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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 albums / top albums

METALLICA Kill 'em All album cover 3.76 | 170 ratings
Kill 'em All
Thrash Metal 1983
METALLICA Ride the Lightning album cover 4.47 | 209 ratings
Ride the Lightning
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA Master of Puppets album cover 4.54 | 257 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
METALLICA ...And Justice for All album cover 4.32 | 200 ratings
...And Justice for All
Thrash Metal 1988
METALLICA Metallica album cover 3.42 | 165 ratings
Metallica
Heavy Metal 1991
METALLICA Load album cover 2.79 | 120 ratings
Load
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA ReLoad album cover 2.25 | 113 ratings
ReLoad
Heavy Metal 1997
METALLICA Garage Inc. album cover 3.38 | 93 ratings
Garage Inc.
Heavy Metal 1998
METALLICA St. Anger album cover 1.75 | 122 ratings
St. Anger
Thrash Metal 2003
METALLICA Death Magnetic album cover 3.50 | 127 ratings
Death Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2008
METALLICA Lulu (with Lou Reed) album cover 1.60 | 72 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
Heavy Metal 2011
METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct album cover 3.44 | 34 ratings
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Heavy Metal 2016

METALLICA EPs & splits

METALLICA Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP album cover 2.88 | 18 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited album cover 4.10 | 39 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 3.75 | 4 ratings
Hero of the Day EP
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA St. Anger EP album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
St. Anger EP
Thrash Metal 2003
METALLICA The Unnamed Feeling E.P. album cover 2.55 | 7 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Some Kind of Monster album cover 2.71 | 15 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under EP album cover 2.33 | 2 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under Part II album cover 2.50 | 2 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 3.07 | 56 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 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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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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4.33 | 5 ratings
Creeping Death
Thrash Metal 1984
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1985
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3.19 | 4 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
Thrash Metal 1988
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2.83 | 2 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.33 | 2 ratings
One
Thrash Metal 1989
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2.50 | 3 ratings
Enter Sandman
Thrash Metal 1991
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2.17 | 2 ratings
The Unforgiven
Thrash Metal 1991
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
Heavy Metal 1992
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
Thrash Metal 1992
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3.14 | 3 ratings
Sad but True
Thrash Metal 1993
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2.00 | 1 ratings
One (Live)
Heavy Metal 1993
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1.86 | 3 ratings
Until It Sleeps
Heavy Metal 1996
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Hero of the Day
Heavy Metal 1996
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1.00 | 2 ratings
Mama Said
Heavy Metal 1996
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4.00 | 2 ratings
King Nothing
Heavy Metal 1997
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2.14 | 3 ratings
The Memory Remains
Heavy Metal 1997
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1.50 | 1 ratings
The Unforgiven II
Heavy Metal 1998
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3.00 | 1 ratings
Fuel
Heavy Metal 1998
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition
Thrash Metal 1998
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Turn the Page
Heavy Metal 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)
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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2.30 | 7 ratings
Frantic
Thrash Metal 2003
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2.25 | 2 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling
Thrash 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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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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3.08 | 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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2.50 | 1 ratings
Lords of Summer (First Pass Version)
Thrash Metal 2014

METALLICA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.67 | 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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3.93 | 15 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.74 | 24 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
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4.11 | 10 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica
Thrash Metal 2001
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3.57 | 18 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
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3.92 | 9 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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0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica Through The Never
Thrash Metal 2013

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA Load

Album · 1996 · Heavy Metal
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Unitron
I know it's unpopular to love the post-Black Album Metallica releases, but Load shows the band's non-thrash side at it's best. It's true that the country-rock of Mama Said doesn't work, but that's the only weak moment on the whole album. Most of the songs create a great mix of energetic heavy metal and more laidback moments. I remember every song on here, the heavy stomp of King Nothing and Thorn Within, the racing drive of Wasting My Hate, the wandering vibes of Bleeding Me and Until It Sleeps, and the colossal closer of The Outlaw Torn.

It's not even really that much different from it's predecessor, really just with less thrash. If you haven't heard it because of the backlash, give it a try with an open mind.

METALLICA Ride the Lightning

Album · 1984 · Thrash Metal
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Unitron
As much of a masterpiece as Master of Puppets is, Ride the Lightning is the band's greatest work and one of the greatest pieces of music ever recorded. This entire album works like a symphony, opening up with the immortal beauty of the classical guitar and ending with a long instrumental that takes you to another world. This was also the first Metallica album I ever heard, and I was blown away when I first heard the classical guitar run straight into the crushing barrage of machine-gun riffing that is "Fight Fire with Fire" which perfectly flows right into the striking title track.

Fade to Black is one of metal's finest ballads, For Whom the Bell Tolls starts the trend of the band's heavy stomps like The Thing That Should Not Be. Even the less talked about songs like Trapped Under Ice and Escape are fantastic. Can't get much more classic than this.

METALLICA Frantic

Single · 2003 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
I think there’s no denying that 2003’s ‘St. Anger’ is hardly a career highlight for Metallica. While certainly a pivotal moment in the bands history, the album itself is probably more a result of a well-documented time of turmoil for the band, than an actual critical success.

Which brings us to any promotional singles that were released, and there were a few. ‘Frantic’ is arguably one of the better songs from the album, which isn’t really saying too much. Especially as this is standard Metallica fare. The title track, accompanied by two generic live recordings, in the case of CD1 of this two-disc set, ‘Blackened’ and ‘Harvester of Sorrow’. Both original studio recordings are Metallica masterpieces... these live recordings... umm... rather forgettable, really.

Nothing overly special or remarkable, the band sounds quite rusty here, no doubt due to having not toured in a number of years at this point. None-the-less, this doesn’t make for any notable live recordings, which ultimately makes for a rather mundane single release, which finds itself only worth owning for die-hard fans.

METALLICA All Nightmare Long

Single · 2008 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
One of the best tracks from 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’, an album brimming with great songs, ‘All Nightmare Long’ rightfully received a single release and a promotional video, and as is always the case with Metallica, there’s multiple versions and discs.

This one, disc one of a three-disc set, features the titular track, as well as live versions of ‘Wherever I May Roam’ and ‘Master of Puppets’. Two exceptional tracks in themselves, overall, this single release doesn’t really offer anything new, however.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the two live tracks, just that we’ve heard countless different live versions of them by now, that as great as the compositions are, there’s nothing remotely notable about these two recordings in particular. Still, they’re great songs, so whatever. And the title track is amazing, full of twists and turns, with some breakneck speed guitar riffs and Hetfield’s voice sounding the best it has sounded in years. If nothing else, ‘All Nightmare Long’ is a great little nugget for fans and collectors.

METALLICA Kill 'em All

Album · 1983 · Thrash Metal
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Vim Fuego
23 March 1990.

OK, so I’ve used this introduction before, for a different Metallica album, but hey, if I have a record of it, why not? 23 March 1990 was the day I bought “Kill ‘em All” and I became a Metallica completist. Yep. I had all four albums. (The two major E.P.s then in their repertoire followed soon after – “The 5.98 EP – Garage Days Re-Revisited” on 28 March 1990, and “Creeping Death/Jump In The Fire” on 18 June 1990.) In those days, that made me metal as fuck! I didn’t know anyone else with all four albums. Fuck, I only knew two other metal fans...

Anyway, “Kill ‘em All” was and is a primitive thrash metal tour de force. On the whole it hasn’t aged well. It was already sounding dated in 1990. That doesn’t matter. What matters is that it documented some of the earliest beginnings of a brand new genre of metal. Yes, Venom or Overkill or Exodus or Sodom might be older, but this is really the point where thrash became a thing, where people outside of a very small scene started to take note of it. So what’s actually happening here?

Well, it’s like the NWOBHM with a punk rocket up it’s ass. The noisy racket of “Hit The Lights” was Metallica’s first song, and is the perfect high energy song to kick off the album. The main riff is a bit messy and clumsy, as many of the riffs on this album are, but it is electrified by Lars Ulrich’s enthusiastic drumming and Kirk Hammett’s wild leads. James Hetfield shreds his throat with a near hysterical shriek.

“The Four Horsemen” has a more conventional metal riff, which borrows heavily from the likes of Diamond Head or Angel Witch, but it’s actually faster than it sounds. Hammett’s leads wail a bit more than the first track. This track was co-written by Dave Mustaine, and while Metallica’s biblical inspired lyrics are better, Mustaine’s revved up “Mechanix” version is far the superior song.

There are some absolute fucking ragers on this album, and “Motorbreath” is the first of them. This is where the full on punk energy first comes through. This is like a more metallic Motörhead with higher pitched vocals.

While this entire album must be considered a classic, “Jump In The Fire” is a bit of a clunker. The main riff is too long and a bit over-ambitious for a first album. While it’s not a bad song, it just seems plodding and a bit pedestrian in comparison to the rest of the album.

“(Anaesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” was unlike anything I had ever heard before. I didn’t know you could make noises like these with a bass guitar! This is also possibly the most mature, fully developed track on this entire embryonic album. Cliff Burton showed off his wonderful range of skills with this solo track. It’s also the perfect lead-in to the album’s best (to my ears) song...

“Whiplash”! The pounding tom tom intro hints at something massive and menacing, and it fucking delivers! This is a full-on discharge of well... Discharge! Hetfield’s riffing is insanely fast for the time. This would still have to rate as one of Metallica’s faster songs still. As an ode to headbangers, the lyrics are naïve but heartfelt. And this ode gets the hair flying and necks snapping.

“Phantom Lord” is full of youthful enthusiasm and breakneck speed, and some kind of cheesy lyrics, but hey, it was 1983. It’s one of those songs which races along flat out, gets the speed wobbles, but recovers just before disaster strikes.

“No Remorse” has a chunky main riff, and seems like a solid mid-pace stomper. And stomp it does, very well for nearly five minutes. Just when it seems the song is winding down, it kicks up a gear, with the battlecry “attaaaaack!”, and follows with some of the fastest riffing on the album, finishing with a wrist snapping frenzy.

“Seek and Destroy” is one of the stand-out tracks on the album. The main riff is possibly the best on the album, the best mix of It’s a live favourite to this day, and the simple “Searching/Seek and destroy” refrain is a major reason why. Who can resist headbanging and yelling along to this? “And to round this all off, “Metal Militia” is another rager. “Oh through the mist and the madness/We are trying to get the message to you”. We got the message loud and clear.

While not as technically accomplished as the band’s later albums, even though “Ride The Lightning” followed only months later, “Kill ‘em All” blazed the trail. Albums from Anthrax, Slayer, Celtic Frost, Kreator, Voivod, and Metal Church followed soon after, laying the foundations for thrash and extreme metal in general. Without “Kill ‘em All” to lead the way, extreme metal would not be what it is today.

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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"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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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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