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.
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Bassist recently rejoined ex-Black Sabbath frontman for his latest solo project.
Kirk Hammett Laments Metallica’s Slow Album Progress
“It’s not getting any quicker,” he says of releasing 10 titles in 40 years.
Metallica Celebrate Over 40 Years of History With Pittsburgh Show
Heavy metal legends wrap up their 2022 touring season with powerful set.
Kirk Hammett Just Waiting for Horror Movie Soundtrack Call
Metallica guitarist wants directors to come to him after release of his debut solo EP.
How GNR and Metallica's Joint Tour Foreshadowed Their Futures
The two biggest rock bands in the world conducted themselves very differently.
Metallica’s 'Master of Puppets' Rocks 'Stranger Things' Finale
Metal classic plays a pivotal role in the Season 4 closing episode.
Metallica Covers the Beatles, Deep Purple and More on New Live EP
2014 performance includes band's takes on songs by Ozzy Osbourne and Rare Earth, too.
When Anthrax's Scott Ian Got Arrested with Cliff Burton
Guitarist and late bassist narrowly avoided drug trouble when cops didn't find their weed.
Richard Ramirez Was Furious He Couldn't See Metallica in Prison
Band filmed "St. Anger" video at San Quentin State Prison, where Ramirez sat on death row.