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.
James Hetfield Recalls Metallica Recruiting a Different Singer
Band had a frontman they "really, really" wanted, but got turned down.
Robert Trujillo Recalls Opening for ‘Kind’ Metallica
Bassist toured with his future bandmates in 1993.
When Metallica Used a French Horn Without Knowing What It Was
Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield recall trying to make the Black Album as unique as possible.
The Metallica Album That Left Lars Ulrich Least ‘Bewildered’
Drummer says thrash giants will never stop making new records.
Metallica Resented Jason Newsted for Quitting, Says Lars Ulrich
James Hetfield also reflects on why they didn't fight to keep bassist who left in 2001.
Metallica's Real-Life 'Spinal Tap' Moment at Wembley Stadium
Guitarist Kirk Hammett was afraid he was going to "screw it up" during the band's big moment.
Metallica Return With Surprise Club Show: Video, Set List
This is the first time the band has performed for a live crowd in some two years.
James Hetfield Moved to Tears by Elton John’s Praise
English rock icon called the heavy metal band's "Nothing Else Matters" “one of the best songs ever written.”