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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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Greg Prato, Rovi
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Comments

metallica sucked after ajfa
Metallica sucked after the black album
please vote for metal bands in your stations. If we don't metal will become extinct. No more metallica vs megadeth or we'll kill each other.
katy perry and lady gaga and justin bieber and miley cyrus are the pied piper of metal
motley crue has a contract with the wwf and is more loved in gay wrestling than motor head
Look up metal on YouTube. Mötley Crüe was the first band that popped up for me. #METALISDEAD
rolling stone magazine must hate megadeth and cannibal corpse
breadfan by budgie isnt metal either
pandora is run by rolling stone magazine. They think katy perry is metal because of her hair.
Oh, that's bullshit! Metallica can be related to Pantera, but not to Megadeth? #PANDORAWORK E R S ( F A T F*GS)AREUSEL E S S
one more thing, why isn't megadeth on similar artists to metallica ?
by the way I ate a steak 5 course meal. for lunch.
got it
Okay my dad confirmed the Deathlok comic. Now to roundhouse kick john in the back of his head and do a cartwheel, like my sensei rick tew does to his slave. In Thailand.
t's illegal to use chopsticks in Asia now. I might get Deathlok comic 2 tomorrow and I'm eating at a mexican restaurant called the crazy chicken tomorrow.
Do u hear what I hear? Metallica haters.yes metallica deserves all respect.
Shut up, M dude hater. You're the one who has no life, which is obvious by the fact that you can't spell, along with the fact that the term "dude" and the year is in your name.
No lyfe
Worst band
He graduated from sucking asian chopsticks
By far one of my most favorite bands to ever rock planet Earth! They've been around for over three decades and are still inspiring metal heads all over the planet!!!
I graduated from the ninja gym john. I can kick your a**.
Time to kiss your life goodbye!!!! Life's no video game.its easy to talk s**t,on a social site.some of us have the credentials.
see your mom by your door without a head, yeah I'm blackened.
haohmaru of wind on youtube
Frayed ends of sanity.the title says it all.
wher'es garage days?
yep
Oh the nights cruising the gravel roads, slamming beers, listening to Metallica, going to keggers, those were the days.
I used to know how to play bleeding me on guitar. I was good at it. Then i slowly found out how much it sucked, so I dropped it.
the shortest straw has been pulled for justin bieber. off to iraq you go.
bice.jc.81
Feel sorry for those who don't "like" any of the Metallica after AJFA. Bleeding Me and many more from Load/ReLoad are good songs. It's not thrash but it's good.
look at all these emos. nice try justin beiber,
enter sandman..... . . . W O W
Chicane taking a break on the Metallica channel?? All rite!! Beat it punk, and stay gone.
Are you guys evil ? I sure f**king am !
Rodney wants the d
Follow for unfollowing
Maytellica is cool
Follow for follow (www.rodneyv a n c e t h e a r t i s t . c o m )
Gaytallica
Thundah roar
Like rain ? Then make log fire... Two days later watch clouds roll in and hear the thundah roll \^^^| rock star*
Death u say it best bro.end of story
LOVE THIS SONG!
If you don't like Metallica, here's a couple things. First thing F**K YOU and the second thing is F**K YOU
Aaaaaaaghhhh h h h I pressed the button early
Every one who talks **** has a private profile. Sssssscccccc r r r r r r r r r r e e e e e e e e w w w w ! you ***s
tlandry043
This band is almost as bad as slipknot. Pantera is where it's at douchebags
An all time fave!!
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