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Metallica

Metallica were easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s and '90s. Responsible for bringing the genre back to Earth, the bandmates looked and talked like they were from the street, shunning the usual rock star games of metal musicians during the mid-'80s pop-metal renaissance. Metallica also expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions. The release of 1983's Kill 'Em All marked the beginning of the legitimization of heavy metal's underground, bringing new complexity and depth to thrash metal. With each album, the band's playing and writing improved; James Hetfield developed a signature rhythm playing that matched his growl, while lead guitarist Kirk Hammett became one of the most copied guitarists in metal. To complete the package, Lars Ulrich's thunderous (yet complex) drumming clicked in perfectly with Cliff Burton's innovative bass playing.

After releasing their masterpiece Master of Puppets in 1986, tragedy struck the band when their tour bus crashed while traveling in Sweden. Burton died in the accident. When the band decided to continue, Jason Newsted was chosen to replace Burton; two years later, the band released the conceptually ambitious ...And Justice for All, which hit the Top Ten without any radio play and very little support from MTV. But Metallica completely crossed over into the mainstream with 1991's Metallica, a self-titled effort that found the band trading in its long compositions for more concise song structures. Peppered with hits like "Wherever I May Roam" and "Enter Sandman," it resulted in a number one album that sold over seven million copies in the U.S. alone. To support the record, Metallica launched a long tour that kept the musicians on the road for nearly two years.

By the '90s, Metallica had changed the rules for all heavy metal bands; they were the leaders of the genre, respected not only by headbangers, but by mainstream record buyers and critics. No other heavy metal band has ever been able to pull off such a feat. However, the group lost a portion of its core audience with its long-awaited follow-up to Metallica, 1996's Load. The album moved the band toward alternative rock in terms of image -- the bandmembers cut their hair and had their picture taken by Anton Corbijn. Although the album was a hit upon its summer release, entering the charts at number one and selling three million copies within two months, certain members of the Metallica fan base complained about the shift in image, as well as the group's decision to headline the sixth Lollapalooza. Re-Load, which combined new material with songs left off the original Load record, appeared in 1997; despite poor reviews, it sold at a typically brisk pace and spun off several successful singles, including "Fuel" and "The Memory Remains." Garage Inc., a double-disc collection of B-sides, rarities, and newly recorded covers, followed in 1998. Metallica's take on Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" helped maintain their presence in the charts, and the band continued its flood of product with 1999's S&M, which documented a live concert with the San Francisco Symphony. It debuted at number two, reconfirming the group's immense popularity.

Metallica spent most of 2000 embroiled in controversy by spearheading a legal assault against Napster, a file-sharing service that allowed users to download music files from each other's computers. Aggressively targeting copyright infringement of their own material, Metallica notoriously had over 300,000 users kicked off the service, creating a widespread debate over the availability of digital music that raged for most of the year. In January 2001, bassist Jason Newsted announced his amicable departure from the band. Shortly after the band appeared at the ESPN Awards in April of the same year, Hetfield, Hammett, and Ulrich entered the recording studio to begin work on their next album, with producer Bob Rock lined up to handle bass duties for the sessions (meanwhile, rumors swirled of former Ozzy Osbourne/Alice in Chains bassist Mike Inez being considered for the vacated position). In July, Metallica surprisingly dropped their lawsuit against Napster, perhaps sensing that their controversial stance did more harm than good to their "band of the people" image. That same summer, the band's recording sessions (and all other band-related matters) were put on hold as Hetfield entered an undisclosed rehab facility for alcoholism and other addictions. He completed treatment and rejoined Metallica as they headed back into the studio in 2002 to record St. Anger, which was released in mid-2003.

The recording of St. Anger was capped with the search for a permanent replacement for Newsted. After a long audition process, former Ozzy Osbourne/Suicidal Tendencies bass player Robert Trujillo was selected and joined Metallica for their 2003-2004 world tour. The growing pains that the band experienced during the recording of St. Anger were captured in the celebrated documentary Some Kind of Monster, which saw theatrical release in 2004. Four years later, the band returned with Death Magnetic, an energized album that returned the band to its early-'80s roots. Former Slayer producer Rick Rubin helmed the album, having replaced the band's longtime producer Bob Rock, while Kirk Hammett (who was forbidden to play guitar solos on St. Anger) peppered the record with metallic riffs and frenetic solos.

Death Magnetic spent three weeks at number one on the Billboard charts and the group supported it with an extensive international tour that included a festival gig with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica closed out their Warner contract with Death Magnetic -- outtakes from the sessions appeared as the Beyond Magnetic EP in late 2011 -- and while they were exploring their options, they struck up a collaboration with Lou Reed, releasing the ambitious, arty Lulu in the fall of 2011. In 2012 Metallica launched their own label, Blackened, which would be distributed by Universal; then, the following year, they announced the release of their second motion picture, Through the Never, which combined spectacular concert footage of them blasting through gems from their back catalog with a surreal road-trip odyssey starring Dane DeHaan. The film and its accompanying soundtrack album were released in September 2013. Over the next few years, Metallica played the occasional high profile concert as they worked on a new studio album. In 2016, the band launched a series of expanded reissues, starting with deluxe editions of Kill Em All and Ride The Lightning. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Beyond Magnetic - EP

1. Hate Train

2. Just A Bullet Away

3. Hell And Back

4. Rebel Of Babylon

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Track List: Death Magnetic

1. That Was Just Your Life

2. The End Of The Line

3. Broken, Beat & Scarred

4. The Day That Never Comes

5. All Nightmare Long

6. Cyanide

7. The Unforgiven III

8. The Judas Kiss

9. Suicide & Redemption

10. My Apocalypse

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Track List: Garage Inc.

Disc 1

1. Free Speech For The Dumb

2. It's Electric

3. Sabbra Cadabra

4. Turn The Page

5. Die, Die My Darling

6. Loverman

8. Astronomy

9. Whiskey In The Jar

10. Tuesday's Gone

11. The More I See

Disc 2

1. Helpless

2. The Small Hours

3. The Wait

4. Crash Course In Brain Surgery

5. Last Caress / Green Hell

6. Am I Evil?

7. Blitzkrieg

8. Breadfan

9. The Prince

10. Stone Cold Crazy

11. So What

12. Killing Time

13. Overkill

14. Damage Case

15. Stone Dead Forever

16. Too Late Too Late

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Track List: Reload

1. Fuel

2. The Memory Remains

3. Devil's Dance

4. The Unforgiven II

5. Better Than You

6. Slither

7. Carpe Diem Baby

8. Bad Seed

9. Where The Wild things Are

10. Prince Charming

11. Low Man's Lyric

12. Attitude

13. Fixxxer

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Track List: Load

1. Ain't My B**ch

2. 2 X 4

3. The House Jack Built

4. Until It Sleeps

5. King Nothing

6. Hero Of The Day

7. Bleeding Me

8. Cure

9. Poor Twisted Me

10. Wasting My Hate

11. Mama Said

12. Thorn Within

13. Ronnie

14. The Outlaw Torn

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Track List: Live S**t: Binge & Purge

Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Disc 4
Disc 5
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Track List: Metallica

1. Enter Sandman

2. Sad But True

3. Holier Than Thou

4. The Unforgiven

5. Wherever I May Roam

6. Don't Tread On Me

7. Through The Never

8. Nothing Else Matters

9. Of Wolf And Man

10. The God That Failed

11. My Friend Of Misery

12. The Struggle Within

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Track List: ...And Justice For All

1. Blackened

2. And Justice For All

3. Eye Of The Beholder

4. One

5. The Shortest Straw

6. Harvester Of Sorrow

7. The Frayed Ends Of Sanity

8. To Live Is To Die

9. Dyers Eve

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Track List: Master Of Puppets

1. Battery

2. Master Of Puppets

3. The Thing That Should Not Be

4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

5. Disposable Heroes

6. Leper Messiah

7. Orion (Instrumental)

8. Damage, Inc.

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Track List: Ride The Lightning

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Track List: In The Beginning... Live (Live)

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Track List: Kill 'Em All

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Track List: One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version) (Single)

1. One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)

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SaWeet!
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Listen to these dips**t twats Metallica epitome of HARDROCK. MAY ALL YOU POSERS TAKE A LOAD IN YOUR MOUTH.. AND A RELOAD WITH AN INFINTE LOAD TO FOLLOW
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These coward bl**jobs were a cover band who stole their sound from the best songs of the bands they covered. The only reason their LOAD of s**t lasted is the early theft of a name that should have gone to a real metal band if your dick was half an inch you were thrown out for being a big dicked freak .
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1: Master of Puppets

2: Fade to Black

3: one

4: seek and destroy

5: for whom the bell tolls

6: ...And justice for all

7: Creeping Death

8: battery

9: Welcome Home: sanitarium

10: The Four Horseman

Just my opinion
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Agreed kcoleman0306 well put. Ppl r f**kin idiots on here talking s**t they know nothing about. The Unforgiven,, , excellent tune an cd... This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend TGIF... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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do you guys watch miami vice and charlies angels ?
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I love this song from Metallica.
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METALLICA WILL FOREVER BE THE EPITOME OF HARD ROCK- ESPECIALLY IN THE OLD DAYS!!!
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SEEN METALLICA 38 TIMES AND THEY GET BETTER EVERYTIME I SEE THEM. LOVE ALL THE ASSHOLS THAT SAY THERE SELL OUTS. CAN YOU PLAY THE GUITAR THAT FAST AND SING NOT MANY PEOPLE CAN. I GUESS YOUR RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING THEY ARE SELLOUTS THEY SELL OUT EVERY F**KING SHOW THEY PLAY!!!! TALLICA FOR EVER METAL UP YOUR A**!!!!!!!!! ! !
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Ur welcome John.. Thru The Never... Another bad a** jam. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend on this thirsty Thursday. ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Thanks April!! U know I love that one,and all Metallica tunes. I'm gonna plug in and turn up to 12!!!
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Bulls eye!
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cwetterhus
Master, Master,Maste r of Puppets is pulling your strings! ����
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Leper messiah,For whom the Bell tolls
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OMG I'M DEDICATING THIS TO MYSELF.. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS is my fav Metallica song. John I can hear ya playing it now. I want this played at my funeral. F**kin Fact. One of there best... Classic. U tell em John.... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Metallica was the band that got me into metal
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Metallica fan forever
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I guess, not one of u are a true Metallica fan?if so,u would realize that all things change with time.how many great songs have u wrote and played?
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Love everything up to the black album and Lars is a total sell out yuppie lame .....go buy some more
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These mainstream sell outs suck now. James and Lars can now go use the Target bathroom of their choice .
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rip nick menza
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No problem John,,, THE Shortest Straw,,,, Another Classic Metallica.. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend on this Tues morn.... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Jamie or I on
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Kiss Lars's c**k 3 times and rub the magic helmet and you will be showered with creamy white gold otherwise you will sued for stealing his music
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Thanks priestess,I love seek and destroy. One of my faves.
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Seek an Destroy,, Classic Metallica.. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend ROCK ON EVERYONE
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jamieb12871
U R CORRECT ....0Ri0N. Playin' now ...yeah
The original GARAGE DAYS...
COOL LITTLE KNOCKAROUND PERIOD(w/ Jason) ...it came out when I left my chick.. so I threw myself into it...until it was time 2 go 2 the bar(nightly) ...beer...bu d s . . . . b u t t s . . .
N breasts hell yeah.
.good old daze...legal cruising...
Real old daze...drive in movie
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The Wait,,, Another bad a** jam... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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Lmfao tell em John,, it makes u wonder wtf these ppl come from an y comment on a page that they have no clue wat there talking about.. Harvester Of Sorrow,,, This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend ROCK ON EVERYONE..
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Metal up your a**
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Their a great band that's been able to evolve with the times. Garage says and kill 'em all are still the best
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Go fuk yourself!!
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Sellout shiity band.
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Metallica just kicks a** metal at its finest! I just love them. I seen them 4 times. Metallica rules! Rock on!
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Going to there concert in August, can't wait!
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Disposable Heroes,,, wat a bad a** jam.. This one's 4 u johnheater75 my friend... ROCK ON EVERYONE
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chrislagow24
Metallica fan no matter what
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still to this day, Metallica never dies
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crystalkonop k a
Love metalica seice a kid i grew up to them and im still going
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Hello there,why a private profile? Just wondering
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Good Day! Hello
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gbaby5906
❤❤❤❤❤
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The black album is one of the best albums ever. I don't care what genre you love. This is it.
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Death Magnetic
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Cyanide living dead inside
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IMHO They were the inspiration for bands like Iced Earth, which I like better than Metallica. - tremendous song and start to a career though
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\ ^ ^ | ⚡️ ❤️ ⚡️ | ^ ^ /
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Many of you become victimized ,

Abused, stepped on, taken advantage

Of, you've lost pride, esteem, values

& such, to you I say , lesson learned

Justice comes , sometimes late, but it

Comes when you least expect it

KEEPAH⚡️KEEP I N G O N
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❤ROCK ON❤
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