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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 3.87 | 146 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1983
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Thrash Metal 1984
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Traditional heavy metal 1991
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Thrash Metal 1984
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Traditional heavy metal 1996
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Thrash Metal 2003
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Thrash Metal 2004
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Thrash Metal 2010
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Thrash Metal 2010
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Thrash Metal 2010
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Thrash Metal 2011
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Non-Metal 2014

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.. Album Cover 3.18 | 48 ratings
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Symphonic Metal 1999
.. Album Cover 2.09 | 3 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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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
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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Thrash Metal 2014
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.. Album Cover 2.49 | 3 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
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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
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Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1996
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Thrash Metal 1997
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Hard Rock 1998
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Thrash Metal 2000
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Thrash Metal 2001
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Thrash Metal 2005
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Thrash Metal 2010
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Thrash Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 4.52 | 19 ratings
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Thrash Metal 2004
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Thrash Metal 2014

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Thrash Metal 1983
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Thrash Metal 1984
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Thrash Metal 1984
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Thrash Metal 1985
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Thrash Metal 1988
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Thrash Metal 1988
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Thrash Metal 1989
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Thrash Metal 1991
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2.05 | 2 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1991
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Nothing Else Matters
Traditional heavy metal 1992
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2.50 | 1 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1992
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3.72 | 3 ratings
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Thrash Metal 1993
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2.29 | 3 ratings
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Hard Rock 1996
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4.86 | 2 ratings
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Hard Rock 1996
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Hard Rock 1996
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Hard Rock 1997
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Hard Rock 1997
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Hard Rock 1998
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3.00 | 1 ratings
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Hard Rock 1998
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Thrash Metal 1998
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4.45 | 2 ratings
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Hard Rock 1998
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4.02 | 2 ratings
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Hard Rock 1999
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4.50 | 1 ratings
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Hard Rock 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 | 13 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.37 | 20 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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3.43 | 2 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2012

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA Hero of the Day EP

EP · 1996 · Traditional heavy metal
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FMOTP
This EP consists of 3 different versions of one song from Metallica's LOAD album, and 3 live covers of Motorhead songs. LOAD comes from what is generally regarded as Metallica's weakest period. Although I love Metallica, I've let the generally poor opinions of LOAD dissuade me from listening to it. However, I think "Hero of the Day" is a terrific song. It does demonstrate Metallica's more melodic, less thrashy side.

As for the other songs, they are well done although Metallica's versions don't seem significantly different from the Motorhead originals. I like Motorhead's songs except for Lemmy's singing. I think James Hetfield has a much better voice. So, in a manner of speaking, Metallica is paying tribute to one of their biggest influences.

I have one significant reservation about the HERO OF THE DAY EP. As much as I like listening and reviewing EPs, I'm not really interested in 3 different versions of the same song. I'll take away a half star for that reason. For an open-minded Metallica fan, however, this is a worthy release.

METALLICA Ride the Lightning

Album · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
It's hard to believe how much Metallica's music had matured within a year of their debut album ‘Kill 'Em All’. With plenty of clean guitars and intricate harmonies, this is a band that has grown tighter and stronger as time went by. James Hetfield seems to be more confident as a singer here, and the band all-round seem a lot more comfortable with where they are headed musically. The lyrics are better thought out and the songwriting as a whole is a lot more complex and established than what we heard on their previous record.

Though some of these songs are instant classics, such as ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘Fade to Black’, ‘Creeping Death’ and ‘The Call of Ktulu’, there are still a couple of tracks lingering around to fill up space, in particular, 'Trapped Under Ice' and 'Escape'. A fact shown true by the band themselves, who never play these songs live. And let's be honest here, is there anyone who can actually claim that their favourite Metallica song is ‘Trapped Under Ice’? Didn't think so.

With that said, the odd filler or two do not take away any momentum from the album, which flows smoothly all the way to the end. One of the biggest heavy metal albums of all time, there’s enough diversity here that non-metal fans may even like what they hear.

METALLICA Kill 'em All

Album · 1983 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
Full of energy and pulse-pounding riffs, this is Metallica's debut album with which they changed the heavy metal world back in 1983. Although the songs are a lot more immature than Metallica's later material, both lyrical and musical content, the songs are still great if you're after a straight forward headbanging album from start to finish, with many of these songs still being a major spotlight of any Metallica live set today.

Although some songs are weaker than others, the album as a whole runs smoothly without giving the listener a chance to catch their breath. Metallica classics such as ‘Seek and Destroy’, ‘The Four Horsemen’, ‘Hit the Lights’ and ‘Whiplash’ make this essential for all metal fans.

It won’t be your favourite Metallica album, but your metal collection won’t be complete without it.

METALLICA Until It Sleeps

Single · 1996 · Hard Rock
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martindavey87
This review is only for Part 2 of Metallica's 'Until It Sleeps'.

'Until It Sleeps' is one of the best songs from the 'Load' album, but this disc is pointless. The main track itself is good, and justifies being released as a single. The 'Kill/Ride Medley' is a nice treat, though nothing to shout about, and the sound is pretty rubbish.

But the 'Herman Melville Mix'... why does this even exist? What made Metallica decide that this would be something they'd include on a single? I don't mind a dance remix of a rock song, but this makes me want to lobotomize myself. Imagine a generic techno track with random snippets of James Hetfield circa '95 saying "tear me open" and "until it sleeps"... horrifying!!!

If you're an absolute collector of all things 'Tallica, then I suppose you'll want this in your collection regardless (and you are indeed a hardcore fan if you're willing to go this far). Otherwise avoid this like the plague, and just buy the 'Load' album and save yourself the misery.

Sadly, I'm a collector. So I'm stuck with this. Thanks Herman Melville...

METALLICA Master of Puppets

Album · 1986 · Thrash Metal
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voila_la_scorie
You might be surprised, but I never knew anything about progressive rock or progressive music until 2010. Yes, after 28 years of listening to various kinds of artists I had only ever heard the term “progressive rock” mentioned by Dr. Evil’s son, Scott, in an Austin Powers movie. But once I understood what it meant to play progressive rock or progressive music, I soon thought that Metallica should be included and the album that made me think so was “Master of Puppets”.

I was introduced to Metallica sometime during ‘84/’85 and thought that “Ride the Lightning” was the coolest album I had ever heard since Judas Priest’s “Screaming for Vengeance”. So, when a friend of a friend told me and said friend that the new Metallica album was out and let us listen to the beginning of “Leper Messiah”, I was thrilled and dying to get a hold of the album. In fact, for two weeks until I could purchase my own copy, the main riff to “Leper Messiah” refused to fade from my memory.

“Master of Puppets” was and is such a wonderful step in the evolution and progression of Metallica’s early music. “Kill ‘em All” was delightfully speedy and thrashy with a rawness that was meant to deliver this new development in metal with full intensity. “Ride the Lightning” featured acoustic guitar and a step forward in music complexity. “Master” proved to be not only heavier but more mature and more sophisticated than its predecessors. For me, this is the ultimate Metallica album.

“Battery” told you right from the start that this was “Ride the Lightning” Metallica with the heaviness turned up and all the fury and intensity still faithfully loaded. But it was the stunning title track that exhibited the band’s song-writing skills at their height. The song is masterfully constructed with an intro to blow you out of the water and a riff that should be one of the coolest in 80’s metal. The song cruises rapidly as you’d expect from thrash but with the balls to keep the pace less break neck enough for you to follow the lyrics, which I have always somewhat proudly interpreted as a song warning of the hazards of cocaine use. Hey, when parents in the eighties were constantly on about how heavy metal was turning their kids to drugs, my friend and I (neither of us ever touched anything stronger than cough syrup and only in the recommended doses) were right proud to point out the meaning of the lyrics.

Then there’s this totally unexpected slow down with clean guitar and Kirk Hammett plays this melodic solo that is truly beautiful. A guitarist once told me that the key to great solos was not shredding or blazing through some tricky technique, but rather playing something along with the melody of the song. Hammett establishes a melody on the lead and then solos over where the melody is established to be. In the “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage” movie, Hammett talks about Alex Lifeson’s phrasing on “The Villa Strangiato” and how it impressed him. He certainly learned from it as Hammett pulls off some great melodic solos on this album, the first of the better ones to be heard here on the title track. The song goes on to build in tension and intensity and after a fiery thrash-shred solo, the song returns to the main riff with bludgeoning brutality. It’s an awesome thing. Hammett said of Rush’s “2112” that it took him on a journey. Well, I feel that Metallica accomplished creating a journey here on the song “Master of Puppets”.

“Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” is another song that has its own structure and story in the music. By the end of side one, I feel that Metallica worked hard to create individual songs that could each stand up on their own, and they did so on “Master” better than on “Ride the Lightning”.

“Disposable Heroes”. I was surprised to find out this song is over eight minutes long. Back in the cassette days, we didn’t care about song length so much. You had your three-digit counter that had nothing to do with keeping time. Heck, I didn’t know that “Child in Time” was over eleven minutes or that Pink Floyd’s “Dogs” was over 17 minutes. They were just songs that had in them what they required to be what they were. They were complete as they were and the time length wasn’t a concern for us. So side two opened with another thrasher but in parts that were not just verse/ chorus but actually introduced two contrasting choruses. One sang from the field commander’s perspective as he shouts to the young soldier to get out and die: “Back to the front / You will do what I say when I say / Back to the front / You will die when I say you must die”. The other sang from the remorseless, matter of fact send off of the deceased soldier: “Soldier boy made of clay now an empty shell / 21 only son but he served us well / bred to kill not to care / do just as we say / finished here, greetings Death / he’s yours to take away”. Writing about the waste of life in war is nothing new but metal bands had and have a way of being very cynical, honest, and at times ironic in how they deliver their message about the wastefulness of human life in war.

The song with the unforgettable riff, “Leper Messiah” was next. A funny thing, I was listening to this song on my Walkman for the first time in the dark of one early morning as I delivered newspapers and suddenly I heard the voice counting in the song and it startled me. I froze in my tracks and scanned the darkness, searching for the person who was possibly calling out to me. But it was just the cassette. Man, I still love this song, even though the theme is another fairly common metal target: evangelism that encourages cash for God’s favour. It brings to mind Rainbow’s “Man on the Silver Mountain” at least in lyrical subject.

Then comes the fantastic instrumental, “Orion”. Introduced by a growling organ sound with a drum beat driving along, the music turns heavy with a thunderous riff and then goes thrash. In the middle, it all breaks down to a slow and mysterious segment with an almost sexy guitar solo that could work for a strip tease if it were longer. The music remains melodious with more of that moving lead guitar work. Then a bass solo by that incredible musician who was Cliff Burton. The music returns to its thundering thrash riff again in the last minute.

At last, after such a memorable journey through what surely must be called progressive thrash metal to be understood clearly, we close the album with a bass solo performed by volume dial adjusting and then enter the intense thrash tune that is “Damage Inc.” What a fine way to end the album, bookended by two very heavy and blistering tunes.

I actually had a ticket to see Metallica on the “Master of Puppets” tour but James Hetfield broke his wrist skateboarding and the show was cancelled. Then later they had their tragic bus accident that killed Cliff Burton. When they finally came to Vancouver, Burton was no longer among them, and I couldn’t attend the concert anyway. The next best thing was going to collect the newspaper delivery monthly fee from a customer on my route, who played the drums, and meeting his friend who played guitar. The two of them performed “Master of Puppets” for me, a flawless and jaw-dropping performance, right in the drummer’s living room. As far as I could tell, they totally nailed it. All I knew was the main riff and I couldn’t play it fluidly.

Speaking of drumming, one thing that I have noticed in recent listens is Lars Ulrich’s drumming. The 1980’s had a lot of stale drumming, just a steady 4/4 beat with a drum fill coming in just ahead of the chorus or at the end of a solo. After all the creativity and skill that developed in drumming throughout the sixties and seventies, the eighties seemed to drive it all into flatline. But what I hear on “Master of Puppets” at least is how Ulrich’s drumming is used almost instead of a lead guitar. For example, in the title track or in the rhythmically un-complex “The Thing That Should Not Be”, when the guitars are chugging along steadily and without variation, the drums will add some colour with some well-placed hits on the toms and a cymbal crash. It would be easy to imagine throwing in some lead guitar notes or other effects, but Metallica use the drums to spruce up these parts. This had me playing closer attention to these two songs as I listened to them today and I realized how Ulrich was skipping beats in places only to add a double beat after or some slightly more complicated drum bit. It just struck me as using the drums to more creative effect, in a more progressive approach than a standard song would have.

After 30 years now almost, this album still stands out for me as one of the best examples of a metal album of all time. And one of the things I admire most about it is the high level of musicianship coupled with the advanced thinking toward song structure and melody, something that most thrash bands of the day would not have dared to attempt.

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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