No band has defined and upheld the standards of ‘80s metal as much as Metallica. Even with the lineup changes, the new haircuts and the streamlined music that have marked the latter part of the ‘90s and ‘00s, Metallica earned their rep as one of rock’s post-‘70s innovators. They barreled out of the ‘80s’ metal scene with a tougher, faster and more abrasive thrash sound that put all of their California contemporaries to shame. Their third album, 1986’s ‘Master of Puppets,’ is a landmark recording of the genre. Four years later they entered the mainstream with their self-titled ‘Black Album,’ which made them stars and set in motion two decades of ambitious projects, including a live album with the San Francisco Symphony and a much-maligned collaboration with Lou Reed. Despite the bumps, they remain one of the best and most popular bands on the planet.
Selected Discography: ‘Master of Puppets’ (1986), ‘… And Justice for All’ (1988), ‘Metallica’ (1990)
A hard-hitting battle is on tap as Motley Crue's 'Kickstart My Heart' takes on Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' for your votes -- and the right to advance out of round two of Ultimate Classic Rock's March Riff Madness.
On March 5, 1983, a scruffy crew of acne-afflicted youths going by the conspicuous band name of Metallica took a major step towards becoming the kings of thrash metal, when they mounted a stage for the first time alongside new bassist, Cliff Burton.
Songs from two Bay Area rock legends -- Sammy Hagar's 'There's Only One Way to Rock' and Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' -- battle for the chance to advance in the Ultimate Classic Rock March Riff Madness competition.
In the modern day, many musicians and other celebrities have embraced social media as a way to connect with their fan base. But not Kirk Hammett. In a new interview, the Metallica guitarist discussed, in no uncertain terms, why he avoids all of the myriad Internet-based platforms open to him.
Given that they are both former members of Metallica, one would think Dave Mustaine and Jason Newsted would get along famously. However, that appears not to be the case, as we learn that Newsted's self-titled band has been thrown off an Australian tour by headliners Megadeth.
Metallica's James Hetfield recently sat down with Guitar Center for a wide-ranging interview, offering fans an insight into his early years as a musician and his development as a guitarist. You can watch the 13-minute interview above.
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