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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)

3.39 | 447 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.09 | 585 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.12 | 708 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.94 | 587 ratings
... And Justice For All
1988
3.25 | 506 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.43 | 346 ratings
Load
1996
2.14 | 341 ratings
Reload
1997
1.72 | 381 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.34 | 391 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.10 | 228 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.48 | 97 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016

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

3.84 | 69 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.93 | 15 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 172 ratings
S & M
1999

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

3.55 | 30 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
3.68 | 61 ratings
S&M
1999
2.29 | 7 ratings
The Metallica DVD Collection Sampler
2000
3.37 | 19 ratings
Classic Albums: Metallica
2001
3.75 | 44 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
3.83 | 12 ratings
Live in San Diego
2005
1.06 | 8 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
3.25 | 12 ratings
Quebec Magnetic
2012
2.86 | 16 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
3.44 | 131 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 | 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
3.59 | 23 ratings
Creeping Death
1984
3.13 | 48 ratings
The $5.98 Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987
2.54 | 13 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
2.39 | 10 ratings
One (Live)
1993
2.11 | 10 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
5.00 | 1 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.60 | 5 ratings
Turn the Page
1998
2.82 | 11 ratings
Whiskey in the Jar
1999
2.57 | 7 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
3.11 | 18 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.65 | 8 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.73 | 11 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.59 | 13 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.29 | 16 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
3.94 | 15 ratings
All Nightmare Long
2008
2.92 | 7 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
2.79 | 51 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 King Nothing by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1996
3.32 | 10 ratings

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Review by thwok

3 stars I agree with the apparent consensus among the raters here. This is an enjoyable single from the underrated LOAD. Yes, it's not thrashy or even very metal. It's also not very progressive, which loses it some cred on our favorite website. These are still good songs, if not my first choice from the album. The title track could be summed up with the old cliche, "Be careful what you wish for." The flip side is an energetic live performance of "Ain't My Bitch." If anything, this proves that Hetfield and company can write melodies and harmonies, without the recent complexity and slick production . Definitely worthy.
 One (Live) by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1993
2.39 | 10 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars I always thought singles to promote live albums was a bit pointless, unless there was a certain novelty to it (like, say, playing with an orchestra). Promoting the 'Live Shit: Binge & Purge' box set, 'One' is a decent enough little package which features four cuts from the album, but true fans were going to buy the bundle regardless, which thankfully, would later be released in a smaller box, with the same CD's but featuring two DVD's instead of three VHS tapes (remember those?!).

Featuring four tracks, 'One' (which includes a small jam), 'Whiplash', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' and 'Last Caress', these are all staples in the Metallica live set, and there have been countless live versions recorded over the years, making this single pretty redundant.

Still, if you're a die-hard fan you'll want this for your collection, if such collectors actually exist, but otherwise, get the 'Live Shit' box set, as that's definitely still worth the investment. And in fairness, if you're actually reading this review then I'm going to assume you already own it, anyway.

 Garage Inc. by METALLICA album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1998
3.44 | 131 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars Released in 1998 during the heyday of their alternative rock phase, 'Garage Inc.' is a two-disc compilation of covers by heavy metal legends Metallica. Regardless of your thoughts on the band cutting their hair, Napster, Lars' drumming, selling out, Kirk's wah pedal, James being a table, or the countless other things the band have had thrown at them over their careers, one statement that holds up true is that Metallica have always done an incredible job at covering other artists songs.

Of course, part of that is probably the fact that about 95% of these bands would be absolutely unheard of if it weren't for Metallica in the first place. But regardless, Metallica have an incredible talent of doing covers in their own way to truly make the songs their own. With beefier guitars, production and Hetfield's trademark vocal style, pretty much all of these tracks are better than the original.

The first disc consists of covers recorded for this album in 1998, and while the song list is a little hit or miss, for the most part it's a solid effort. Well produced, well performed, and special mention to Hetfield's strong vocals here. The likes of 'Die, Die My Darling', 'Turn the Page', 'Astronomy', 'Whiskey in the Jar' and 'It's Electric' make this an interesting listen.

The second disc is a compilation of any covers the band had recorded in the past, either for various EPs or as singles b-sides. Some are better produced than others, but overall they're a solid bunch too. 'Am I Evil', 'So What', 'Blitzkrieg', 'Helpless', 'Breadfan', 'Last Caress' and 'Stone Cold Crazy' are more-or-less Metallica songs now. Such is the quality of these covers when compared to their original counterparts.

'Garage Inc.' came out at a weird point in Metallica's history. After going alt rock with 'Load' and 'Reload', but prior to working with an orchestra and all the drama that would follow with Napster and 'St. Anger', this album just kind of sits there, a small, subtle reminder that despite everything, Metallica were still metal fans at heart, who've never been afraid to wear their influences on their sleeve. At an excessive two and a quarter hours in duration, this can be a pretty enduring listen, but there's enough decent material here to make 'Garage Inc.' as vital a part of Metallica's discography as any of their studio releases.

 Nothing Else Matters (S&M version) by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
2.89 | 9 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars In an age where CD singles are extinct (or at the very least, nothing more than collectibles for die-hard fans), 'Nothing Else Matters' serves as nothing more than a three-song sample of Metallica's 1999 album, 'S&M'.

'S&M', a live album which saw the metal legends collaborating with Michael Kamen and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, is an outstanding release, and holds up well to this day for its fantastic performances and sound. It's well worth checking out, and mostly makes this CD single redundant.

But with that said, 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'For Whom the Bell Tolls' are done incredibly, with the orchestra perfectly adding to the metal classics, without being either underwhelming or overbearing. And '-Human' (pronounced 'Minus Human'), a new song exclusive to the album, is a great addition, and is a nice little extra for this CD, and shows that even in 1999, amidst their alternative rock lunacy, that Metallica could still out heavy most bands on the planet.

While this is redundant today, especially to fans who already own the S&M album, it's still a nice collectible for anyone that has to own everything that Metallica has ever put out.

 The Memory Remains by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
2.62 | 12 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars One of the better singles from Metallica's often underrated and wrongly dismissed 1997 release, 'Reload', 'The Memory Remains' is pure hard rock at its finest. With plenty of hooks, catchy sing-along lyrics, and "that vocal melody" (one of the few Metallica songs with a guest vocalist, British singer Marianne Faithfull), it holds up well as one of the better songs from the album.

Included with the title track are two demos. The first, 'Fuel for Fire', is a demo in progress of arguably the records most popular and well-known track, 'Fuel'. Admittedly, the lyrics are pretty laughable, but then, it's easy to say that when comparing it to the finished version we all know and love.

Then there's a demo of 'The Memory Remains', which is pretty terrible. Overly long, with very few distinguishable lyrics, most of it is just James Hetfield singing 'la la la' and 'na na na' over and over. Still, it's a rare look at what the band originally had intended, and if nothing else, this is what singles are made for.

Decent enough single for collectors only.

 Kill 'Em All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.39 | 447 ratings

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Review by thwok

3 stars While I can't be as harsh as many other reviewers, I do think that KILL 'EM ALL is often overrated in Metallica's discography. Maybe it depends on your opinion of this brand of metal. I often find it repetitive and derivative. While I love Metallica, and I recognize the probable historical significance of this album, I just can't get too excited about it. Compared to their mostly illustrious later albums, KILL 'EM ALL isn't all that progressive. Metallica were already excellent musicians at this point, and probably outclassed most of their thrash comrades. However, their creativity and songwriting abilities took a major leap with the next album, RIDE THE LIGHTNING.
 Six Feet Down Under Part II by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.63 | 7 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars Nobody ever really asked for part one, but here's part two anyway. 'Six Feet Down Under' is an Australian EP released to coincide with the bands 2010 tour to the continent. Australian's haven't been graced with yearly Metallica tours like the rest of us, so these two EP's were released as a small commemoration. They're sentimental items. Probably more meaningful to the people down under than they are to us. But us bloody collectors still need to own them anyway.

While part one featured bootleg editions of various tracks from Metallica's prior visits to Australia (four tours in total, two songs from each), part two features eight tracks from the 2010 tour. Voted in by fan club members from Australia and New Zealand, these are the typical Metallica live favourites that you'd come to expect, such as 'Master of Puppets', 'Ride the Lightning', 'Fade to Black' and 'Welcome Home (Sanitarium)'.

These aren't overly bad, the sound quality is alright and the performances are fine, though somewhat hindered by the bands age, but overall there's nothing wrong with this EP, other than the fact that we've heard these songs so many times by now. Whether in previous live albums, singles, EP's and all sorts, we've heard live versions of these tracks so many times, that this EP really is nothing new, and mostly irrelevant.

But much like the first disc, 'Six Feet Down Under Part 2' isn't meant to be taken seriously, and is merely intended as a nice memento to the Australian fans, and only really worth getting if you're a serious collector.

 Beyond Magnetic by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2011
2.79 | 51 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars Jokingly considered an apology to fans for the 'Lulu' album, which saw the band team up with Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed (to absolutely dismal reviews), 'Beyond Magnetic' is an EP consisting of leftovers from the 'Death Magnetic' recording sessions. Somewhat viewed by fans as the band trying to compensate for what was such a poorly- received release, sadly, 'Beyond Magnetic' isn't much better.

Everything about the four tracks featured seems so lifeless and "just there". It feels like the band are trying to be progressive, but the long, drawn out songs just don't favour them like they did in the 80's, and does more to emphasize their weaknesses as musicians than their strengths as songwriters. None of the riffs fit together and they all seem so disjointed, none of them flowing organically.

Three of the songs hit the seven-minute mark, while one of them staggers on to eight minutes, and it's just too much. They all drag with not enough interesting ideas to justify such long durations.

While 'Death Magnetic' is a great album, one of my major criticisms is the length, with each song in need of some serious cropping. However, it's all a moot point here, as no amount of cutting and editing could make these decent songs, and it's no surprise they weren't included on the record. If I had to be generous and find something positive to say, 'Just a Bullet Away' is a catchy track, though also suffers from jarring riff-changes and a tiresome duration.

Overall, this release is dirt cheap and easy to get hold of, but is only really worth the effort if you're a fan who needs to own everything.

 Six Feet Down Under EP by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
2.03 | 11 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

2 stars 'Six Feet Down Under' is an Australian EP, released in 2010, to coincide with Metallica's visit to the continent. While Metallica's constant touring might be something the rest of the world take for granted, Australia and New Zealand very rarely get to see the metal legends, and so this was intended as a commemoration of the band returning to the land down under.

Of course, that won't stop us non-Australians from wanting to snap it up!

'Six Feet...' consists of eight songs. Two from each tour in which Metallica played Australia, and all are bootleg quality. As they are, they're very rough and in some cases pretty rubbish. But if nothing else, it's interesting to hear the different stages of the bands career throughout each couple of tracks.

As for the songs themselves? The choices are fine, and actually avoids the same played-out and repeated hits such as 'Enter Sandman' and 'Master of Puppets', for ones not so common these days, such as 'Eye of the Beholder', 'Through the Never' and 'Frantic'. Probably could have done without 'Low Man's Lyric' though.

But overall, this isn't something to take super seriously, and is more of a sentimental gesture to the fans down under than anything else. Worth owning if you're a die-hard fan, but not worth getting upset about when it fails to meet any expectations you may have had.

 Hardwired...To Self-Destruct by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.48 | 97 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

3 stars Now, don't get me wrong, I love Metallica. I didn't mind them going alternative rock. I didn't mind them playing with an orchestra. I didn't mind them using trash cans for snares. But the only thing I've considered a detriment to all their albums since the mid-90's is that they're all so bloody long! And that has never been more evident than with 'Hardwired... To Self Destruct'.

The thing is, eight-minute songs (and longer) worked for the band back in the day, but since the rise of Dream Theater and progressive metal since the early 90's, it really feels like a field in which Metallica can't compete anymore. And in fact, maybe they were better suited to the stadium anthem vibe of 1991's self-titled album, because every song having a ridiculously and unnecessarily long intro, or intricate musical passages that feel like the band are just going through the motions, is getting a bit tedious now.

Criticisms aside, 'Hardwired...' follows on from 2008's 'Death Magnetic', in which Metallica have readily accepted a return to being a (thrash?) metal band. The music is heavy and fast, with lots of tasty riffs and each member really trying to get the most out of their somewhat limited musical prowess. Highlights include 'Moth Into Flame', which is one kickass tune, 'Now That We're Dead', 'Atlas, Rise', 'Spit Out the Bone' and 'Halo On Fire'. All of which are decent tracks that have the makings of great songs, but suffer from the aforementioned duration issues.

Special editions of this album came with a third disc, but there isn't much to write home about here. A bonus track (which goes on for too long), a few covers from various tribute albums, none of them are overly inspirational, and nine live tracks of songs we've already heard countless live versions of, make this hardly worth the investment.

After all that, however, 'Hardwired...' isn't a terrible album. It does show a lot of promise at times, but it really gives off an impression that Metallica aren't fully engaged with what they're doing unless they're trying something new or challenging themselves. Going alternative rock, playing with orchestras, theatrical movies, collaborations... seems like anything that takes them out of their comfort zone is really where they're most comfortable. While 'Hardwired...', to Metallica anyway, is just another metal album.

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