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.
Why Lars Ulrich Doesn’t Like to 'Stray' From Metallica
Drummer admits Taylor Hawkins tribute appearances were "not the most comfortable thing for me."
James Hetfield Says Metallica's 'Load' and 'Reload' 'Felt Forced'
He's also unfazed by the split reaction to 'St. Anger.'
Metallica, Pantera and Mammoth WVH Set 2023-24 'M72' Tour Dates
Shows kick off in April and continue through September 2024.
Metallica Announces New Album '72 Seasons': See Track Listing
This is their first album since 2016's 'Hardwired ... to Self-Destruct.'
Why Dave Mustaine's Metallica Reunion Talks Failed
Megadeth frontman says the conversation ended suddenly, even he though was “trying to be really friendly.”
When Metallica Stole Their First Managers' Wedding Champagne
James Hetfield recalls moment during "wild and unruly" era of living with Megaforce Records owners Jon and Marsha Zazula.
5 Years Ago: Metallica Confronts Dystopia With ‘Spit Out the Bone
Relentless high-energy track from ‘Hardwired … to Self Destruct’ made a heavy point.
When Metallica Found an Unlikely Partner for 'The Memory Remains'
Thrash kings teamed up with British chanteuse Marianne Faithfull on grinding 'Reload' single.
Metallica Celebrates Megaforce Years With 1984-Themed Set
Show focused on 1983's 'Kill 'Em All' and 1984's 'Ride the Lightning' and was dedicated to Jonny and Marsha Zazula.