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 Give Crime-Victim Street Drummer a New Kit
Sheriff Drumman thanks band for helping him get back into action after theft.
25 Years Ago: Metallica Telegraph Tension on 'King Nothing'
For 'Load' single, James Hetfield drew on the parable that ambition fulfilled doesn't necessarily bring happiness.
Metallica Go Heavy on Rarities at Second 40th-Anniversary Show
Band went back to the front with reverse-chronological set.
Metallica Play First 40th-Anniversary Concert: Set List, Videos
"Fixxxer" got its live debut.
How Corrosion of Conformity 'Circled the Globe' With Metallica
"The tour really gave us a perspective of what we were supposed to do," Pepper Keenan tells UCR.
Metallica Announce Global Livestream of 40th-Anniversary Shows
Metal legends will broadcast San Francisco concerts on Dec. 17 and 19.
Why Dave Gahan Wanted His Metallica Cover to Be ‘Very Cinematic’
"You can't get louder and harder than Metallica, so don't try."
Own All of Metallica's 'Black Album' Merch for Just $27,000
Life has gotten very expensive for Metallica collectors this year.
Jason Newsted Recalls Emotional Final Metallica Audition
Bassist will never forget reaction from predecessor Cliff Burton’s mom.
Metallica Unveil 'Black Box' of Rarities and Virtual Events
Exit light, enter the Black Box.