METALLICA

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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
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METALLICA albums / top albums

METALLICA Kill 'em All album cover 3.80 | 198 ratings
Kill 'em All
Thrash Metal 1983
METALLICA Ride the Lightning album cover 4.44 | 241 ratings
Ride the Lightning
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA Master of Puppets album cover 4.53 | 296 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
METALLICA ...And Justice for All album cover 4.31 | 230 ratings
...And Justice for All
Thrash Metal 1988
METALLICA Metallica album cover 3.46 | 191 ratings
Metallica
Heavy Metal 1991
METALLICA Load album cover 2.70 | 138 ratings
Load
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA ReLoad album cover 2.28 | 130 ratings
ReLoad
Heavy Metal 1997
METALLICA Garage Inc. album cover 3.43 | 107 ratings
Garage Inc.
Heavy Metal 1998
METALLICA St. Anger album cover 1.83 | 142 ratings
St. Anger
Alternative Metal 2003
METALLICA Death Magnetic album cover 3.50 | 146 ratings
Death Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2008
METALLICA Lulu (with Lou Reed) album cover 1.71 | 87 ratings
Lulu (with Lou Reed)
Heavy Metal 2011
METALLICA Hardwired... to Self-Destruct album cover 3.32 | 57 ratings
Hardwired... to Self-Destruct
Heavy Metal 2016
METALLICA 72 Seasons album cover 2.62 | 19 ratings
72 Seasons
Heavy Metal 2023

METALLICA EPs & splits

METALLICA Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP album cover 3.01 | 21 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire EP
Thrash Metal 1984
METALLICA The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited album cover 4.11 | 47 ratings
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
Thrash Metal 1987
METALLICA Live at Wembley Stadium EP album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium EP
Heavy Metal 1992
METALLICA Hero of the Day EP album cover 3.80 | 6 ratings
Hero of the Day EP
Heavy Metal 1996
METALLICA St. Anger EP album cover 2.83 | 3 ratings
St. Anger EP
Alternative Metal 2003
METALLICA The Unnamed Feeling E.P. album cover 2.79 | 8 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Some Kind of Monster album cover 2.63 | 18 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under EP album cover 2.94 | 5 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Six Feet Down Under Part II album cover 3.06 | 5 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Live at Grimey's album cover 3.35 | 6 ratings
Live at Grimey's
Thrash Metal 2010
METALLICA Beyond Magnetic album cover 3.32 | 27 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2011
METALLICA The Amsterdam Sessions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Amsterdam Sessions
Thrash Metal 2023

METALLICA live albums

METALLICA S&M album cover 3.08 | 66 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
METALLICA Through the Never album cover 3.53 | 11 ratings
Through the Never
Thrash Metal 2013
METALLICA Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Helping Hands... Live & Acoustic At The Masonic
Non-Metal 2019
METALLICA S&M2 album cover 4.55 | 8 ratings
S&M2
Symphonic Metal 2020

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

METALLICA '82 Garage Rehearsal Tape album cover 2.14 | 3 ratings
'82 Garage Rehearsal Tape
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA Power Metal album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Power Metal
Thrash Metal 1982
METALLICA No Life 'Til Leather album cover 3.82 | 7 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 5.00 | 1 ratings
Fifth Member Exclusive Deluxe Box Set Sampler
Thrash Metal 2016
METALLICA WorldWired In Europe: 2017/18 album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
WorldWired In Europe: 2017/18
Thrash Metal 2018
METALLICA Live at Donington '87 (Vinyl Club #1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Donington '87 (Vinyl Club #1)
Thrash Metal 2020
METALLICA Motherload (Vinyl Club #2) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Motherload (Vinyl Club #2)
Heavy Metal 2020
METALLICA Disappear: Leaked and Live (Vinyl Club #3) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Disappear: Leaked and Live (Vinyl Club #3)
Heavy Metal 2021
METALLICA Tribute to Chris Cornell (Vinyl Club #4) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tribute to Chris Cornell (Vinyl Club #4)
Heavy Metal 2021
METALLICA Blackened 2020 (Vinyl Club #5) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blackened 2020 (Vinyl Club #5)
Thrash Metal 2022
METALLICA St. Anger Live Rarities (Vinyl Club #6) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
St. Anger Live Rarities (Vinyl Club #6)
Alternative Metal 2022
METALLICA Live at Bridge School Benefit 1997 (Vinyl Club #7) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live at Bridge School Benefit 1997 (Vinyl Club #7)
Non-Metal 2022
METALLICA Leftovers from the Black Album Box Set (Vinyl Club #8) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Leftovers from the Black Album Box Set (Vinyl Club #8)
Heavy Metal 2023

METALLICA re-issues & compilations

METALLICA The Good, The Bad & The Live: The 6½ Year Anniversary 12 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Good, The Bad & The Live: The 6½ Year Anniversary 12" Collection
Thrash Metal 1990
METALLICA Live Shit: Binge & Purge album cover 4.38 | 31 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 Kill 'em All: Deluxe Edition Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Kill 'em All: Deluxe Edition Box Set
Thrash Metal 2016
METALLICA Ride the Lightning: Deluxe Edition Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ride the Lightning: Deluxe Edition Box Set
Thrash Metal 2016
METALLICA Master of Puppets: Deluxe Edition Box Set album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Master of Puppets: Deluxe Edition Box Set
Thrash Metal 2017
METALLICA ...And Justice for All: Deluxe Edition Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
...And Justice for All: Deluxe Edition Box Set
Thrash Metal 2018
METALLICA Metallica: Deluxe Edition Box Set album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Metallica: Deluxe Edition Box Set
Heavy Metal 2021

METALLICA singles (49)

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4.25 | 2 ratings
Whiplash
Thrash Metal 1983
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3.67 | 3 ratings
Jump in the Fire
Thrash Metal 1984
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4.40 | 6 ratings
Creeping Death
Thrash Metal 1984
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5.00 | 2 ratings
Master of Puppets
Thrash Metal 1986
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3.28 | 5 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
Thrash Metal 1988
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2.93 | 3 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
Thrash Metal 1988
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3.43 | 3 ratings
One
Thrash Metal 1989
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2.83 | 5 ratings
Enter Sandman
Heavy Metal 1991
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2.57 | 3 ratings
The Unforgiven
Heavy Metal 1991
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5.00 | 1 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.38 | 4 ratings
Sad but True
Heavy Metal 1993
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2.50 | 2 ratings
One (Live)
Thrash Metal 1993
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2.25 | 4 ratings
Until It Sleeps
Hard Rock 1996
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4.00 | 3 ratings
Hero of the Day
Hard Rock 1996
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2.33 | 3 ratings
Mama Said
Hard Rock 1996
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4.33 | 3 ratings
King Nothing
Heavy Metal 1997
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2.56 | 5 ratings
The Memory Remains
Heavy Metal 1997
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3.25 | 2 ratings
The Unforgiven II
Hard Rock 1998
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4.00 | 2 ratings
Fuel
Heavy Metal 1998
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition
Thrash Metal 1998
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4.33 | 3 ratings
Turn the Page
Hard Rock 1998
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4.25 | 2 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
Heavy Metal 1999
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Die, Die My Darling
Heavy Metal 1999
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3.08 | 2 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
Symphonic Metal 1999
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0.00 | 0 ratings
No Leaf Clover
Symphonic Metal 2000
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1.88 | 4 ratings
I Disappear
Hard Rock 2000
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3.67 | 3 ratings
St. Anger
Alternative Metal 2003
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2.38 | 8 ratings
Frantic
Alternative Metal 2003
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2.25 | 2 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling
Alternative Metal 2004
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1.69 | 4 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.93 | 3 ratings
My Apocalypse
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.00 | 2 ratings
Cyanide
Thrash Metal 2008
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1.00 | 1 ratings
The Judas Kiss
Thrash Metal 2008
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3.08 | 2 ratings
All Nightmare Long
Thrash Metal 2008
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2.50 | 2 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
Thrash Metal 2009
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1.88 | 4 ratings
The View (with Lou Reed)
Heavy Metal 2011
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0.00 | 0 ratings
One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)
Thrash Metal 2014
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3.50 | 2 ratings
Lords of Summer (First Pass Version)
Thrash Metal 2014
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Hardwired
Thrash Metal 2016
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4.50 | 1 ratings
Moth Into Flame
Thrash Metal 2016
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4.00 | 1 ratings
Atlas, Rise!
Thrash Metal 2016
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Now That We're Dead
Heavy Metal 2017
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0.00 | 0 ratings
Spit Out the Bone
Thrash Metal 2017
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2.50 | 1 ratings
Blackened 2020
Thrash Metal 2020
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3.75 | 2 ratings
Lux Æterna
Thrash Metal 2022
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Screaming Suicide
Thrash Metal 2023
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3.50 | 1 ratings
If Darkness Had a Son
Thrash Metal 2023
.. Album Cover
3.50 | 1 ratings
72 Seasons
Thrash Metal 2023

METALLICA movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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3.69 | 23 ratings
Cliff 'Em All!
Thrash Metal 1987
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2.69 | 9 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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4.04 | 12 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica
Heavy Metal 1992
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3.98 | 17 ratings
Cunning Stunts
Thrash Metal 1998
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3.78 | 27 ratings
S&M
Symphonic Metal 1999
.. Album Cover
3.88 | 11 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica
Thrash Metal 2001
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3.50 | 20 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
Thrash Metal 2004
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3.75 | 11 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
Thrash Metal 2006
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3.47 | 9 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
Thrash Metal 2009
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4.05 | 11 ratings
Orgullo, Pasión y Gloria: Tres Noches En La Ciudad de México
Thrash Metal 2009
.. Album Cover
4.02 | 13 ratings
The Big 4: Live from Sofia, Bulgaria
Thrash Metal 2010
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3.67 | 6 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
Thrash Metal 2012
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3.60 | 5 ratings
Metallica Through The Never
Thrash Metal 2013
.. Album Cover
4.00 | 1 ratings
S&M2
Symphonic Metal 2020

METALLICA Reviews

METALLICA No Life 'Til Leather

Demo · 1982 · Thrash Metal
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UMUR
"No Life 'til Leather" is the first demo recording by US, California based thrash metal act Metallica. The demo was independently released in July 1982. It´s not actually the first demo recording by Metallica, but it´s the first demo by the band which was recorded at a professional recording studio and which was widely distributed. At this point the band consisted of James Hetfield (lead vocals, guitars), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (guitars), and Ron McGovney (bass). Some of the latter cassette tape copies credit Cliff Burton for recording the bass, but Burton didn´t replace McGovney until after the recording sessions for "No Life 'til Leather".

"No Life 'til Leather" features seven tracks and a total playing time of 29:41 minutes. All tracks would be re-recorded and included on Metallica´s July 1983 debut full-length studio album "Kill 'Em All", although the Dave Mustaine penned "The Mechanix" was re-arranged and re-titled "The Four Horsemen". Some of the tracks appear in early and quite rough versions and especially James Hetfield´s vocals changed significantly between this demo and "Kill 'Em All". On "No Life 'til Leather" he audibly lacks confidence in his voice and he´s also obviously very young and not a natural singer, which makes for a few odd strained vocal moments. It´s a minor issue though as the raw energy and fiercely aggressive playing make up for that.

The demo features a well sounding production job, considering that it´s a demo release, and it´s no wonder that labels began to show interest in signing Metallica when they heard "No Life 'til Leather". Metallica can rightly be proud of what they produced here and upon conclusion "No Life 'til Leather" is a good quality demo from Metallica and a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

METALLICA Some Kind of Monster

EP · 2004 · Thrash Metal
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martindavey87
‘Some Kind of Monster’ is an EP released by Metallica in 2004 to coincide with the release of their documentary movie of the same name. Originally appearing on 2003’s ‘St. Anger’, an album we’re all familiar with for the wrong reasons, it’s an okay song, but, like a lot of the tracks on that release, it’s quite long, and can tend to drag at times.

But never mind, because we’re also treated to six live tracks that… wait… hold on… these are the same live tracks that appeared on the ‘Unnamed Feeling EP’ which came out seven months earlier!

Okay, so thanks for that Metallica! So basically nothing new here, other than the edited version of ‘Monster’. Pretty sure I could cope without that.

Overall, a pretty pointless EP, which as I said, was only there to tie-in with the movie. They could have at least given us some different live tracks, but ah well. Collectors like me will still snap this up anyway.

METALLICA 72 Seasons

Album · 2023 · Heavy Metal
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UMUR
"72 Seasons" is the eleventh full-length studio album by US heavy/thrash metal act Metallica (not counting "Lulu (2011)", which is a collaboration album with Lou Reed, and therefore shouldn´t be considered a Metallica album). The album was released through Blackened Recordings in April 2023. It´s the successor to "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" from November 2016.

Stylistically Metallica pretty much continue the heavy metal style of "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct", although they also add the occasional thrash/speed metal part to their music. The music is centered around heavy hard rocking riffs and rhythms, Kirk Hammet´s wha-wha effect laden blues rock influenced guitar solos, and James Hetfield´s distinct sounding commanding vocals. It´s the sound of a Metallica with nothing to prove and completely at ease with what they´re doing. There´s a mature confidence in the way the songs are constructed and the way they are performed, only a seasoned act like Metallica can produce. That unfortunately also means that some tracks are a bit too safe and predictable, and could rightly be called filler material, but "72 Seasons" is predominantly a good quality release.

Featuring 77:10 minutes of music "72 Seasons" is a very long album, and had the most unremarkable material been cut, it would arguably have made for a more intense and consistent quality release. Highlights include the opening title tracks, first single "Lux Æterna", and the closing 11:10 minutes long stoner metal/doom metal influenced "Inamorata". The latter is probably the only song on the album, where Metallica try something a bit different and I´d say it´s THE standout track on the album.

"72 Seasons" features a sound production which is powerful, organic, and detailed. It´s a sound production, which suits the material well and again it´s a feature of "72 Seasons", which is relatively similar to how "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" sounded. Compared to some of their most successful releases from the 90s, the sound production on "72 Seasons" is more stripped-down, simple, and organic. It works relatively well on most of the material, but the slightly faster tracks could have prospered from a more sharp sounding production.

Upon conclusion Metallica have created another good quality late career release (like they´ve done a few times post-2000). It won´t surprise you, and it won´t dethrone your favorites from the 80s/90s, but it´s a release which shows that Metallica still have a little fuel left in the tank. As mentioned above I think it would have been a stronger release, had some of the fat been trimmed and the playing time been shorter, but I´m sure the hardcore fans won´t complain. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

METALLICA 72 Seasons

Album · 2023 · Heavy Metal
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Art is subjective. One person’s Mona Lisa is another person’s 500-year-old moody Italian moaner. And the value of art is what someone is willing to pay for it, whether the cost be tangible like money or trade, or something more abstract, like time and attention. Over the years I, like many other fans, have expended a huge amount on Metallica’s art, because I really enjoyed what they were creating.

On my shelf right now there are 25 Metallica CDs, at least eight of which are replacements for wobbly and worn cassettes. There are also three tribute albums. There is a box set in an imitation road case which contains three VHS video tapes and two CDs, along with some other paraphernalia, and is the single largest album release I have ever bought. I have owned at least four other VHS videos, and also have two DVDs. There is a PlayStation 2 game alongside the DVDs. Also on the shelf there are three volumes of Metallica biographies, or perhaps four if you want to count Dave Mustaine’s book. I have owned at least six Metallica t-shirts, along with assorted other bits and pieces like patches, pendants, coffee mugs, and keyrings. I have dozens upon dozens of metal magazines which feature Metallica. The only time I have ever climbed on a plane to see a band was to see Metallica in 1998, going into debt at a time when I was only partially employed. And these are mostly just the material things. Calculate a guess at the time and attention, and then double your estimation and you might arrive at a more accurate figure.

The biggest problem with writing a review is that it means listening to “72 Seasons” again, and it just seems like a chore.

The title track is a good start, but these days there always seems to be something wrong with even the most promising Metallica songs. On this track it feels too clean. It’s like the sharp edges which used to make Metallica such a thrilling band to listen to have been filed off or wrapped in thick over-produced foam rubber.

And then onto “Shadows Follow”. And it sounds exactly the same – same tempo, same “Load/ReLoad” rehashed riffs, same fat, fuzzy, friendly tones. These songs are neutered golden retrievers curled up at your feet wanting a pat, where once they would have been rabid snapping mongrels threatening to rip your throat out.

“Screaming Suicide” brings in Kirk’s famed wah pedal as an attempt at adding some colour, but once again it sounds recycled, and is safe paint-by-numbers metal.

“Sleepwalk My Life Away” and “You Must Burn!” are thoroughly unremarkable, and suffer greatly from sounding too similar. This is utter mediocrity. There is nothing risky or adventurous here at all. There’s no chance of a hurdy gurdy a la “Low Man’s Lyric”. Marianne Faithful isn’t going to pop up to mournfully wail that no one cares about her any more. Fuck, there’s not even any chance of a crusty old man like Lou Reed channelling a teenage girl in the weirdest and creepiest way possible, and not just because Reed is dead. Even an annoying pinging snare drum from 2003 would add a shadow of something interesting here.

“Lux Æterna” has been cited as a return to the thrash metal days of old. Yes, it’s played at a higher tempo than the rest of the album, and is easily the shortest song on the album. It’s got a scream-along refrain which would probably go off in a live situation. However, cast a critical eye over it and see where it would have fitted in Metallica’s back catalogue and you’ll spot the problem. It’s not replacing any song anywhere on the first four albums. The style wouldn’t have suited any of the 90s albums. It might have squeezed in a spot somewhere on “St. Anger”, but it’s not making the cut for “Death Magnetic”, unless it’s a Japan-only bonus track or a B-side. See the problem? It only seems like a late model thrash Ferrari because it’s surrounded by so many characterless Toyota Corollas.

“If Darkness Had A Son” has an interesting enough groove, but being merely interesting means it’s ultimately forgettable and disposable like most of this album. Besides, Rob Halford and Fight were being far more inventive and edgy with this style of groove back in 1993.

The final track “Inamorata” (a female lover, in case you were wondering about the word’s meaning) is a microcosm of the whole album - it’s too long and would have benefitted greatly from some critical editing, it’s all been done better before, and it’s just too safe and lacking in inspiration to remain memorable or vital.

Remember the first time you were struck by the violence of “Battery” followed by the pummelling of “Master of Puppets”. Remember laughing out loud at the audacity of the “Anaesthesia (Pulling Teeth)” bass solo, which then segued into the breakneck “Whiplash”. Remember the tingle up your spine the first time you heard “Creeping Death’s” ‘die, die, die’ chant. Remember the aural assault when “Dyer’s Eve” first blasted in at the end of “To Live Is To Die”. These were the moments which made Metallica such an amazing band, and these moments created lifetime fans. Keep a firm hold of those memories, because there is not even the slightest spark on “72 Seasons” to ignite a life-long flame of fandom.

I’m no longer interested in expending anything on new music from Metallica, either concrete or ethereal. Millions still will, and that’s their choice, but this art no longer holds any value to me.

METALLICA 72 Seasons

Album · 2023 · Heavy Metal
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Kingcrimsonprog
I am almost reticent to review Metallica albums. No other band is as singularly important to the genre’s fans, but nor is any so polarising. It is hard to find many honest, thought out and truthful reviews of the band, amidst the tide of “they can do no wrong, they are gods,” “this is the best album since 1990,” “they used to be good but they’ve sucked since they cut their hair” and “they are the worst band ever, so overrated, this is the worst garbage ever.”

Even the most respected and intelligent reviewers, both in print and online, seem to get bogged down in the same Metallica review tropes over and over again - and I don’t know about you, but I am getting very put off by the endless discussion of eyeliner in the '90s, trashcan snare-drum sound and no-solos on St. Anger, dodgy mixing/mastering on Death Magnetic, calling Lou Reed “Grandpa Simpson” on Lulu, jokes about money/wah-wah pedals/Napster, calling Lars and Kirk bad at their instruments and basically all the same repetitive insults being brought up every time Metallica does anything at all. Don’t get me wrong, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I think it is absolutely 100% fair to say that they’ve struggled to have a good production sound over the years, that their albums are usually too long for the relative amount of ideas, and they have made some questionable creative decisions that not all of the core fanbase approve of. But the sheer volume and extensive hyperbole blowing things so far out of proportion is getting so tiring that reading about Metallica has become a rather unpleasant experience over the years.

So that all being said and out of the way… 72 Seasons is the new Metallica album from 2023, their eleventh canonical studio album, third with Rob Trujillo on bass, third with Greg Fidelman involved in the production, and second on Blackened Recordings. It is neither their best album, their worst album, or anything else particular useful for a good soundbite. It has its strengths and its weaknesses. The hardest part about listening to, or trying to appreciate, or be objective about any Metallica album since 1990 is the uncanny valley in your own mind between the album you think they should have made, versus the album they actually chose to make, and all the seemingly wasted potential that this thought process highlights.

There are many positives to this album - lots of great little bits that will make you smile, a few songs many fans would probably like to see in the live set, and some strong guitar solos. Even the lyrics seem a little bit improved. However, it is not without some faults. As stated above, it will be no surprise to learn that the album also features a lot of the same flaws as every Metallica album since St. Anger, in as much as the band seem to be poor at self-editing, and don’t always know how/when to end a song and how much is enough repetition of a particular part. The album is 77 minutes long, just as the previous was, and just like its predecessor – it is quite arguable that not all 77 of those minutes are utterly necessary and the overall experience and quality would have been higher had someone taken a more discerning approach to serving the songs. This is just my personal taste – but I feel like if Metallica were given a 55-minute limit, this would make all of their albums better.

However, it is welcome that after so many years of unpalatable creative decisions and production jobs, this album, like its predecessor is well performed, sounds “normal” and follows the stylistic and creative directions Metallica are best at, rather than diverging too far into territories they aren’t as strong at. In short, with the exception of the length – Metallica appear to have written the exact album that all the magazines and websites have been saying they (and by implication we) wanted. I for one am quite pleased about that (even if very frustratingly, all the contrarians online are now having the gall to complain about that very fact and decry a lack of diversity and progression – you just can’t win with some people!).

Stylistically, as with its predecessors Death Magnetic and Hardwired… To Self Destruct, the musical direction incorporates large sections of ‘80s style Thrash Metal, with bits of the more melodic and groovy material they made in the ‘90s, and some of the bounce and unpolished feel they developed on the critically panned St. Anger album (although that particular bit has lessened with each album since then). For the most part we get similar material to the best parts of the last two Metallica records, opener “72 seasons” is a lengthy Thrasher, just as the opener to Death Magnetic was (and the closer to Hardwired was). There is a short, quick nostalgia Thrash tune (just like the title track to Hardwired was, and album closer to Death Magnetic was). There are some mid paced songs, often with rolling floor toms, that evoke bits of The Black Album (in a similar way to “Now That We’re All Dead” and “Here Comes Revenge” were from the previous record, or “Broken, Beaten, Scarred” from Death Magnetic was). A few songs towards the back half of the record have some slightly Load/Reload era vocals, just like “The Day That Never Comes” did, or several songs on the second disc of Hardwired.

I don’t think it would be too unfair to call this album a continuation and natural evolution of what Hardwired was. Hardwired was flawed in that some songs on it really didn’t fit and probably should have been kept off for B-sides, and there was one track which I genuinely dislike and wish was never included at all (“Murder One”) – however the highs were very high, in that tracks like “Spit Out The Bone,” in particular, but also “Moth Into Flame,” “Atlas Rise” and a few others are genuinely some of my favourite Metallica songs, period, no qualification. 72 Seasons differs slightly in that no individual song is quite as magic, memorable or instantaneously “classic quality” as the very best moments of Hardwired, but neither is any song out of place, boring, or poor quality. A much more even listening experience overall. I am not sure what is better; 77 good minutes? or a mixture of 30 great minutes, some good minutes, some ok and some poor minutes?

Highlights for me so far are "Chasing Light" which sounds like a mixture of all the different styles mentioned above, as well as the catchy "Too Far Gone?" (great chorus!) and "Room Of Mirrors" (great guitars!). I also really like the title track in principal for its style, although it could use a bit of a trim in the editing room if I am being honest.  

It does seem like a bit of a grower, and gets better with each listen, but it doesn’t have any moment I would call absolutely essential. It is another Metallica album. A good one, throughout, but not a truly great one. To summarise the whole review: Its exactly the right style, sound and production – it picks up where the last ones left off and gives more of the same, (only more cohesive and consistent throughout, however with less of the magic of the absolute best tracks from them). I doubt in 20 years time it will be many people’s favourite Metallica album, but it won’t go down in history as a mistake either.

METALLICA Movies Reviews

METALLICA Some Kind of Monster

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

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

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

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

METALLICA Classic Albums: Metallica - Metallica

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

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

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

METALLICA The Videos 1989-2004

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

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

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