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.
Watch Metallica Being Censored with Terrible Choice of Music
Twitch stream replaces ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’ live performance with bad synth tune.
Watch Robert Trujillo and Les Claypool in Spoof Western Video
Ad for EMG Pickups ends with duet bass performance by Metallica and Primus members.
Slayer’s Gary Holt Praises Metallica, Hasn't Listened to ‘Lulu’
Guitarist recalls 1986 prediction made by James Hetfield that proved true.
Metallica's 'Enter Sandman' Soundtracks New Ford Commercial
Collaboration is only the second time classic song has been used for a worldwide promotion.
Metallica Producer Bob Rock Sells 'Black Album' Rights
Sale, which also includes Michael Buble tracks, involved Hipgnosis Songs Fund.
How Metallica Finally Entered the Video Age With 'One'
Band was on its fourth album before agreeing to make a video for song about a soldier who'd lost his limbs and most of his sense.
Hear Metallica Mashed Up With Huey Lewis and the News
"Hip to Be the Sandman" combines hits by the disparate Bay Area acts.
20 Years Ago: Why Jason Newsted Suddenly Quit Metallica
He joined the group after original bassist Cliff Burton died in a tour bus accident.
Metallica Have Forgotten First Meeting With Kirk Hammett
Guitarist says James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich don’t remember backstage moment in 1982.
Ozzy Osbourne LP to Feature Members of Metallica and Foo Fighters
Prince of Darkness is reportedly "halfway through" the album, which will also feature Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.