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.
Here's Why Jethro Tull Missed Their Grammy Win Over Metallica
It’s one of the most famous metal miscues in history – and Jethro Tull wasn’t even there to accept their award.
Foo Fighters, Metallica and Springsteen Among Grammy Nominees
Rock was shut out of the major categories (again), but there are still plenty of familiar names elsewhere on the list.
Why Metallica Struggled to Move on With Jason Newsted
With their career at a crucial stage, the band wasn't able to wait very long before replacing original bassist Cliff Burton.
Metallica Bassist Was Once Caught in a Manson Family Shootout
Robert Trujillo remembers the time his family hid in a shower as bullets flew.
Metallica Dominates at Power Trip: Set List and Photos
They left no doubt as to who the reigning titans of heavy metal are.
Power Trip Festival: What to Expect at Rock’s Biggest Weekend
Guns N' Roses, Metallica, AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Tool are about to descend on the California desert.
15 Years Ago: Metallica Returns to Thrash on 'Death Magnetic'
This album served as an open apology to long-suffering fans.
How Metallica Preached Forgiveness on 'The Day That Never Comes'
Lead single from 'Death Magnetic' revealed a revitalized group.
Hear Metallica's 'Kill 'Em All' Played in the Style of ZZ Top
Musician Denis Pauna reimagines the metal legends' entire debut with 'Top 'Em All.'
40 Years Ago: Metallica Thrashes All Around on 'Whiplash'
'Kill 'Em All' lead single crystalized their essence into one four-minute blitzkrieg.