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 Album Art: The Stories Behind 16 Famous LP Covers
Swirls of sperm and blood, an armless mannequin, a magnetic grave — the band has always experimented with its designs.
How the Metallica Movie ‘Some Kind of Monster’ Lucked Out
Lars Ulrich explains why 2004 film managed to connect with so many people.
Technology Is Holding Back Metallica’s Songwriting
Lars Ulrich says band members struggle to find energy while working remotely.
Metallica’s Drive-In Filming Session Was Nearly Canceled
Winery owner had to keep plans secret after officials became concerned about “bad precedent.”
Metallica Rescues a Summer Night With Drive-In Concert: Set List
It was the summer of 2020's first - and possibly only - big rock concert.
James Hetfield Has Been Writing Songs During COVID-19 Lockdown
Metallica frontman has "tons of material" as a result of coronavirus downtime.
Metallica Didn’t See James Hetfield’s Rehab Return Coming
Bandmates say it was a complete surprise when frontman suffered addiction relapse.
Metallica to Record New Concert for Drive-In Theater Broadcast
Show will play at hundreds of outdoor theaters across North America.