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METALLICA

- 1981
COUNTRY:
UNITED STATES
GENRE(S):
HEAVY METAL, THRASH
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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, METAL CHURCH, EXODUS, APOCALYPTICA, MACHINE HEAD, ARMORED SAINT, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, MEGADETH, DEATH ANGEL, THE NEW BLACK
In a career spanning more than 40 years, Metallica has become THE best-known and most iconic heavy (thrash) metal band in the world.
TORPEDO - 24.01.2024
Metallica was born in 1981 in California after Lars Ulrich placed an advert in a local newspaper looking for musicians to form a metal band. James Hetfield answered the ad and joined the band as singer and rhythm guitarist. The duo then recruited Dave Mustaine on lead guitar and Ron McGovney on bass to complete the initial line-up. McGovney was replaced the following year by Cliff Burton, who had impressed the band with his technique at a nightclub gig.

In 1983, Metallica released their first album, "Kill 'Em All", offering new, violent, aggressive and technically accomplished music that established the band as a force to be reckoned with on the nascent thrash metal scene. Tensions within the band led to the departure of Dave Mustaine, who went on to form Megadeth. Kirk Hammett, formerly of Exodus, became the new lead guitarist, just in time for the recording of the band's second album.

The release of "Ride the Lightning" in 1984 marked a milestone for Metallica, both musically and commercially. The album featured more complex song structures and established the band as one of the pioneers of Thrash metal. It was followed by "Master of Puppets" in 1986, critically acclaimed and often regarded as one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. The album went gold in 1986 and reached the Top 30 of the Billboard 200.

Tragedy struck Metallica in 1986 when bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while on tour in Sweden, while the other members escaped unharmed. Jason Newsted, ex-member of Flotsam and Jetsam, joined Metallica to replace Burton. The band released "...And Justice for All" in 1988, a darker, more complex album that met with mixed reviews from fans.

In the early 1990s, Metallica enjoyed unprecedented mainstream success with the release of their self-titled album, commonly referred to as "The Black Album". Produced by Bob Rock, the album featured a more accessible sound, with hits such as 'Enter Sandman' and 'Nothing Else Matters'. "The Black Album" propelled Metallica to worldwide superstardom and remains one of the best-selling albums in history. 

The band continued to evolve with the albums "Load" (1996) and "Reload" (1997), incorporating elements of hard rock and alternative music. Despite some criticism from long-time fans, Metallica's popularity remained high and in 1998 the band released a double album of covers entitled "Garage Inc", which reached number two on the Billboard 100. In April 1999, Metallica played with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michael Kamen, resulting in a live album entitled "S&M", short for Symphony & Metallica.

The early 2000s were complicated for Metallica. Tensions erupted, Hetfield went into rehab and Jason Newsted left the band. He was replaced by Robert Trujillo, a former member of Suicidal Tendencies. Although it was a commercial success, "St. Anger", released in 2003, was not well received by fans, who criticised its dry production and direct, solo-free songs lacking impact. 

Fortunately, Metallica turned things around in 2008 with "Death Magnetic", produced by Rick Rubin, which marked a return to their thrash metal roots. It received positive reviews from the critics and sold over 500,000 copies. After releasing a rather original album with Lou Reed in June 2011, Metallica left Warner Bros and set up their own label, Blackened Recordings, on which to market their new and old albums, the band having bought back the rights. They played a number of festivals before releasing "Hardwired... to Self-Destruct" in 2016, a double Heayvy/Thrash album in the same vein as their previous work, followed seven years later by "72 Seasons".

In addition to their musical achievements, Metallica have been actively involved in philanthropy, supporting causes such as disaster relief, education and healthcare. In 2017, they established the All Within My Hands Foundation, reflecting their commitment to making a positive impact beyond the realm of music.

More informations on http://www.metallica.com/
DID YOU KNOW?

The band was first called Dehan, then Phantom Lord before taking the name Metallica.

In 1992, James Hetfield suffered second- and third-degree burns to his face, arms and legs during a concert at Montreal's Olympic Stadium following pyrotechnic problems.

On 8 December 2013, the band played a concert entitled 'Freeze 'Em All' in Antarctica, becoming the first band to play on all seven continents.

The members of Metallica all have a Funko pop figure in their likeness (57 to 60), as does Lady Justice (89). A limited edition Funko Album of the Black Album has also been released (18).

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5 LAST LINKED REVIEWS
METALLICA_72-Seasons
72 Seasons (2023)
4/5
3.8/5
AUTRE LABEL / HEAVY METAL
METALLICA_Hardwired…To-Self-Destruct
Hardwired…to Self-destruct (2016)
4/5
3.5/5
AUTRE LABEL / THRASH
METALLICA_St-Anger
St Anger (2003)
4/5
2.1/5
ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT / HEAVY METAL
METALLICA_Load
Load (1996)
3/5
3/5
ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT / HEAVY METAL
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Metallica (1991)
4/5
4.2/5
ELEKTRA ENTERTAINMENT / HEAVY METAL
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