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 Sue Insurer Over Losses From Pandemic-Postponed Shows
Band alleges breach of contract and seeks unspecified damages connected to six concerts postponed in 2020.
Metallica 'Load' Roundtable: Did They Fumble Their Big Follow-Up?
Band took an unexpected turn on the 1996 follow-up to the Black Album.
How Metallica Catered to Diehards With Their 'Fan Can' Series
Collectors' items combine rare audiovisual footage with exclusive merchandise.
25 Years Ago: Metallica Channel Soundgarden on 'Until It Sleeps'
Lead single from 'Load' took a page from grunge band's playbook.
Les Claypool Says Metallica Would Have Fired Him After a Month
Primus leader didn’t realize his 1986 audition was a “big deal.”
How 'Johnny Got His Gun' Began Its Journey to Inspiring Metallica
Dalton Trumbo's film had a resonant message, but it didn't pack nearly the punch of their 1989 video for 'One.'
Watch Metallica Attempt to Play 'Enter Sandman' Backward
Video shows band playing hit song in a way you've never heard before.
Ian Anderson Felt Blamed for Metallica Grammys Upset
Jethro Tull leader recalls award presenter Alice Cooper’s reaction when they met.
Metallica Wanted Rob Trujillo’s Million-Dollar Deal Out of Movie
‘Some Kind of Monster’ director recalls hours of tension until James Hetfield had “moment of clarity.”