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 Announces '72 Seasons' Global Premiere Listening Party
The album will play in cinemas worldwide with each song featuring a music video and band commentary.
Metallica Aims to Smash Taboos With New Song 'Screaming Suicide'
"It's ridiculous to think we should deny that we have these thoughts," James Hetfield says.
Robert Trujillo's Childhood: Metallica Bassist's First 72 Seasons
He initially wanted to be a drummer, then a keyboardist before he found his calling.
The Day Cliff Burton Had His First Metallica Rehearsal
Bell-bottom-clad bassist ended up taking them to new heights.
Jason Newsted's Childhood: Metallica Bassist's First 72 Seasons
Raised on a farm, the bassist's life changed when a classmate introduced him to the music of Kiss.
Kirk Hammett's Childhood: Metallica Guitarist's First 72 Seasons
Future rock star found refuge from his traumatic upbringing in comics and music.
Metallica Debut New UFO, Thin Lizzy Covers at L.A. Benefit Show
Show also included guest stars St. Vincent and Avi Vinocur.
Cliff Burton's Childhood: Metallica Bassist's First 72 Seasons
A tragic experience as a teen led to an unshakable determination to be the best.
James Hetfield's Childhood: Metallica Star's First 72 Seasons
A religious upbringing, alienated school life and the loss of his mother all played a role in the future frontman's formative years.
Lars Ulrich's Childhood: Metallica Drummer's First 72 Seasons
Before he had the chops, the songs or the bandmates, he had the drive.