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Formed: 1981
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Background

Metallica was first formed by Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, and future Megadeth member Dave Mustaine and Ron McGovney. They first played in L.A., but later found themselves at home playing in the San Francisco Bay area. The band later replaced Ron with Cliff Burton and Dave with Kirk Hammet as late as 1983.

On September 27, 1986, on the European leg of the Master of Puppets tour, Cliff Burton was killed in a bus accident in Sweden en route to their next show's location. Tragic as this event was, Metallica continued on and Cliff was replaced by Jason Newsted, who remained part of the band until 2001, when he finally annouced he would leave Metallica because of the damage he had done to his body touring and headbanging for fourteen years.

More than any other band, Metallica and their albums have been the yardstick with which to measure other heavy metal releases. Metallica practically defines "heavy metal" as a sub-genre of metal itself, although their music ranges from NWOBHM to Thrash in their earlier days. However, in the 1990s and beyond 2000, Metallica evolved a more mainstream sound, which helped them become a household name and the seventh biggest selling act in history.

Latest Metallica News

Below is our complete Metallica news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Sunday Old School 300: Metallica

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel and A Christmas Carol. These are stories that we all know and in the case of metal fans, another story everyone knows is that of Metallica. However, since it’s the three hundredth edition of Sunday Old School (hooray for us,) we'll be marking the landmark with a look at one of metal’s biggest bands, even if we do all know the documented story by now. A band which has always been both revered and reviled but continued to do things their way throughout their illustrious career. A band known simply as, Metallica.

The group was the brain child of a young, Danish heavy metal fanatic named Lars Ulrich, who had gone as far as to travel to Europe to see his heroes, Diamond Head, eventually staying with the band for a month. Upon returning to the United States, where he had lived since his teenage years, he was determined to form his own band, inspired massively by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, even name dropping groups from the movement such as Tygers of Pan Tang in his advertisement looking for like minded musicians, which answered by Leather Charm guitarists, James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner, though Metallica itself would not be formed until five months later, when the drummer asked Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel if his band could appear on their forthcoming, "Metal Massacre" compilation. More...

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Metallica New Official Pro-Shot Live Video Posted

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's June 4 performance at Rock In Vienna in Vienna, Austria, including guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich in a meet-and-greet with local fans, pre-show tuning-room footage, and the performance of the track "No Remorse".

Check it out now below.

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Metallica Lowers Download Price For Red Cross

Metallica today announced the band will significantly drop the price and offer fans a discounted digital download of the concert for the X Games Austin this Saturday, June 6th.

The deeply discounted price of $5 for all digital music formats (including FLAC) will start today and last until July 15th, 2015.

During this period, Metallica will donate ALL the money raised via these sales to the Central Texas Red Cross to assist victims of the recent floods.

The show recording is available for preorder here, and will be fulfilled a few days after the actual performance. More...

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Metallica Performs "The Unforgiven II" Live

Metallica performed the track "The Unforgiven II" live for the second time ever last Friday, May 29 2015 at the "Rock Im Revier" festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The Unforgiven II" was first aired during the band's December 1997 performance at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out now the fan-filmed live footage below.

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Metallica’s "Master Of Puppets": St. Anger Version

"I was bored, so I replaced all the snare hits with the St. Anger snaredrum. You're welcome." says YouTuber "data_dreams 2000."

Well I am not so sure many Metallica fans will appreciate this new version of the bands title track to the 1986 classic "Master Of Puppets" to be honest.

Check it out below.

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Metallica: Rock In Rio USA Fest Footage Posted

Professionally filmed video footage of Metallica's May 9 performance at the Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows: More...

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Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" Bluegrass Version

Finnish hillbillies Steve'n'Seagulls - who previously released bluegrass version's of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper", Dio's "Holy Diver"and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" - are back with a cover for Metallica's "Seek And Destroy". Their album "Farm Machine" is set to drop on May 12th via Spinefarm Records.

Check out now the bluegrass version of "Seek And Destroy" below.

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Stone Sour Covers Metallica

Stone Sour just checked in with this brief announcement about covering a Metallica track for Record Store Day:

"Our full cover version of Metallica's 'Creeping Death' is streaming now!

"Make sure to grab 'Meanwhile in Burbank,' which will be available in record stores this Saturday, April 18th!"

The song can be heard in the YouTube clip below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

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Metallica/Slipknot Mashup "Snuffing Else Matters"

Youtuber "The Taskmaster" is streaming a brilliant mash up combining the music of Slipknot's "Snuff" with the vocals of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters."

Check it out below.

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Metallica's "Enter Sandman" Banjo Cover Version

Metallica songs have been covered by countless artists in just about every genre imaginable. Now a banjo cover version of Metallica's smash song "Enter Sandman" courtesy of Banjo Guy Ollie can be seen below.

Says Ollie about the clip: "Coinciding with the end of my first year on youtube, this one took a while but here's a full version of 'Enter Sandman', the first one in my series of tributes to all the bands I loved from the '80s and '90s."

In addition to playing his namesake instrument, Banjo Guy Ollie does some nice mandolin shredding on the song, as well. Check it out below. More...

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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast Episode 45

The 45th episode of the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast opens up with "Weighing Down" by New England's band of the week In The Red.

This week co-hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Dustin Beaudrey ("F.A.N.") also discuss some hot topics brewing in the metal community as of late like Lars Ulrich being blamed for the lack of bass sound on Metallica's 1988 album "...And Justice For All," Veil of Maya adding clean vocals with the new song "Mikasa," and Otep dropping out of yet another tour due to the band's singer being violated.

We then conclude with In The Red's "Blink of an Eye" playing us out. Check out the full new podcast at this location and feel free to leave us your feedback!

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Kirk Von Hammett Adds New Events To Fear FestEvil

Kirk Von Hammett today announces the addition of a free outdoor Carnival of Chaos to take place outside of the RockBar Theatre in San Jose on Saturday, April 11th and Sunday, April 12th as part of his second annual Fear FestEvil.

The carnival will feature an authentic freak show, carnival games, hearse car show, Kirk's '36 Ford and crypt, and various vendors all weekend. Tickets are available at this location.

On Friday April 10th, guests attending the now SOLD OUT Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of 'whodunnit' mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who. Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special horror royalty as they try to crack the mystery open.

On Saturday April 11and Sunday April 12, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Ghoul, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah.

There will also be special guest appearances from Corey Taylor, Slash, John 5, Sara Karloff, Bela Lugosi Jr., Ron Chaney, Charlie Benante, and Bill Moseley. Sirius Radio's Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone's Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings. More...

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Metallica Releasing 1982 Demo

In celebration of Record Store Day on April 18th, Metallica will release "No Life 'til Leather" as a limited edition cassette.

The seven tracks were recorded in 1982 in Tustin, CA by the band's original lineup of James Hetfield: lead vocals and rhythm guitar, Lars Ulrich: drums, Dave Mustaine: lead guitar, and Ron McGovney: bass.

Straight from the archives, the original source material has been re-mastered to maximize the sound potential for 2015 without altering the original mixes. Metallica comments:

"This year we decided to celebrate Record Store Day with our friends at independent retail by taking a huge leap back in time to our humble beginnings with that little rectangle of plastic known as the 'demo tape.' In 1982 we recorded seven songs that became our initial calling card known as 'No Life 'til Leather' and it led us to our first record deal... the rest, as you some of you may know, is history! We hope you enjoy this little walk down memory lane with us and that you will continue to join us in supporting independent record stores around the world."

Look for expanded versions coming on CD, vinyl and a collector's set sometime this Summer. The track listing is as follows:

1. Hit The Lights
2. The Mechanix
3. Motorbreath
4. Seek & Destroy
5. Metal Militia
6. Jump In The Fire
7. Phantom Lord More...

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New Rock Band Finally Coming?

Remember late night drinking while belting out some Metallica, Devildriver, or even Emperor with your buddies back when music games where still a thing?

For awhile there they were the biggest thing in gaming, with friends getting together every weekend to drag out the fog machines, drums, plastic guitars, and mics. Unfortunately over saturation with too many games, released too quickly, and featuring too many different large investment devices, prematurely killed the genre.

Rock Band hasn't released a full game since 2010 with "Rock Band 3," and the era of the game truly came to an end in 2013 when no more official DLC was being released.

It looks like the current generation of consoles (PS4 and Xbox One) will be getting a new Rock Band iteration however. Harmonix, the creator of Rock Band, recently issued a survey asking fans if they'd like to see a new version of the game for the latest consoles, after which a variety of sites such as Tech Times and Polygon released stories about how the game is now in active development. More...

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Metallica: "Some Kind of Monster" Co-Director Dead

Bruce Sinofsky, who co-produced the Metallica documentary "Some Kind Of Monster", has died after a battle with diabetes. He was only 58 years old. Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger also filmed the 1994 movie "Paradise Lost" on the "West Memphis Three", a documentary about three teenagers convicted of murder.

States Metallica: "We lost a valued member of our family today as award-winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky passed away this morning. Bruce, along with Joe Berlinger, was the architect of our film "Some Kind Of Monster". Smart, funny and dedicated, Bruce was with us almost every day in the early 2000s and was an integral part of helping us to navigate the rough waters during those times. Although not very welcomed at times, he was there through some of the darkest times of Metallica. He became a dedicated comfort and visual lifeboat, while objectively observing the unraveling and rebuilding of our inner and outer selves. We admired Bruce and Joe's work in "Brother's Keeper", but, of course, were blown away by what Bruce and Joe accomplished with the "Paradise Lost" trilogy of films. With their relentless work and attention to detail, Bruce and Joe's films drew attention to the miscarriages of justice associated with the trial of three teens accused of murder and helped to lead to their eventual release from prison after over 18 years behind bars. After "Some Kind Of Monster", Bruce went on to do more brilliant work on the Sundance channel series "Iconoclasts" and History's "10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America", along with numerous other film and television projects. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bruce's family and friends. We will miss Bruce. A courageous man with deep empathy and wisdom who wasn't afraid to dig deep to tell the story. RIP Bruce."

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Metallica Posts Footage From Corporate Concert

On February 9, Metallica played a corporate gig at Pier 48 in San Francisco at a party hosted by Salesforce.com, a cloud computing company. Official fly-on-the-wall footage shot by the MetOnTour reporter can be seen below. The clip includes footage of the band warming up in the tuning room, and "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" from the show.

Before Metallica agreed to its gig for Salesforce.com in 2011, the band stipulated that several hundred members of its fan club be allowed to attend free. After that concert, one fan wrote on a forum: "Everyone is just pretty much standing there motionless with their cameras out."

Metallica is currently working on material for its 10th studio album for a late 2015/early 2016 release. The new CD will follow up 2008's "Death Magnetic".

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Sock Puppet Parody Posts "Master Of Sock Puppets"

Sock Puppet Parody has posted another video titled "Master Of Sock Puppets" which hilariously parodies Metallica's "Master Of Puppets".

Explains Sock Puppet Parody: "The song describes a lost sock that gets a shot at redemption when the master of puppets brings him to life."

Check out now "Master Of Sock Puppets" below.

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Viral Video: "The Big Four" 8-Bit Video Game

Filthy Frackers created an 8-bit video game trailer for "The Big Four" featuring none other than Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax in classic video game form.

The video takes classics such as Metallica’s "One", Slayer’s "Raining Blood", Megadeth's "Seating Bullets" and Anthrax's "Madhouse" and gives it a chiptune 8-bit twist, complete with video game visuals and cameos from the likes of Mario and Bowser in recreations of their songs.

Check out the full video below (courtesy of Loudwire).

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Fans Re-Record "St. Anger"

Re-recorded in it's entirety, #STANGER2015 is a project from Daryl G. and Chris D. (from Grace The Skies) and Dave C. (of Adust), and is a brand new version of Metallica's 2003 album "St. Anger."

You can stream the full re-recorded version below. Give it a listen and let us know if you think this one is better. The following press release was also issued:

"Recorded during a turbulent time in the bands career, St. Anger has always divided opinion. Some longtime fans were turned off by the drop tuned riffs and raw production, whilst some listeners embraced it, myself included. #STANGER2015 is for the listeners who weren't so fond on the record back when it was released in 2003.

"Recorded from the ground up, the album has been shortened by 15 minutes, yet every riff and lyric is intact, resulting in a more concise and focused record.

"The production is also more conventional, and we hope that Metallica fans appreciate this new version of an album that is always looked at as an anomaly in the incredible career of the world's biggest metal band, Metallica.

"Absolutely no money has been made from this project, and it has been created out of love for one of our favourite bands of all time. There will be no download links or alternative streaming options aside from this singular youtube video." More...

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New Fear FestEvil Event Announced

The next Kirk Von Hammett Fear FestEvil event will be a Murder Mystery Dinner / VIP Party at the legendary Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, CA on Friday April 10th, followed by another spectacular two-night Fear FestEvil musical punch at RockBar Theater on April 11th and 12th.

On the 10th, guests attending the Fear FestEvil VIP Party will enjoy a classic night of whodunnit mystery madness, dining alongside Kirk Hammett, touring the infamously eerie and atmospheric mansion, and trying to figure out who killed who.

Guests can expect twists, turns and clues from some very special horror royalty as they try to crack the mystery open.

On Saturday the 11th and 12th, Fear FestEvil friends heading to the RockBar Theater can expect to see some of the finest pieces in any modern horror collection as Kirk Von Hammett unveils more of The Crypt publicly, before throwing down some heavy music courtesy of Meshuggah, High On Fire, Orchid, Blues Pills, Agnostic Front, and Asada Messiah. Sirius Radio's Liquid Metal host Jose Mangin and 107.7 the Bone's Nikki Blakk will preside over proceedings.

"It has always been my intention that Fear FestEvil events carry both the weird and the loud," says Kirk Hammett, "and what better way to achieve another extension of what we want to do than eat dinner in a haunted house while solving criminal acts before a weekend of super kick-ass music?!" More...

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