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.
Metallica Return With Surprise Club Show: Video, Set List
This is the first time the band has performed for a live crowd in some two years.
James Hetfield Moved to Tears by Elton John’s Praise
English rock icon called the heavy metal band's "Nothing Else Matters" “one of the best songs ever written.”
Metallica and Various Artists, 'The Metallica Blacklist': Review
More than 50 artists take on rock legends' 1991 classic for occasionally wobbly, sometimes engaging tribute record.
Jason Newsted Was 'F---ing Livid' With 'And Justice for All' Mix
Ex-Metallica bassist reflects on album's nearly inaudible bass mix.
Five Years Ago: Metallica End a Long Drought With 'Hardwired'
First single from band's 10th album marked return after long break.
What if You Had to Cut 18 Minutes From Metallica's Black Album?
Can metal's most famous album be improved with some subtractions?
How Metallica Changed the World With Their Most Polarizing Album
"You don't have more than one album like that," Lars Ulrich says in exclusive excerpt from new book.
Listen to Weezer Cover Metallica's 'Enter Sandman'
Song is latest from upcoming 'Metallica Blacklist' tribute album.
Did Metallica Poach Parts of 'Enter Sandman' From Other Artists?
The iconic track bares a resemblance to at least two other songs.
30 Years Ago: Metallica Wake the Mainstream With 'Enter Sandman'
Song marked the first time James Hetfield was challenged on his lyrics.