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Founded in Los Angeles, USA in 1981 - Still active as of 2018

METALLICA is a heavy metal band; Although not directly a progressive-metal band, their influence on the genre is undeniable, not only due to the mark their music made in major acts like DREAM THEATER or FATES WARNING, but also because at least two of their early albums are considered by most prog-metal experts as pioneering efforts in the genre, and arguably progressive-metal's first real albums. Though METALLICA's music gradually became less progressive with each subsequent release, their first four records are amongst the most forward-thinking in metal's history, and have been widely regarded as masterpieces without which the progressive-metal genre would not be what it is today.

It all started when Danish drummer and amateur tennis star Lars Ulrich moved from his homeland to the United States in 1979. Although his original intention was to become a successful tennis player, he soon traded his racket for a pair of drumsticks as he decided to live his passion for heavy metal and bands like IRON MAIDEN and DIAMOND HEAD. This latter one played a particularly important role in the drummer's development when they allowed him to tour with them after he went to see the group play live in the United Kingdom in 1981.

1981 was also the year where Ulrich met guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield, after the latter answered to an announcement in a newspaper looking for a guitarist to "jam to the music of TYGERS OF PAN TANG, DIAMOND HEAD and IRON MAIDEN" that Lars had posted days ago. The two would become partners and the main creative force behind the band which they soon created, called METALLICA. To record a song for an upcoming metal compilation, METALLICA looked for a lead guitarist. After unsuccessfully trying out Lloyd Grant on the first recording of "Hit the Lights", which was met with favorable comments from the underground metal community, they found a more stable line-up when they hired Dave Mustaine to replace him. With Hetfield's high school friend Ron McGovney joining them on bass, they re-recorded "Hit the Lights" for the second edition of the Metal Massacre compilation and several other demos that helped them make their name known in the world wide metal underground.

McGovney wouldn't last long as his lackluster skills were soon eclipsed by the mastery of the instrument that Hetfield and Ulrich were able to behold in the hands of Cliff Burton when they saw him...
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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.42 | 504 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.10 | 668 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.12 | 796 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.95 | 650 ratings
... And Justice For All
1988
3.26 | 559 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.45 | 384 ratings
Load
1996
2.16 | 380 ratings
Reload
1997
1.72 | 422 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.31 | 428 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.08 | 258 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.44 | 130 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016

METALLICA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.83 | 73 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.79 | 14 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 184 ratings
S & M
1999
3.43 | 7 ratings
Through the Never
2013

METALLICA Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

3.54 | 31 ratings
Cliff 'Em All
1987
2.28 | 13 ratings
2 of One
1989
3.19 | 18 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Pt. 1
1992
3.73 | 18 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica... Continued (Pt. 2)
1992
3.94 | 23 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1998
3.68 | 64 ratings
S&M
1999
2.29 | 7 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.23 | 21 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.69 | 46 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
3.54 | 18 ratings
The Videos 1989-2004
2006
1.06 | 8 ratings
Metallica - Kill Em All To St. Anger (The World's Greatest Albums)
2006
3.80 | 10 ratings
Français Pour Une Nuit
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Orgullo, pasión y gloria: Tres noches en la Ciudad de México
2009
3.25 | 12 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.90 | 20 ratings
Through the Never
2014
3.15 | 7 ratings
S&M 2
2020

METALLICA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire
1984
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.45 | 138 ratings
Garage Inc.
1998
3.33 | 6 ratings
Vinyl Box Set
2004

METALLICA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 2 ratings
Ron McGovney's '82 Garage Demo
1982
3.50 | 4 ratings
Power Metal demo
1982
3.50 | 6 ratings
No Life 'til Leather demo
1982
2.60 | 5 ratings
Metal Up Your Ass demo
1982
4.00 | 2 ratings
Horsemen Of The Apocalypse demo
1983
3.38 | 8 ratings
Ride The Lightning demo
1983
3.60 | 10 ratings
Whiplash
1983
2.62 | 24 ratings
Jump in the Fire
1984
3.63 | 26 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
3.19 | 53 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
2.54 | 13 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
1988
3.11 | 18 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
1988
3.90 | 29 ratings
One
1989
2.71 | 15 ratings
Enter Sandman
1991
2.71 | 16 ratings
The Unforgiven
1991
3.60 | 5 ratings
Live at Wembley Stadium
1992
3.50 | 14 ratings
Nothing Else Matters
1992
3.13 | 13 ratings
Sad But True
1992
3.43 | 14 ratings
Wherever I May Roam
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
15 Pieces Of Live Shit promo
1993
2.39 | 10 ratings
One (Live)
1993
2.00 | 9 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.18 | 8 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.32 | 10 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.57 | 7 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.25 | 8 ratings
Fuel
1997
2.62 | 12 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.58 | 12 ratings
The Unforgiven II
1997
4.00 | 2 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.60 | 5 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.83 | 12 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
2.63 | 8 ratings
Die Die My Darling
1999
4.00 | 7 ratings
No Leaf Clover
1999
2.89 | 9 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
3.10 | 20 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.65 | 8 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.42 | 12 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.64 | 14 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.19 | 18 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
2.67 | 3 ratings
Live From Live Earth
2007
3.25 | 16 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.28 | 13 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.56 | 12 ratings
Cyanide
2008
2.78 | 8 ratings
The Judas Kiss
2008
3.71 | 17 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
2.93 | 8 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
2009
2.03 | 11 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
2.63 | 7 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.87 | 53 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

METALLICA Reviews


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 Through the Never by METALLICA album cover Live, 2013
3.43 | 7 ratings

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Review by Necrotica
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3 stars (Review originally written in 2013)

No matter how you look at it, it's pretty much universally agreed that Metallica are past their prime. While the band still tour relentlessly like always, their 80s heyday is now just a sweet memory and musical haven to fans looking to get their thrash metal fix. Even Death Magnetic, while attempting to recapture the old classic Metallica vibe, still saw a pretty mixed fan reception (but hey, at least it wasn't another St. Anger!). After their Lulu album with Lou Reed pretty much drilled their reputation even further into the ground, what was the next logical step? Make a concert film and cash in with another damn live record! Fancy that! Luckily though, this is probably the most entertaining and energetic Metallica effort in a very long time.

Let's begin with the worst and most obvious aspect of this album though. If you look at the track list, you'll already notice something exceptionally disappointing about this record: there are no surprises whatsoever. The setlist is the most predictable one you can imagine, with a slew of popular hits and rarely any lesser-known gems; the only one that's pretty notable is "...And Justice For All," since the band rarely played the song due to its length. The songs are largely played in the same way as they were in the studio, with a notable exception being the guitar tuning. Any song that was played in Standard-E tuning (as in, almost every song on here) is now played in E-flat tuning; this is actually beneficial because it makes the songs a bit heavier and more intense in the long run. As I said before, the real highlight of this record is its energy; these songs haven't been played this way by the band in a decade or two. Even with thrashier cuts such as "Battery" or "Hit the Lights" are played just as aggressively and quickly as they were in the 80s. Speaking of "Battery," that's an absolute highlight here; the solos and swift drumming still feel completely fresh and James' singing is still sufficiently gruff and intimidating. "Nothing Else Matters" and "One" hold up well in the "ballad" department as the band are still able to maintain a strong sense of dynamic control and retain their tight musicianship. Perhaps it's from years of playing these songs over and over, but the emotion is certainly still felt in these tracks and "One"'s more aggressive second half still manages to build on its first half's melancholic vibe extremely well.

However, the problem is that you still get a feeling of deja vu because of the aforementioned predictability of the setlist. Yeah, there are classics like "Master of Puppets," "Creeping Death," "Ride the Lightning," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," but why do we need to listen to yet another round of live renditions of these tracks? It seems pretty pointless considering the amount of live albums the band have already released, not to mention all the videos you can find online for these songs. Not only that, but there are some moments of sloppiness on the band's part. During one of the verses on "Nothing Else Matters," James' voice just starts going everywhere for some reason as he sings the word "anew." This isn't even one of the heavier moments of the song but rather a slow melancholic section, and the slip-up (or at least it seems to be a slip-up) sticks out like a sore thumb. Another example is the drumming on "For Whom the Bell Tolls"; Lars Ulrich just sounds a bit sluggish and some of the fills he performs are a bit odd. The first fill he does once Kirk's melodic guitar line starts sounds completely off, as if he lost his musical footing at that very moment and regained it during the next measure. Stuff like this seems nitpicky, but it really adds up in the long run and gets very annoying after a while. One more thing, and this is just a side-note: if the soundtrack/film is called Through the Never, why the hell wasn't "Through the Never" actually in it? That just seems baffling to me, but that's the last nitpick I'm mentioning.

So how is the Through the Never soundtrack? It's definitely a good live album if you're not sick to death of Metallica live releases, or perhaps this is your first time picking up one by them. Even then, I'd suggest getting the Live Shit: Binge and Purge collection if you want some of the band's best live material. Either way, despite its track list's predictability, Through the Never is a solid collection of Metallica tunes that benefits from (usually) solid performances and a healthy dose of energy that's quite frankly refreshing. It's a nice live effort, just not very essential.

 S&M 2 by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2020
3.15 | 7 ratings

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Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

3 stars Here's the sequel of Metallica with the San Francisco Orchestra 20 years ago. The band plays on their central stage with all those classical musicians. It's night and day for the picture quality if I compare both concerts, the high definition makes all the difference. There are more quiet moments in the music than a usual Metallica concert and that is a good thing. There are also some classical pieces to brings things down after the heavy metal stuff. I'm not a fan of Heavy Metal, but I always enjoy seeing a Metallica concert and I have to admit that in this genre, they are on top. They started the show with their most progressive rock song: the instrumental ''The Call of Ktulu'' and after that, it's more than 2 hours of music nonstop with the orchestra that brings a little something to the music. I really enjoy watching this concert, the camera work gets you on the stage with the musicians, it's almost like being in the front row. I assume that all Metallica fans have this already and that I would not recommend this to all the prog-rock fans, so that's why I only give this 3.4 stars.
 Some Kind of Monster by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2004
3.69 | 46 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars 'Some Kind of Monster' is an interesting look at the personal problems that arise amongst band members after having worked together throughout careers that span decades. The biggest rock band in the world is on the verge of breaking up, with one member leaving, one member in rehab and one member being the most hated man in music. It's compelling viewing, that's for sure.

However, it's been often stated that this will appeal to Metallica fans and non-fans alike, and I do consider that a bit of an overstatement. I'm a huge, huge die-hard fan of the band, but at two hours and 10 minutes in duration, and a couple of hours of extra material, even I find this quite a tedious viewing at times.

Essentially, it boils down to the egos of two men, James and Lars, and goes on to become nothing more than 'Temper Tantrum: The Movie'. Still, it's always fun and interesting to see what musicians I admire get up to when they're not on stage. The process of recording their 2003 dud of album 'St. Anger', what they do in their spare time, the auditions for a new bass player and the endless promotional events they partake in.

While this isn't essential viewing to the average movie-goer, fans of the band will enjoy this stripped and bare movie that shows that even rich and famous rock stars have egos and emotions, and the tolls that that stardom takes on them.

 Classic Albums: Metallica by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2001
3.23 | 21 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars This is basically a DVD highlights package of the two Metallica VHS releases, 'A Year and a Half in the Life of?' that the band released in the early 90's. A harmless enough watch, which looks at the making of one of heavy metal's most iconic albums, we're given a track-by-track look at the process of writing and recording each song, and there's some additional material with band members reflecting upon the album years later.

It's interesting to watch, but it mostly comprises of footage we've already seen in countless other videos, and it lacks all the emotional depth of Metallica's 2004 movie 'Some Kind of Monster'.

Still, while it's hardly going to be the most riveting thing you've ever watched, if you're a fan of Metallica it's certainly not a bad way to kill two hours.

 The Videos 1989-2004 by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 2006
3.54 | 18 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars Let's face it, when it comes to music videos, Metallica have had some absolute bangers, and some absolute stinkers. Some of them, such as the iconic 'One' and 'Enter Sandman', have become heavy metal classics, which stand up as well today as they did upon release. Then there's the not-so-classic ones' 'Hero of the Day', 'King Nothing' and 'The Unforgiven II', all of which are great songs, but the videos could easily be any other generic rock band from that era.

With that said though, this is a cool disc for any die-hard Metallica fans. Music video compilations are obsolete now thanks to YouTube, but it's still cool for a collector to have these on DVD, especially if they insist on owning everything a band puts out.

 Cunning Stunts by METALLICA album cover DVD/Video, 1998
3.94 | 23 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars It feels like a lifetime ago that I bought this DVD! Back in 2002, at the impressionable age of 15, this was such an awe- inspiring show to watch. Metallica were (and still are) so much larger than life, and everything about this home video release was amazing.

The main show, despite being at the peak of Metallica's mid-90's alternative rock era, shows a band who could rock out with the best of them, and while the set list may not hold up amazingly well by today's standards, it's still brimming with heavy metal and hard rock anthems.

There's an abundance of extras that show the behind-the-scenes process of the show and it's titular stunts, and the pre- show footage is a blast to watch, so much so, that lurking somewhere out there is a home video my friends and I (all aged 15 and in our first band) made of us embarrassingly recreating many of the scenes.

While Metallica has certainly released better home videos and DVD's, 'Cunning Stunts', with its top notch sound and picture, and brimming with fantastic visuals, still holds up just as well today as it did 20 years ago.

 Master Of Puppets by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.12 | 796 ratings

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Review by Zoltanxvamos

2 stars A Fine album by Metallica indeed! Sadly I can't give this album any higher than 2, I can't. I was willing to give this a 3 star just because it's a great album by a great metal band. However that's the problem, there isn't prog in here at all. The only Simi-Prog material on this album is the title track and that's just because of the unintentional odd time. Other than that and the fact this has an instrumental song on it, this has basically no prog at all. It's mostly 4/4, nothing is insanely hard to play, there are no wind instruments, the vocals aren't melodic and of high quality (for prog anyway), and for the most part this album sticks to the tradition metal structure. If this was metalarchives, this would get a 5/5, but this is ProgArchives. If it's not prog, on a prog website, it's not going to get a high rating from me. Opeth, BTDAM, Dream Theater, Symphony X, etc, etc, get 3 and higher because they are actually inspired by prog and have many prog elements. Do you honestly think Genesis or Yes, or King Crimson inspired these guys? They aren't, its not rocket science to see that this might be a good record, but it is nowhere near prog. If you want Prog Metal, listen to Opeth or Dream Theater, but not this.
 Frantic by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
1.64 | 14 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars I think there's no denying that 2003's 'St. Anger' is hardly a career highlight for Metallica. While certainly a pivotal moment in the bands history, the album itself is probably more a result of a well-documented time of turmoil for the band, than an actual critical success.

Which brings us to any promotional singles that were released, and there were a few. 'Frantic' is arguably one of the better songs from the album, which isn't really saying too much. Especially as this is standard Metallica fare. The title track, accompanied by two generic live recordings, in the case of CD1 of this two-disc set, 'Blackened' and 'Harvester of Sorrow'. Both original studio recordings are Metallica masterpieces... these live recordings... umm... rather forgettable, really.

Nothing overly special or remarkable, the band sounds quite rusty here, no doubt due to having not toured in a number of years at this point. None-the-less, this doesn't make for any notable live recordings, which ultimately makes for a rather mundane single release, which finds itself only worth owning for die-hard fans.

 All Nightmare Long by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.71 | 17 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars One of the best tracks from 2008's 'Death Magnetic', an album brimming with great songs, 'All Nightmare Long' rightfully received a single release and a promotional video, and as is always the case with Metallica, there's multiple versions and discs.

This one, disc one of a three-disc set, features the titular track, as well as live versions of 'Wherever I May Roam' and 'Master of Puppets'. Two exceptional tracks in themselves, overall, this single release doesn't really offer anything new, however.

It's not that there's anything wrong with the two live tracks, just that we've heard countless different live versions of them by now, that as great as the compositions are, there's nothing remotely notable about these two recordings in particular. Still, they're great songs, so whatever. And the title track is amazing, full of twists and turns, with some breakneck speed guitar riffs and Hetfield's voice sounding the best it has sounded in years. If nothing else, 'All Nightmare Long' is a great little nugget for fans and collectors.

 Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire by METALLICA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1984
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Review by TCat
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— First review of this album —
3 stars This collection combines both the 'Creeping Death' single and the 'Jump in the Fire' single, both originally made available singly in 1984. The combination of the two singles create an EP with a run time of over a half and hour, almost enough time to be considered an album.

The title track to Creeping Death was the one and only single released from the 'Ride the Lightening' album. It utilizes biblical references to when Moses commanded the plagues to help humble the Egypians. As the band was watching the film 'The Ten Commandments', they were impressed with the plague section of the film, especially the plague that took the first born child of every family, and Cliff Burton commented that it was like creeping death. The name and inspiration stuck. The lyrics are from the point of view of the Angel of Death. The song has got the usual heavy, thrash sound that Metallica was known for in their early days, before they commercialized their sound anyway. The guitar riff that comes in later in the track that acts as a bridge was originally written by Kirk Hammet when he was 16 years old, that's the part where the word 'Die' is repeated over and over in the background. 'So let it be written, so let it be done', part of the lyrics, come from lines right in the movie.

The next two tracks, 'Am I Evil?' and 'Blitzkrieg' are both covers, the first from the British band 'Diamond Head' and the latter from the band of the same name, 'Blitzkrieg'. 'Am I Evil' was originally on the Japanese version of the debut album 'Kill 'em All' as a bonus track and later included on the 'Garage Inc.' album in 1998. Metallica's cover was the one that popularized this song. The original version of the song had it's roots with the classical work 'Mars, the Bringer of War' from Gustav Holst's 'The Planets' and also uses a riff from 'Ring of Fire' by The Eric Burdon Band. This track reflects the faster thrash sound and rhythm that was apparent on their debut album. Before Metallica covered it, the song was only popular in the United Kingdom's heavy metal circles. The song was also influenced by 'Symptom of the Universe' by Black Sabbath. 'Blitzkrieg' was added to the re-release of 'Kill 'em All' as a bonus track and also on 'Garage, Inc.'. This is where it originally appeared, at least on the original version of the Creeping Death single. It is a much shorter track, but still continues in the same fast thrash sound as the previous track.

The second part of this collection is the 'Jump in the Fire' single. This was released as the 2nd single from 'Kill 'em All'. The song was written to sound like Iron Maiden's 'Run to the Hills'. The demonic creature on the front of the cover was actually taken from the front cover of the novel 'The Devils of D-Day' by Graham Masterson. The song reflects the less complex sound of the Kill 'em All album. The chorus is quite repetitive with the continued singing of the title phrase.

The next two tracks, or the B-sides to 'Jump in the Fire' are credited as live versions, but in actuality, they are alternative studio versions with crowd noise overdubbed on them. The first one is 'Seek and Destroy' which is inspired by 'Diamond Head's' song 'Dead Reckoning' with some of the guitar solos coming from 'Saxon's' 'Princess of the Night'. This is the best track from the 2nd half of the collection with more time for guitar solos because of the extended length of the track. The original song comes off of the debut album and it was also featured on the 'No Life 'til Leather' demo. The last track (also with overdubbed crowd noise) is 'Phantom Lord' which is one of the fastest tracks on this collection.

So, as it is, most of these tracks are available on various other recordings. However, there is something nice about having the original versions of these singles together on one recording and it also gives insight to the early (and better) days of Metallica as it features some of the earliest material the band every recorded. But, I believe ownership of this or the original singles is mostly only appreciated by collectors and die hard fans. The collection is pretty much obsolete, which knocks down the overall rating, but it is still a joy to have the collection, so 3 stars sound fair, mostly because of the obsoleteness of this collection.

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