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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 discography


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METALLICA top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.39 | 435 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.08 | 563 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.12 | 687 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.94 | 570 ratings
... And Justice For All
1988
3.24 | 493 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.42 | 337 ratings
Load
1996
2.14 | 332 ratings
Reload
1997
1.72 | 372 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.34 | 383 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.09 | 220 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.50 | 87 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
1.71 | 14 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 172 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 | 58 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
3.18 | 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
3.40 | 126 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
3.50 | 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
2.48 | 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
1.94 | 9 ratings
Until It Sleeps
1996
3.18 | 8 ratings
Hero Of The Day
1996
3.67 | 9 ratings
King Nothing
1996
2.17 | 6 ratings
Mama Said
1996
3.25 | 8 ratings
Fuel
1997
3.00 | 10 ratings
The Memory Remains
1997
2.40 | 10 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
2.75 | 8 ratings
Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
1999
3.11 | 18 ratings
I Disappear
2000
3.00 | 2 ratings
Bay Area Trashers
2001
2.50 | 7 ratings
The Unnamed Feeling E.P.
2003
2.50 | 10 ratings
St. Anger
2003
1.48 | 12 ratings
Frantic
2003
2.21 | 14 ratings
Some Kind of Monster
2004
1.50 | 2 ratings
Live From Live Earth
2007
3.27 | 15 ratings
The Day That Never Comes
2008
2.19 | 12 ratings
My Apocalypse
2008
2.51 | 11 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
1.93 | 10 ratings
Six Feet Down Under EP
2010
2.29 | 5 ratings
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010
2.75 | 48 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 Kill 'Em All by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.39 | 435 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
2.29 | 5 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
2.75 | 48 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
1.93 | 10 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
3.50 | 87 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.

 Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu by METALLICA album cover Studio Album, 2011
2.09 | 220 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
3.50 | 87 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 | 372 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.

 Creeping Death by METALLICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.59 | 23 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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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.

Thanks to The T for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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