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METALLICA is a heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in the United States, in 1981. Although not directly a progressive-metal band, their influence on the genre is undeniable, not only due to the mark their music made in major acts like DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING, but also because at least two of their early albums are considered by most prog-metal experts as pioneering efforts in the genre, and arguably progressive-metal's first real albums. Though METALLICA's music gradually became less progressive with each subsequent release, their first four records are amongst the most forward-thinking in metal's history, and have been widely regarded as masterpieces without which the progressive-metal genre would not be what it is today.

It all started when Danish drummer and amateur tennis star Lars Ulrich moved from his homeland to the United States in 1979. Although his original intention was to become a successful tennis player, he soon traded his racket for a pair of drumsticks as he decided to live his passion for heavy metal and bands like IRON MAIDEN and DIAMOND HEAD. This latter one played a particularly important role in the drummer's development when they allowed him to tour with them after he went to see the group play live in the United Kingdom in 1981.

1981 was also the year where Ulrich met guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, after the latter answered to an announcement in a newspaper looking for a guitarist to "jam to the music of TYGERS OF PAN TANG, DIAMOND HEAD and IRON MAIDEN" that Lars had posted days ago. The two would become partners and the main creative force behind the band which they soon created, called METALLICA. To record a song for an upcoming metal compilation, METALLICA looked for a lead guitarist. After unsuccessfully trying out Lloyd Grant on the first recording of "Hit the Lights", which was met with favorable comments from the underground metal community, they found a more stable line-up when they hired Dave Mustaine to replace him. With Hetfield's high school friend Ron McGovney joining them on bass, they re-recorded "Hit the Lights" for the second edition of the Metal Massacre compilation and several other demos that helped them make their name known in the world wide metal underground.

McGovney wouldn't last long as his lackluster skills were soon eclipsed by the mastery of the instrument that Hetfield and Ulrich were able to behold in the hands of Cliff Burton when they saw him perf...
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METALLICA discography


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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 425 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.10 | 548 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.11 | 669 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.95 | 557 ratings
...And Justice For All
1988
3.24 | 486 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.42 | 333 ratings
Load
1996
2.14 | 327 ratings
Reload
1997
1.67 | 368 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.35 | 377 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.07 | 216 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.45 | 80 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016

METALLICA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.87 | 68 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.77 | 13 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 170 ratings
S & M
1999

METALLICA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.54 | 29 ratings
Cliff 'Em All
1987
2.20 | 11 ratings
2 of One
1989
3.28 | 17 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Pt. 1
1992
3.83 | 17 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica... Continued (Pt. 2)
1992
3.90 | 21 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1998
3.67 | 57 ratings
S&M
1999
2.29 | 7 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.37 | 19 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.76 | 43 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
1.06 | 7 ratings
Metallica- Kill Em All To St. Anger (The World's Greatest Albums)
2005
3.69 | 17 ratings
The Videos 1989 - 2004
2006
3.75 | 8 ratings
Franšais Pour Une Nuit
2009
3.18 | 11 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.85 | 14 ratings
Through the Never
2014

METALLICA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

2.71 | 7 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.40 | 123 ratings
Garage Inc.
1998
3.20 | 5 ratings
Vinyl Box Set
2004

METALLICA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Ron McGovney's '82 Garage Demo
1982
3.50 | 4 ratings
Power Metal demo
1982
3.25 | 4 ratings
No Life 'til Leather demo
1982
2.75 | 4 ratings
Metal Up Your Ass demo
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Horsemen Of The Apocalypse demo
1983
3.38 | 8 ratings
Ride The Lightning demo
1983
3.56 | 9 ratings
Whiplash
1983
2.54 | 22 ratings
Jump in the Fire
1984
3.95 | 21 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
3.15 | 48 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
2.48 | 12 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
1988
3.07 | 17 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
1988
3.88 | 27 ratings
One
1989
2.71 | 15 ratings
Enter Sandman
1991
2.71 | 16 ratings
The Unforgiven
1991
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium
1992
3.50 | 14 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
1992
3.09 | 13 ratings
Sad But True
1992
3.43 | 14 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
15 Pieces Of Live Shit promo
1993
2.50 | 7 ratings
One
1993
1.82 | 8 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.19 | 7 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.75 | 8 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.20 | 5 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.25 | 8 ratings
Fuel
1997
2.89 | 9 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.33 | 9 ratings
The Unforgiven II
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.60 | 5 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.80 | 10 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
2.67 | 6 ratings
Die Die My Darling
1999
4.33 | 6 ratings
No Leaf Clover
1999
2.86 | 7 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
3.18 | 17 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.50 | 7 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.44 | 9 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.40 | 11 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.19 | 13 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
1.50 | 2 ratings
Live From Live Earth
2007
3.21 | 14 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.14 | 10 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.47 | 11 ratings
Cyanide
2008
2.78 | 8 ratings
The Judas Kiss
2008
3.94 | 14 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
2.92 | 6 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
2009
1.81 | 7 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.82 | 45 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 The Unnamed Feeling E.P. by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.50 | 7 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars I've never been ashamed to say that I like the 'St. Anger' album. I suppose somebody has to! And while I recognize it's flaws and why people look at it with such disdain, from a musical point of view, 'The Unnamed Feeling' is definitely one of the better tracks on the record (if there are any good ones, to begin with), and totally justified for it's release as a single. Or an extended play. Whichever.

To accompany the feature track here, we're given six live cuts from one of Metallica's shows of that time period. While these are a nice addition for collectors, unfortunately they're still pretty dull. Bearing in mind that these were recorded in 2003, a time when the band were still "rediscovering" themselves, and Hetfields vocals were pretty cringeworthy at that point, you'd be better off listening to any of the many other live recorded versions of these tracks, and there are plenty of them.

There is one random nugget of joy however. James Hetfield: "I forgot the [%*!#]ing words!". Haha! Brilliant.

I won't dwell on this one too much. If you're a loyal Metallica fan then this belongs in your collection. However, if you didn't like 'St. Anger' (so basically, everyone), this EP really isn't worth getting, and the live tracks certainly won't give you any incentive.

 The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.15 | 48 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars Having barely mourned the loss of bassist Cliff Burton after his sudden and tragic death, Metallica were back in the studio, breaking in newcomer Jason Newsted with this short collection of covers.

'The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited' (bit of a mouthful, that) is a nice little E.P. that shows that even at a young age, Metallica were always good at doing cover versions, although the song choices themselves are quite obscure and certainly not the most exciting. I mean, let's be honest, how many people can honestly say they were Diamond Head fans or Holocaust fans before Metallica covered them?

With that said, the band are on point here, and although this release was mostly meant for fun, it still shows a band full of ambition and enthusiasm. With production that, whilst sounding rough in places, fits the music perfectly and gives just the right amount of punch and grittiness.

Any praise or criticisms aside, there's really no point in tracking this down these days. I say this because all five songs offered here appear on the 'Garage Inc.' album, a compilation of newly recorded and every previously released cover Metallica have done. And unless you're a collector looking to own everything, you're better off just getting that.

 S & M by METALLICA album cover Live, 1999
3.46 | 170 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars When it was first revealed that Metallica's next endeavor would involve playing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, I can only imagine the disgust and doubt that crept into the minds of fans. After the divisive 'Load' and 'Reload' albums, and the covers album 'Garage Inc.' (none of which were likely to convert anyone), most people must have thought Metallica had lost their minds to consider playing with an orchestral ensemble.

Thankfully, Metallica proved them all wrong.

This album is great! Not only does it highlight the progressive elements in Metallica's music, but also how adaptable it can be to other genres. It's really hard to visualize what Metallica's music would sound like with a symphony backing it, but the orchestra, conducted by world-renowned Michael Kamen, take the band's songs and make their own arrangements and compositions from them, blending the two with ease to create an all-out attack on the senses.

Featuring pretty much all of their big hits, the band come across as stronger than ever. The musicianship is of a high standard, and some would argue that James Hetfield's vocals are at their absolute peak. And two new songs, '-Human' and 'No Leaf Clover', show that, at a time when the band leaned more towards hard rock than metal, they could still go toe-to-toe with some of the heaviest bands the genre has to offer.

I don't really have any major complaints with 'S&M', although, if I can indulge in a bit of nitpicking (everyone's a critic at heart), there are one or two songs I'd have maybe left out in place of an alternative. For example, 'The Thing That Should Not Be' does nothing for me, and where the hell is 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'?! Still, all the classics are here, with songs like 'Master of Puppets', 'Battery', 'One' and 'Bleeding Me' never sounding heavier.

In all honestly however, I've never really been too big on live albums, preferring the crisp and polished production of a studio recording, so this being a studio album would have been a huge plus for me. But still, it's fantastic none-the- less, and definitely as essential to any music collection as the bands earlier output.

 Death Magnetic by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.35 | 377 ratings

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4 stars There was 'Load' and 'Reload' that massively divided fans, there was a covers album, and a live album that featured an orchestra. Their bassist left, and their supposed big "comeback album" ending up being a critical flop. To make matters worse, they released a DVD which did nothing but portray the world's biggest rock stars as petulant children. It'd certainly been a tough decade Metallica.

But all of that was about to change.

Deciding to finally go "back to their roots", Metallica released 'Death Magnetic' in 2008, which sees the band bringing back their thrash-inspired sound not heard in 20 years. And it kicks all the critics square in the face, firmly establishing that despite their age and everything they'd done over the last decade, Metallica were still the kings of metal (Sorry, Manowar).

While 2003's 'St. Anger' had its faults (I don't mind that album, for the record), it was definitely a step in the right direction in terms of Metallica returning to the metal sound that made them famous in the first place. But every cringe-inducing problem that record may have had has been rectified ten times over with this release. The riffs are heavier and more complex than before. The guitar solos are back. The lyrics are more inspiring, and James Hetfield's voice sounds much, much better than it has done in a long time. Even Lars Ulrich's fairly simplistic drumming is more intense than anything he'd done on the previous album.

Metallica are back, baby!

The production on this record is far from perfect, but it's certainly beefier than it was on 'St. Anger', and despite the mix levels being a bit off, at least the drums sound like drums again!

The songwriting harkens back to the days of 1988's '...And Justice For All', with a return to intricately structured ten- minute songs. And although a lot of them are full of energy and complex musicianship, this is mostly the only major detriment to this release, because towards the end the album really does feel like it's dragging a bit. As awesome as the songs are (and indeed, they are!), each one of them could have benefitted by a minute or two being cropped off. Aw well...

'That Was Just Your Life', 'Broken, Beat & Scarred', 'The Day That Never Comes', 'All Nightmare Long' and 'The Judas Kiss' all demonstrate that despite all the years and everything this band have been through, there is still plenty of gas left in the tank.

 St. Anger by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2003
1.67 | 368 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars I like 'St. Anger'.

There, I said it.

Metal fans the world over will probably know all about 'St. Anger' and what contributed to its critical panning. The atrocious production, the awful drums (that don't even sound like drums), the cringe-worthy lyrics, the lack of guitar solos, the strained singing... the list goes on and on. But for all its faults and wrongdoings, the music itself on this album is still fairly decent.

I was sixteen when this album was released and was, at the time, a Metallica fanatic. Trivial things such as production was the last thing on my mind when this came out. I was just happy that my favourite band had released a new record and it rocked. Of course, as I grew older I learned to appreciate music production more, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the joy I gain from the compositions themselves still remain.

And whilst we're all familiar with (and most likely dislike) 'Frantic', 'Some Kind of Monster' and 'The Unnamed Feeling', this record has some forgotten gems such as 'Sweet Amber', 'All Within My Hands' and 'Shoot Me Again', which are all pretty underappreciated.

In truth, I'd be wasting my time if I tried to sell anyone on this album, as by now I figure everyone has made up their mind about it. But I'm happy with it. Sure, it has its problems, but it's different and unique and I enjoy it all the same. And the extra DVD of the band playing the album in the studio make this a nice little package.

 Reload by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1997
2.14 | 327 ratings

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3 stars If 1995's 'Load' didn't put you off Metallica, 'Reload' certainly won't win over any new converts, but that's not going to stop me from trying to defend this hugely underrated hard rock album.

It's understandable why these songs are often regarded as leftovers from its predecessor, since they're pretty much identical in sound, structure, tone and lyrical themes. But that doesn't necessarily make them bad. Which is why it's a shame so many people view with this album with utter contempt, as there's some seriously hard-rocking tunes here that might not hark back to the days of 1980's thrash metal, but certainly show a band who have grown and matured over the years.

With hard-hitting tracks such as 'Fuel', 'The Memory Remains', 'Devil's Dance', 'The Unforgiven II' and a number of vastly underrated gems in Metallica's discography such as 'Bad Seed', 'Better Than You' and 'Attitude', it's hard to imagine why people would so casually discard this album simply because it sounds different to the Metallica of ten years prior. However, I'll be the first to admit that 'Low Man's Lyric' is awful.

The band are probably at their most comfortable on this album when it comes to playing. Guitarist Kirk Hammett has become more than capable with his wah pedal while frontman James Hetfield has his growl nailed to perfection. Jason Newsted's bass isn't mired by his limited input, and drummer Lars Ulrich is... well... he's Lars Ulrich... 'nuff said.

If anything, the only real detriment is the duration. Clocking in at over 75 minutes, sometimes it can be quite tiring to listen to in one sitting. But otherwise, 'Reload' may be far from perfect, but it definitely gets a lot more slack that it deserves. Stop comparing it to past Metallica releases and enjoy it for the solid hard rock album that it is.

 ...And Justice For All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.95 | 557 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

5 stars It's 2001 and I'm 14 years-old, new to the world of metal, and a huge Megadeth fan (or so I thought...). They'd just released their album 'The World Needs a Hero', in which they went "back to their metal roots" (every band goes through this phase). Tuning into Kerrang TV, they were midway through a video that, for whatever reason, I suspected it may have been Megadeth's video for 'Moto Psycho'. It was heavy, it was aggressive, and I was headbanging to it with my measly one inch of hair which I couldn't wait to grow longer. I also couldn't wait to get the new Megadeth album because this song kicked ass!

Except, it was Metallica's 'One'.

2001 was an exciting year for a 14 year-old metal fan living in the UK. With the nu metal scene having completely taken over the world, no doubt with huge thanks to the few channels that had popped up on TV dedicated to rock music, the genre was rife with bands such as Linkin Park, Korn, Slipknot and Limp Bizkit. However, despite all the bands that were tearing up the charts, it was Metallica's '...And Justice For All' that I was seriously digging. I loved the ten-minute songs with two-minute intros. I loved the complex arrangements with constant shifts in dynamics. I loved the guitar harmonies. I loved it all!

There's no denying the influence this had on me around that period of my life. Eventually leading me to progressive metal, a genre this album arguably had a huge hand in influencing in its infancy, bands like Dream Theater and Symphony X just seemed like the next logical step from here. Intricately crafted guitar riffs, harmonies and solos, with some of Lars Ulrich's most challenging drumming (which, fair play to the guy, he may have a rather limited skill set, but he sure busts his chops on this one), make this Metallica's most ambitious album, with the band themselves often citing how this was the most complex stuff they'd done.

The production is often criticized, but I was too young to care about such trivial things when I first got this record, so I find myself unfazed by it now. In fact, I find the sound, which comes across as very dry and gritty, sets the mood perfectly for this incredibly dark and bleak album. And with songs like 'One', 'Blackened', 'Harvester of Sorrow', 'Dyers Eve' and 'The Frayed Ends of Sanity', this is an absolute classic that belongs in the collection of any metal fan.

 Master Of Puppets by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.11 | 669 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars 'Master of Puppets' is without a doubt one of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time. Taking what they started on 'Ride the Lightning' and pumping it full of steroids, this takes all the best elements of Metallica's previous album and magnifies it a thousand times over, firmly placing Metallica amongst metal's royalty.

A nice combination of heavy and melodic, 'Master of Puppets' mirrors its predecessor very closely, but at the same time it manages to maintain its own identity. Opening track 'Battery' is very similar to 'Fight Fire with Fire', starting with a nice clean guitar harmony, followed by riffs of complete chaos that'll destroy all your senses. 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)' takes the ballad concept started on 'Fade to Black' and pushes it further than anyone thought possible, and 'Orion' is a nice eight minute instrumental that can go toe to toe against 'The Call of Ktulu' any day.

Despite the similarities, 'Master of Puppets' shows a band becoming more mature with each release. The lyrics are even more grim and darker than before, and the song-writing, especially on tracks like 'Master of Puppets' and 'Welcome Home', shows a band that has developed closer over the years to become as tight as they can be, with Hetfield and Hammett's guitars working in perfect harmony with Burton's bass-lines and Ulrich's (somewhat limited) drum skills.

Often cited as the single greatest metal album in history, it'd be hard to disagree.

 Until It Sleeps by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
1.82 | 8 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

1 stars This review is only for Part 2 of Metallica's 'Until It Sleeps'.

'Until It Sleeps' is one of the best songs from the 'Load' album, but this disc is pointless. The main track itself is good, and justifies being released as a single. The 'Kill/Ride Medley' is a nice treat, though nothing to shout about, and the sound is pretty rubbish.

But the 'Herman Melville Mix'... why does this even exist? What made Metallica decide that this would be something they'd include on a single? I don't mind a dance remix of a rock song, but this makes me want to lobotomize myself. Imagine a generic techno track with random snippets of James Hetfield circa '95 saying "tear me open" and "until it sleeps"... horrifying!!!

If you're an absolute collector of all things 'Tallica, then I suppose you'll want this in your collection regardless (and you are indeed a hardcore fan if you're willing to go this far). Otherwise avoid this like the plague, and just buy the 'Load' album and save yourself the misery.

Sadly, I'm a collector. So I'm stuck with this. Thanks Herman Melville...

 Load by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1996
2.42 | 333 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars Short hair? Make-up? Cigars? What's going on?! What happened to Metallica? Did they... sell out?! OH NOOOOO!!!!!

These are just some of the things the metal community were complaining about back in 1995, when Metallica changed their image and their sound and released 'Load'. Anyone with an open mind will see that there are some really good compositions on this album, but sadly the metal community, as reliable as ever, couldn't get past the fact that Metallica changed their look and "sold out". In fact, most of 'em were still complaining about Metallica releasing a music video in 1988 when they said they never would. Metal elitists... at least they're consistent.

This may not be Metallica's best release, but there are songs on here that definitely stand side-by-side with anything Metallica had done before. 'Ain't My Bitch', 'Until It Sleeps', 'King Nothing' and 'Bleeding Me' are all classics. Even the country-influenced 'Mama Said' is a great tune (unless you're an 80's thrash metal fan who's still trying to get over the 'Black Album'). But for all its strengths, there is one major problem that bugs me about this album; the duration. Alone, any song on 'Load' is a great track (yes, that includes 'Ronnie'), but when you listen to it all in one sitting, it really feels like you've heard the same song multiple times. It's tough.

I can admit, this may not be Metallica's finest hour, but don't be swayed by any "metal" reviews, because it's not a metal album. It's a rock album, and a bloody good one, at that!

Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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