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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 | 164 ratings
Kill 'em All
Thrash Metal 1983
.. Album Cover 4.46 | 199 ratings
Ride the Lightning
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 4.61 | 246 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
.. Album Cover 4.32 | 190 ratings
...And Justice for All
Thrash Metal 1988
.. Album Cover 3.44 | 159 ratings
Metallica
Traditional heavy metal 1991
.. Album Cover 2.79 | 116 ratings
Load
Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 2.34 | 109 ratings
ReLoad
Traditional heavy metal 1997
.. Album Cover 3.40 | 89 ratings
Garage Inc.
Traditional heavy metal 1998
.. Album Cover 1.80 | 118 ratings
St. Anger
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 3.46 | 123 ratings
Death Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2008
.. Album Cover 1.58 | 67 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
Traditional heavy metal 2011
.. Album Cover 3.63 | 29 ratings
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Traditional heavy metal 2016

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.. Album Cover 3.08 | 18 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP
Thrash Metal 1984
.. Album Cover 3.89 | 37 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 | 4 ratings
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Traditional heavy metal 1996
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
St. Anger EP
Thrash Metal 2003
.. Album Cover 2.13 | 7 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 3.46 | 20 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 3.27 | 52 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
By Request: Lima, Peru - March 20, 2014
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
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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
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.. 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: Montreal, Canada - August 9, 2014
Thrash Metal 2014

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.. 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 4.93 | 5 ratings
No Life 'Til Leather
Thrash Metal 1982
.. Album Cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Live Metal Up Your Ass
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
Fan Can 1
Thrash Metal 1996
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 2
Thrash Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 3
Traditional heavy metal 1998
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Garage Remains the Same
Thrash Metal 2000
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Fan Can 4
Thrash Metal 2001
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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
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Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Thrash Metal 1993
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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 | 2 ratings
Jump in the Fire
Thrash Metal 1984
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4.09 | 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 | 4 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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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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2.54 | 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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1.00 | 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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3.86 | 2 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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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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One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)
Thrash Metal 2014
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Lords of Summer (First Pass Version)
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.73 | 20 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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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 | 15 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.46 | 23 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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3.56 | 9 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
Thrash Metal 2006
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3.39 | 7 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.34 | 9 ratings
Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.34 | 10 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010
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3.71 | 5 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2012
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica Through The Never
Thrash Metal 2013

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA Beyond Magnetic

EP · 2011 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
Jokingly considered an apology to fans for the 'Lulu' album, which saw the band team up with Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed (to absolutely dismal reviews), 'Beyond Magnetic' is an EP consisting of leftovers from the 'Death Magnetic' recording sessions. Somewhat viewed by fans as the band trying to compensate for what was such a poorly-received release, sadly, 'Beyond Magnetic' isn't much better.

Everything about the four tracks featured seems so lifeless and "just there". It feels like the band are trying to be progressive, but the long, drawn out songs just don't favour them like they did in the 80's, and does more to emphasize their weaknesses as musicians than their strengths as songwriters. None of the riffs fit together and they all seem so disjointed, none of them flowing organically.

Three of the songs hit the seven-minute mark, while one of them staggers on to eight minutes, and it's just too much. They all drag with not enough interesting ideas to justify such long durations.

While 'Death Magnetic' is a great album, one of my major criticisms is the length, with each song in need of some serious cropping. However, it's all a moot point here, as no amount of cutting and editing could make these decent songs, and it's no surprise they weren't included on the record. If I had to be generous and find something positive to say, 'Just a Bullet Away' is a catchy track, though also suffers from jarring riff-changes and a tiresome duration.

Overall, this release is dirt cheap and easy to get hold of, but is only really worth the effort if you're a fan who needs to own everything.

METALLICA Ride the Lightning

Album · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
In the most famous of Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea’s paradoxes, the great hero Achilles raced a tortoise, who we shall call Trevor. Being a cocky bastard, Achilles gave Trevor a huge head start, figuring he would overtake him quicker than Zeus could zap a smart arsed atheist. So off they went. Achilles arrived at where Trevor had started, but of course the tortoise had moved. So quick as a flash, Achilles reached the point where Trevor had moved to, but the bugger had moved on again, so, Achilles kept on running. Each time Achilles caught up to where Trevor had been, Trevor had moved.

After a few hours of covering ever decreasing fractions, Achilles still hadn’t caught up and had pulled his Achilles. Trevor turned around and gave the limping and confused Achilles the finger, and carried on his paradoxical way, looking forward to going to the pub and telling all his tortoise mates how he’d beaten the mighty Achilles, and given philosophers and mathematicians alike a thumping headache. Unfortunately for Trevor, an eagle called Aetós thought Trevor looked tasty, swooped down and picked him up. Eagles aren’t particularly bright, but even they know a tortoise is a bit hard on the beak, so Aetós dropped Trevor on what he thought was a rock, but turned out to be the bald head of Aeschylus the playwright, killing him instantly, and allowing Trevor to escape uneaten.

And that is how Trevor the tortoise fucked philosophy, mathematics, literature, mythology, and an eagle all in one day.

If you remember back the the beginning of the story though, this is supposed to be about Metallica’s “Ride The Lightning”, and you may be wondering what the fuck a bunch of Greeks and a lucky bastard of a tortoise from two and a half millennia ago have to do with a 1984 thrash metal album. It may seem an incredibly long bow to draw, but just imagine Trevor is Metallica, Achilles is every other metal band in the world, and “Ride The Lightning” is the proof of the paradox in question. The crux of the matter is, just when other bands thought they were catching up with Metallica, Metallica had moved on to another level. No matter how far or fast those other bands moved, Metallica was still in front, even if by just a fraction.

Doing a detailed song by song analysis of “Ride the Lightning” is a bit pointless, because it’s so well known by metal fans, and if you’re not a fan, you’re probably not going to bother listening to it anyway. So instead, here’s a superficial analysis.

1. “Fight Fire With Fire” is about nuclear war, and there are claims it was the fastest thrash metal song in the world at the time. It could well have been, but there were a few underground bands playing faster in pure beats-per-minute. “Fight Fire With Fire” is a shitload better than any of those.

2. “Ride The Lightning” is about someone facing the electric chair, a little like the condemned man facing the gallows in Iron Maiden’s “Hallowed Be Thy Name”. It’s a place not to be.

3. “For Whom The Bell Tolls” is based on Ernest Hemmingway’s Spanish Civil War novel of the same title. It’s a fucking good read. Also, Cliff Burton played the intro on his bass, which is awesome.

4. The suicide note song “Fade To Black” was Metallica’s first shot at a power ballad, and they got it spot on. It showed power ballads could remain powerful (see that, Motley Crüe, Tesla, Poison, Extreme, etc?) It laid the foundation for subsequent power ballads like “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)”, “One” and “The Day That Never Comes”.

5. “Trapped Under Ice” is about awakening from a state of cryonic suspension. It was the first song on side two, when such a thing actually meant something.

6. This album is seven masterpieces, and “Escape”. It’s James Hetfield’s least favourite Metallica song. Given that the band have produced numerous musical atrocities among their bounty of metallic and hard rocking diamonds, that is saying something.

7. “Creeping Death” was inspired by the plague of the death of the firstborn, from Exodus 12:29, for those of a biblical bent. Coincidentally, the famous “Die” chant was written by Kirk Hammett while he was still in Exodus.

8. The title "The Call of Ktulu" was inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s Chthulu, but the different spelling made pronunciation easier. The reworking of this classical influenced song was the only good track on S&M, and deservedly won a Grammy in 1999.

So yeah... “Ride The Lightning” redefined what thrash metal was, is, and could be. Metallica bettered it once, or perhaps twice, depending on how you view subsequent albums. Every other band in the genre since has either tried, and failed, to match it, or seen sense and realised they couldn’t.

METALLICA S&M

Live album · 1999 · Symphonic Metal
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martindavey87
When it was first revealed that Metallica's next endeavor would involve playing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, I can only imagine the disgust and doubt that crept into the minds of fans. After the divisive 'Load' and 'Reload' albums, and the covers album 'Garage Inc.' (none of which were likely to convert anyone), most people must have thought Metallica had lost their minds to consider playing with an orchestral ensemble.

Thankfully, Metallica proved them all wrong.

This album is great! Not only does it highlight the progressive elements in Metallica's music, but also how adaptable it can be to other genres. It's really hard to visualize what Metallica's music would sound like with a symphony backing it, but the orchestra, conducted by world-renowned Michael Kamen, take the band's songs and make their own arrangements and compositions from them, blending the two with ease to create an all-out attack on the senses.

Featuring pretty much all of their big hits, the band come across as stronger than ever. The musicianship is of a high standard, and some would argue that James Hetfield's vocals are at their absolute peak. And two new songs, '-Human' and 'No Leaf Clover', show that, at a time when the band leaned more towards hard rock than metal, they could still go toe-to-toe with some of the heaviest bands the genre has to offer.

I don't really have any major complaints with 'S&M', although, if I can indulge in a bit of nitpicking (everyone's a critic at heart), there are one or two songs I'd have maybe left out in place of an alternative. For example, 'The Thing That Should Not Be' does nothing for me, and where the hell is 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'?! Still, all the classics are here, with songs like 'Master of Puppets', 'Battery', 'One' and 'Bleeding Me' never sounding heavier.

In all honestly however, I've never really been too big on live albums, preferring the crisp and polished production of a studio recording, so this being a studio album would have been a huge plus for me. But still, it's fantastic none-the-less, and definitely as essential to any music collection as the bands earlier output.

METALLICA Lulu (with Lou Reed)

Album · 2011 · Traditional heavy metal
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mlkpad14
Overall, LuLu is a good experimental album.

It has some drawbacks: it doesn't flow good, and I don't think Lou Reed's voice really fits with the instrumentals.

I love both Metallica and Lou Reed.

Metallica have always been ridiculed for their new material. St. Anger is one of my favorite albums of all time, and yet no one could stand their sound on that album. Metallica's new album is also awesome, yet people look down on it just because "the old stuff is better".

Lou Reed is an old rock n' roller, and a true 70s experimentalist. He has a real great voice; he's so talented with words. The Velvet Underground were groundbreaking when they came out - they are still a real treat.

Put that together... these artists were having fun. Atonal pieces are hard to get into; this one wasn't done the best either. Still good, though... Why all the hate?

METALLICA Death Magnetic

Album · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
There was 'Load' and 'Reload' that massively divided fans, there was a covers album, and a live album that featured an orchestra. Their bassist left, and their supposed big "comeback album" ending up being a critical flop. To make matters worse, they released a DVD which did nothing but portray the world's biggest rock stars as petulant children. It'd certainly been a tough decade Metallica.

But all of that was about to change.

Deciding to finally go "back to their roots", Metallica released 'Death Magnetic' in 2008, which sees the band bringing back their thrash-inspired sound not heard in 20 years. And it kicks all the critics square in the face, firmly establishing that despite their age and everything they'd done over the last decade, Metallica were still the kings of metal (Sorry, Manowar).

While 2003's 'St. Anger' had its faults (I don't mind that album, for the record), it was definitely a step in the right direction in terms of Metallica returning to the metal sound that made them famous in the first place. But every cringe-inducing problem that record may have had has been rectified ten times over with this release. The riffs are heavier and more complex than before. The guitar solos are back. The lyrics are more inspiring, and James Hetfield's voice sounds much, much better than it has done in a long time. Even Lars Ulrich's fairly simplistic drumming is more intense than anything he'd done on the previous album.

Metallica are back, baby!

The production on this record is far from perfect, but it's certainly beefier than it was on 'St. Anger', and despite the mix levels being a bit off, at least the drums sound like drums again!

The songwriting harkens back to the days of 1988's '...And Justice For All', with a return to intricately structured ten-minute songs. And although a lot of them are full of energy and complex musicianship, this is mostly the only major detriment to this release, because towards the end the album really does feel like it's dragging a bit. As awesome as the songs are (and indeed, they are!), each one of them could have benefitted by a minute or two being cropped off. Aw well...

'That Was Just Your Life', 'Broken, Beat & Scarred', 'The Day That Never Comes', 'All Nightmare Long' and 'The Judas Kiss' all demonstrate that despite all the years and everything this band have been through, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank.

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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