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METALLICA is a heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California, in the United States, in 1981. 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 perf...
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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 429 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.07 | 555 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.10 | 677 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.92 | 564 ratings
...And Justice For All
1988
3.24 | 488 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.42 | 334 ratings
Load
1996
2.14 | 329 ratings
Reload
1997
1.72 | 370 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.35 | 379 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.08 | 218 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.55 | 82 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016

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

3.87 | 68 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.77 | 13 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 170 ratings
S & M
1999

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

3.54 | 29 ratings
Cliff 'Em All
1987
2.20 | 11 ratings
2 of One
1989
3.28 | 17 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Pt. 1
1992
3.83 | 17 ratings
A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica... Continued (Pt. 2)
1992
3.90 | 21 ratings
Cunning Stunts
1998
3.67 | 57 ratings
S&M
1999
2.29 | 7 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.37 | 19 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.76 | 43 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
1.06 | 7 ratings
Metallica- Kill Em All To St. Anger (The World's Greatest Albums)
2005
3.69 | 17 ratings
The Videos 1989 - 2004
2006
3.75 | 8 ratings
Franšais Pour Une Nuit
2009
3.18 | 11 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.85 | 14 ratings
Through the Never
2014

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

2.71 | 7 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.41 | 124 ratings
Garage Inc.
1998
3.20 | 5 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
3.25 | 4 ratings
No Life 'til Leather demo
1982
2.75 | 4 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
3.56 | 9 ratings
Whiplash
1983
2.54 | 22 ratings
Jump in the Fire
1984
3.56 | 22 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
3.15 | 48 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
2.48 | 12 ratings
Eye of the Beholder
1988
3.07 | 17 ratings
Harvester of Sorrow
1988
3.88 | 27 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
3.09 | 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
2.50 | 7 ratings
One
1993
1.82 | 8 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.19 | 7 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.75 | 8 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.20 | 5 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.25 | 8 ratings
Fuel
1997
2.89 | 9 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.33 | 9 ratings
The Unforgiven II
1997
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.60 | 5 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.80 | 10 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
2.67 | 6 ratings
Die Die My Darling
1999
4.33 | 6 ratings
No Leaf Clover
1999
2.86 | 7 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
3.18 | 17 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.50 | 7 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.44 | 9 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.40 | 11 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.19 | 13 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
1.50 | 2 ratings
Live From Live Earth
2007
3.21 | 14 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.14 | 10 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.47 | 11 ratings
Cyanide
2008
2.78 | 8 ratings
The Judas Kiss
2008
3.94 | 14 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
2.92 | 6 ratings
Broken, Beat & Scarred
2009
1.81 | 7 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
3.00 | 4 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.82 | 45 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.08 | 218 ratings

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Review by mlkpad14

3 stars Overall, LuLu is a good experimental album.

It has some drawbacks: it doesn't flow good, and I don't think Lou Reed's voice really fits with the instrumentals.

I love both Metallica and Lou Reed.

Metallica have always been ridiculed for their new material. St. Anger is one of my favorite albums of all time, and yet no one could stand their sound on that album. Metallica's new album is also awesome, yet people look down on it just because "the old stuff is better".

Lou Reed is an old rock n' roller, and a true 70s experimentalist. He has a real great voice; he's so talented with words. The Velvet Underground were groundbreaking when they came out - they are still a real treat.

Put that together... these artists were having fun. Atonal pieces are hard to get into; this one wasn't done the best either. Still good, though... Why all the hate?

 Hardwired...To Self-Destruct by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.55 | 82 ratings

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Review by mlkpad14

5 stars 5/4/17 (3 1/2 stars) - "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct" was 5 stars when it came out. Each single was major, and I stayed up all night listening to the album on the day of its release. What's more, that day I was packed with so much energy - in short, the album rejuvenated me.

The problem with the album is not that it isn't as good as Metallica's earlier stuff because honestly, it is still really good. Rather, the problem is that it just doesn't last. Unlike the true goodies and all the 5-star albums out there, it does not guarantee all those months and even years of listening. Hardly can most imagine the next generation listening to this album, and rather obvious is that absolutely no one in the generation afterward would have even heard of it.

As far as the album goes, people have managed to agree that it is pretty much modern-sounding thrash. "Hardwired" is most likely the craziest song on the album, with its three minutes of chaos. All the other songs are pinned at six or seven minutes, a reasonable length. While the first disc is half singles and all epics, the second disc is made up of slightly more gradual pieces. That is to say, they are still all thrash and epic, but not to the same extent as the first disc's

"Spit Out The Bone" was the perfect song to end the album, and the deluxe version's third disc had all of the right songs, as well. "Ronnie Rising Medley" and "When a Blind Man Cries" would have went unnoticed if they weren't included, and the older Metallica songs were surely some of their best.

In short, "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" is a fantastic album for Metallica to have released as possibly their last new studio work. On the other hand, it will be lost in time, and it has already lost its appeal to most of those that have excessively listened to it. It is quite sad... well, it is still awesome that they have made it this far. If Metallica can release another album just as good, I'm sure everyone will be flattered.

5/18/17 (EDIT: 5 stars) - I made the mistake to review this album before I saw most of it live. The second Metallica started with "Hardwired" my mouth dropped open and I was lost in a world of crazy fantasy. Honestly, as they continued through "Atlas, Rise!", "Moth Into Flame", and "Now That We're Dead"... It is awesome how my opinion changed so drastically!

This is an album for the centuries, and nothing Metallica has done or will do will EVER go to waste!

 St. Anger by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2003
1.72 | 370 ratings

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Review by mlkpad14

5 stars St. Anger gets hate, but if someone were to forget Metallica's older releases maybe they would more so appreciate the album.

Actually, "St. Anger" happens to be one my favorite alternative albums and one of my favorite albums by Metallica.

James Hetfield has supported on many occasions the amount of anger and emotion that went into the album's making. He has stated that, "There's two years of condensed emotion in this. We've gone through a lot of personal changes, struggles, epiphanies, it's deep. It's so deep lyrically and musically."

To me, that is what this album stands for, and that is what the mood it conveys. So this album fits at times when I am really angry, or at times when I am, ironically, really happy.

The album, in my opinion, can be paired with other similar alternative albums such as Slipknot's ".5: The Gray Chapter" and Korn's "Path of Totality." At the same time though, it can be paired with thrash metal releases in the same category as most of Metallica's other albums.

The album is no doubt timeless, but it looks like nobody will ever realize so. Sad to say the least.

 Ride The Lightning by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1984
4.07 | 555 ratings

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Review by poito

2 stars 2.5 As usual with this band, the themes are flat, a fast smashing beat and a guitar riff not particularly creative. It is difficult to find musical values, anything new, original, or imaginative. It is obvious the band does not have such skills. It is probably the less creative band in the heavy metal scene. Meat for angry teens. In this album, at least we may find some effort in thath they dare to include some acoustic notes and some themes with a structure other than a fast pounding beat. Even, some interesting themes, like the For Whom The Bell Tolls and the almost acoustic Fade to Black. No fireworks anyway. I have this idea that Metallica has been included in PA because some consider it had an influence on Dream Theater, a truly prog metal band. That is a very poor reason, and if that were true, it is not something DT may be proud of, and doesn't need it. I mean, we all were sinners back then, don't we?
 Master Of Puppets by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1986
4.10 | 677 ratings

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Review by poito

1 stars The difference between heavy metal and death metal is already in the name. Death metal kills music, the bands just want to say loud they are angry and we are modfok. Is that a reason to be in PA? Even the worst album by metal drillers Iron Maiden, White Snake, Savatage, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, etc etc has more music inside. I grew up with heavy as most people did, and well, whoever says this MOP is at the same level as masterpieces like Fragile, Selling England by The Pound, Machine Head, or In the Court is simply an illiterate. I used to be an illiterate myself, but lucky me, I was educated by friends, and thousands of hours listening about everything. And when the time came I took care of not letting my children to listen to Sesame Street or Smurf music, or two-notes songs of any kind so to keep their young brains detoxified, and I was also very choosy when feeding them with heavy metal.
 ...And Justice For All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.92 | 564 ratings

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Review by poito

1 stars Don't know what is this doing here. I mean, are we prog? Where is prog or anything related to prog in this band? I certainly do not understand the inclusion of famous bands in PA just because they are popular. It must be a question of money-makers,? again. Always there, always everywhere. Don't you realize that albums like this, which contains less than nothing in terms of inspiration, creativity, virtuosity, or anything is scored at the same level as all-time masterpieces? Who opened this door? This band is a factory product, a leftover of the disc-industry era, a bunch of hairy bodies scratching guitars, with less musical sense than a snail. Too bad PA let this in.
 Creeping Death by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.56 | 22 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars Metallica's 'Creeping Death/Jump in the Fire' EP, combining two singles/EP's on one disk, is a nice little collectable for die-hard Metallica fans, although being difficult to find nowadays. it's not really worth the effort, especially since the bulk of the songs (or should that be "the most important ones") are more easily available elsewhere.

The title track is arguably one of the best tracks from the 'Ride the Lightning' album, and the two accompanying covers are good, but again, are easier to obtain on other releases, namely, the 1998 album 'Garage Inc.', which collects every cover Metallica had recorded up to that point along with new ones recorded specifically for that album. The two songs in question are 'Blitzkrieg', originally by the band Blitzkrieg (who?) and 'Am I Evil', by Diamond Head (who... ah, never mind), a song Metallica have covered so well and so often that it has more-or-less become their own.

Unfortunately it's the "second half" of this EP that ruins it for me, the 'Jump in the Fire' section, which consists of the aforementioned song and two live cuts.

Whilst I like the album 'Kill 'Em All', I don't consider 'Jump in the Fire' to be an overly memorable song, and the two "live tracks" (rumoured to be normal tracks with crowd noises dubbed in) sound awful by the standards of todays live albums, whether the dubbed-in crowd story is true or not.

Overall this is a cool addition to the collection if you love Metallica and look to own everything, but since this can be pretty tricky to find anyway, it's really not worth the effort.

 The Unnamed Feeling E.P. by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2003
2.50 | 7 ratings

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The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
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Review by martindavey87

2 stars I've never been ashamed to say that I like the 'St. Anger' album. I suppose somebody has to! And while I recognize it's flaws and why people look at it with such disdain, from a musical point of view, 'The Unnamed Feeling' is definitely one of the better tracks on the record (if there are any good ones, to begin with), and totally justified for it's release as a single. Or an extended play. Whichever.

To accompany the feature track here, we're given six live cuts from one of Metallica's shows of that time period. While these are a nice addition for collectors, unfortunately they're still pretty dull. Bearing in mind that these were recorded in 2003, a time when the band were still "rediscovering" themselves, and Hetfields vocals were pretty cringeworthy at that point, you'd be better off listening to any of the many other live recorded versions of these tracks, and there are plenty of them.

There is one random nugget of joy however. James Hetfield: "I forgot the [%*!#]ing words!". Haha! Brilliant.

I won't dwell on this one too much. If you're a loyal Metallica fan then this belongs in your collection. However, if you didn't like 'St. Anger' (so basically, everyone), this EP really isn't worth getting, and the live tracks certainly won't give you any incentive.

 The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.15 | 48 ratings

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The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
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Review by martindavey87

3 stars Having barely mourned the loss of bassist Cliff Burton after his sudden and tragic death, Metallica were back in the studio, breaking in newcomer Jason Newsted with this short collection of covers.

'The $5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited' (bit of a mouthful, that) is a nice little E.P. that shows that even at a young age, Metallica were always good at doing cover versions, although the song choices themselves are quite obscure and certainly not the most exciting. I mean, let's be honest, how many people can honestly say they were Diamond Head fans or Holocaust fans before Metallica covered them?

With that said, the band are on point here, and although this release was mostly meant for fun, it still shows a band full of ambition and enthusiasm. With production that, whilst sounding rough in places, fits the music perfectly and gives just the right amount of punch and grittiness.

Any praise or criticisms aside, there's really no point in tracking this down these days. I say this because all five songs offered here appear on the 'Garage Inc.' album, a compilation of newly recorded and every previously released cover Metallica have done. And unless you're a collector looking to own everything, you're better off just getting that.

 S & M by METALLICA album cover Live, 1999
3.46 | 170 ratings

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S & M
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Review by martindavey87

4 stars When it was first revealed that Metallica's next endeavor would involve playing with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, I can only imagine the disgust and doubt that crept into the minds of fans. After the divisive 'Load' and 'Reload' albums, and the covers album 'Garage Inc.' (none of which were likely to convert anyone), most people must have thought Metallica had lost their minds to consider playing with an orchestral ensemble.

Thankfully, Metallica proved them all wrong.

This album is great! Not only does it highlight the progressive elements in Metallica's music, but also how adaptable it can be to other genres. It's really hard to visualize what Metallica's music would sound like with a symphony backing it, but the orchestra, conducted by world-renowned Michael Kamen, take the band's songs and make their own arrangements and compositions from them, blending the two with ease to create an all-out attack on the senses.

Featuring pretty much all of their big hits, the band come across as stronger than ever. The musicianship is of a high standard, and some would argue that James Hetfield's vocals are at their absolute peak. And two new songs, '-Human' and 'No Leaf Clover', show that, at a time when the band leaned more towards hard rock than metal, they could still go toe-to-toe with some of the heaviest bands the genre has to offer.

I don't really have any major complaints with 'S&M', although, if I can indulge in a bit of nitpicking (everyone's a critic at heart), there are one or two songs I'd have maybe left out in place of an alternative. For example, 'The Thing That Should Not Be' does nothing for me, and where the hell is 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'?! Still, all the classics are here, with songs like 'Master of Puppets', 'Battery', 'One' and 'Bleeding Me' never sounding heavier.

In all honestly however, I've never really been too big on live albums, preferring the crisp and polished production of a studio recording, so this being a studio album would have been a huge plus for me. But still, it's fantastic none-the- less, and definitely as essential to any music collection as the bands earlier output.

Thanks to The T for the artist addition.

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