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.
40 Years Ago: James Hetfield Plays First Metallica Show on Guitar
Band played at Lars Ulrich's Back Bay High School, set up on cafeteria stage typically used for plays.
Robert Trujillo Recalls Blowing His Fuse in Metallica Rehearsal
Bassist says backstage moment proves musicians should "always maintain composure."
James Hetfield’s Heartfelt Revelation Prompts Metallica Group Hug
"I am not alone, and neither are you," the frontman declared to more than 60,000 fans.
Ozzy Thought Metallica Were ‘Taking the Piss’ With Sabbath Cover
Singer didn’t know opening act were massive fans when he heard them rehearsing in 1986.
Kirk Hammett Rushed ‘Portals’ Completion for Record Store Day
Metallica guitarist’s EP had to be done within a week to make the deadline.
40 Years Ago: Metallica's Five-Piece Lineup Plays Their Only Show
After just one show, second guitarist Brad Parker vanished from Metallica's lineup.
Kirk Hammett is ‘Full-on Jethro Tull Fan’ Despite Grammy Dispute
Metallica guitarist says he only recently began exploring prog, but delay had nothing to do with earlier controversy.
Metallica's Epic Chile Rehearsal Could Be Heard Across Town
Fan footage captures band's "One" soundcheck in Santiago from miles away.
Jason Newsted Reveals 'Very Origins' of His Beef With Metallica
Bassist was warned off side projects long before he quit over feeling artistically limited.
Robert Trujillo Will Put Kirk Hammett’s EP Through Vinyl Ceremony
Metallica bassist wants to “christen” his bandmate’s ‘Portals’ release.