’ is an interesting look at the personal problems that arise amongst band members after having worked together throughout careers that span decades. The biggest rock band in the world is on the verge of breaking up, with one member leaving, one member in rehab and one member being the most hated man in music. It’s compelling viewing, that’s for sure.

However, it’s been often stated that this will appeal to Metallica fans and non-fans alike, and I do consider that a bit of an overstatement. I’m a huge, huge die-hard fan of the band, but at two hours and 10 minutes in duration, and a couple of hours of extra material, even I find this quite a tedious viewing at times.

Essentially, it boils down to the egos of two men, James and Lars, and goes on to become nothing more than “Temper Tantrum: The Movie”. Still, it’s always fun and interesting to see what musicians I admire get up to when they’re not on stage. The process of recording their 2003 dud of album ‘St. Anger’, what they do in their spare time, the auditions for a new bass player and the endless promotional events they partake in.

While this isn’t essential viewing to the average movie-goer, fans of the band will enjoy this stripped and bare movie that shows that even rich and famous rock stars have egos and emotions, and the tolls that that stardom takes on them.

METALLICA Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica

Movie · 2001 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
This is basically a DVD highlights package of the two Metallica VHS releases, ‘A Year and a Half in the Life of…’ that the band released in the early 90’s. A harmless enough watch, which looks at the making of one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums, we’re given a track-by-track look at the process of writing and recording each song, and there’s some additional material with band members reflecting upon the album years later.

It’s interesting to watch, but it mostly comprises of footage we’ve already seen in countless other videos, and it lacks all the emotional depth of Metallica’s 2004 movie ‘Some Kind of Monster’.

Still, while it’s hardly going to be the most riveting thing you’ve ever watched, if you’re a fan of Metallica it’s certainly not a bad way to kill two hours.

METALLICA The Videos 1989-2004

Movie · 2006 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
Let’s face it, when it comes to music videos, Metallica have had some absolute bangers, and some absolute stinkers. Some of them, such as the iconic ‘One’ and ‘Enter Sandman’, have become heavy metal classics, which stand up as well today as they did upon release. Then there’s the not-so-classic ones… ‘Hero of the Day’, ‘King Nothing’ and ‘The Unforgiven II’, all of which are great songs, but the videos could easily be any other generic rock band from that era.

With that said though, this is a cool disc for any die-hard Metallica fans. Music video compilations are obsolete now thanks to YouTube, but it’s still cool for a collector to have these on DVD, especially if they insist on owning everything a band puts out.

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