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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)

3.40 | 455 ratings
Kill 'Em All
1983
4.09 | 598 ratings
Ride The Lightning
1984
4.12 | 724 ratings
Master Of Puppets
1986
3.94 | 597 ratings
... And Justice For All
1988
3.25 | 514 ratings
Metallica [Aka: The Black Album]
1991
2.43 | 353 ratings
Load
1996
2.15 | 347 ratings
Reload
1997
1.72 | 389 ratings
St. Anger
2003
3.33 | 397 ratings
Death Magnetic
2008
2.09 | 233 ratings
Metallica & Lou Reed: Lulu
2011
3.49 | 103 ratings
Hardwired...To Self-Destruct
2016

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

3.82 | 70 ratings
Live Sh*t: Binge and Purge
1993
1.93 | 15 ratings
Live In London - Antipodean Tour Edition
1998
3.46 | 173 ratings
S & M
1999
4.09 | 2 ratings
Through the Never
2013

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)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire
1984
2.71 | 7 ratings
The Good, the Bad and the Live
1990
3.44 | 133 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
3.15 | 49 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
2.87 | 51 ratings
Beyond Magnetic
2011

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 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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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.

 Through the Never by METALLICA album cover Live, 2013
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Review by martindavey87

4 stars Right, you know the deal. It's Metallica, and it's a live album, which means live versions of songs we've already heard countless live versions of. 'Enter Sandman', 'Master of Puppets', 'One', 'Fuel', 'For Whom the Bell Tolls', 'Battery', 'Nothing Else Matters', 'Master of Puppets', 'Creeping Death' etc, etc... Whether it's on previous live releases, singles b- sides, live DVD's, or the fact that Metallica record every show to download from their website anyway, we've already heard live takes of these tracks plenty of times.

And I mentioned 'Master of Puppets' twice just now. Were you paying attention?

Take heed though, for 'Through the Never' isn't just another live album (well, it is, but let me explain). It's also the soundtrack to their live "movie", which is a bit of a weird concept, but fair play to them for trying something new. A live concert interlaced with movie footage that the band had had shot, featuring actors and telling a narrative based around a roadie for said concert, it wasn't a massive success for the band, but this live album on its own merits is still very good.

Because yeah, essentially, movie aspects aside, this is just another live album.

Released in 2013, it shows that the band still sound great live, which is a venue in which Metallica has always flourished. With a well-rounded set that incorporates most of their major hits (sixteen tracks is pretty limited by Metallica standards, but they did the best with what they had), it's got a good sound, and everyone's on top form.

Overall, this isn't an essential album to own, although it's very good, and has a very well-rounded and easily digestible set for any newcomers, but ultimately, Metallica have released other live albums that are more in-depth than this, making this serve as nothing more than something for collectors and fans to own.

 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 | 133 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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Nothing Else Matters (S&M version)
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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
3.40 | 455 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
2.87 | 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.

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