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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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Podcast

Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 10

This past Tuesday, April 1st, dawned with a bang and ended with the agonized wail of countless deceived, angry, and fed-up folks. It's what the kids these days might call "butthurt." Even in this high-speed age of unlimited information, it seems that some still have trouble checking the calendar or fact-checking stories.

Your Metalunderground.com Official Podcast co-hosts, Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) found this all quite amusing. So in the irreverent spirits of Mark Twain, Orson Welles, and The Onion, they decided Tuesday evening to chuck all journalistic ethics and decency right out the window and wage a valiant, side-splitting battle against truth.

This week's episode is one hundred percent fact-free, and features a tongue-in-cheek rundown of some of Metalunderground.com's 2014 April Fools highlights, posted as headlines throughout Tuesday.

Among the lampooned: every single member of Metallica (in what is sure to be an evil, thrashing comeback effort, "Hell Hath No Fury"), prison escapee Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), evasive interviewee Phil Anselmo (Pantera, etc.), would-be cinematic deity Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), and noted Oscar-lacking actor Leonardo DiCaprio, whose "Meshuggah face" in the recent hit "The Wolf Of Wall Street" has earned him an onstage guest appearance with the twisted Swedish metal titans.

Please forgive the avalanche of lies and silly humor; we advise you to remove your "serious" caps for this episode. Also, a few bong rips beforehand wouldn't hurt. Take a listen here and enjoy!

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Author Seeking Crowd Funds For Download Fest Book

Author Ian Carroll has launched a crowd funding campaign to release a book about the many bands he has interviewed at the Download festival.

Full details on the campaign and perks for contributing can be found at Kickstarter here. Carroll comments:

"In 2005 I started to write the book of the Donington & Download Festival (including Monsters Of Rock at Milton Keynes).

"I was coming to the end of completing the Official Book of the Reading Festival and saw Donington as the second release in my 'Festival Series' of books, covering my favourite festivals that I attend every year - Donington/Download Festival is the longest running rock festival in the UK, covering all genres from rock to classic rock, Emo to Screamo, Punk to Hardcore, Black Metal to Death Metal and every style in between, plus in the last 5 years the addition of drum & bass and dance - the festival that caters for all.

"I have traveled the length and breadth of England interviewing bands and artists for the book and have had some great times in amongst the hard work. I've also had many phone interviews from Metallica to Testament, Lordi to Staind, Alice Cooper to Queensrÿche and also what was possibly one of the legend Ronnie James Dio's last interviews, prior to cancelling his final UK tour." More...

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 8

It's been a juicy week of controversial metal news, and your hosts on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast couldn't wait to fry a couple of the biggest fish for your listening enjoyment.

Co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) gets right down to business with a detailed review of "Lost Forever // Lost Together," the anticipated sixth studio album from Brighton, England's "post-metalcore" heroes Architects.

Next, Kevin and co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) set their sights on the band that's delighted and enraged metal fans the world over - but without whom none of us seem able to live - Metallica. The band recently performed a lengthy new number dubbed "The Lords Of Summer," of which bootlegged footage soon surfaced. Rather than lobbing the lawsuits of yore, Metallica graciously responded by releasing a "Garage Demo" cut of the tune, which your hosts examine in as fair and balanced an approach as possible.

Finally, the bombshell of the week: Arch Enemy's two-punch announcement that longtime frontwoman Angela Gossow had stepped down from the microphone and that Alissa White-Gluz (formerly of The Agonist) had replaced her. Kevin and Mike hash out the potential implications of this change and what it means to them, all the while marveling at just how well this secret was kept under wraps until an official music video was ready for release.

Whether this development reinforces or diminishes Mike's recent OpEd on sexist cynicism in metal, "From Dicks To Chicks," we'll leave up to you. Regardless, take a listen here, relax, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.

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Metallica Posts "Lords Of Summer" Demo Track

Just days after fan filmed footage of Metallica performing the new track "Lords of Summer" live in Bogota, Colombia hit the web, the band is now streaming a "garage demo" version of the track (see player below).

Check out "Lords of Summer" here:

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Fan Filmed Footage Of New Metallica Song Posted

Fan filmed footage of American metal stars Metallica performing a new song entitled, "Lords of Summer" live in Bogota, Colombia has been posted online and is available to watch below.

It is not yet known whether or not the song will appear on the band's next studio album, which Metallica is rumoured to be recording sometime later this year, or if it is still a work in progress, but details will be revealed as soon as they become available. More...

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Sabaton Comments On Bonus Cover Tracks

For the upcoming new record "Heroes," Swedish heavy metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track listings, including all the bonus tracks that will be available.

Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.

"Heroes" will be released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band comments on the bonus tracks:

"METALLICA - ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls:' All of us are old fans of Metallica The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.

"BATTLE BEAST - ‘Out Of Control:' Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.

"RAUBTIER - ‘En Hjältes Väg:' Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover-version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album "Heroes.'"

The track listings will be as follows: More...

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Metallica Streaming Lang Lang Collaboration

Metallica & Lang Lang have released the track "One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)," which was recorded on January 23rd at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA during rehearsals for the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

The track is now available for streaming online and can be heard in the SoundCloud player provided below, or a digital copy is available at iTunes here.

In other Metallica news, the band also recently announced it is gearing up to enter the studio and record a follow-up to "Death Magnetic." More...

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Metallica Releases Song With Lang Lang

In a step closer to spiral_architect's prediction of a collaborative album, Metallica & Lang Lang today released "One (Awards Show Rehearsal Version)."

The song was recorded on January 23rd at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA during rehearsals for the 56th annual Grammy Awards.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Cares, and the track can be bought at iTunes here. More...

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Dio Tribute Album To See Release

Ronnie James Dio is one of the most beloved figures in rock history. His gifts, both as a singer and songwriter, are instantly recognizable, whether he was with Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, or leading Dio. Sadly, Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010, but his towering voice and legacy live on.

To celebrate one of rock’s most powerful voices, an all-star group of his friends and fans recorded 13 of their favorite tracks for a tribute album that will raise funds for the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Produced by his longtime manager and wife Wendy Dio, the album includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as Metallica, Motörhead, Scorpions, Anthrax, and Rob Halford, as well as appearances by many of the musicians who performed with Dio over the years.

"This Is Your Life" will be available from Rhino on April 1st, 2014. The track listing is as follows:

1. “Neon Knights” – Anthrax*
2. “The Last In Line” – Tenacious D*
3. “The Mob Rules” – Adrenaline Mob
4. “Rainbow In The Dark” – Corey Taylor, Roy Mayorga, Satchel, Christian Martucci, Jason Christopher*
5. “Straight Through The Heart” – Halestorm*
6. “Starstruck” – Motörhead with Biff Byford*
7. “The Temple Of The King” – Scorpions*
8. “Egypt (The Chains Are On)” – Doro
9. “Holy Diver” – Killswitch Engage
10. “Catch The Rainbow” – Glenn Hughes, Simon Wright, Craig Goldy, Rudy Sarzo, Scott Warren*
11. “I” – Oni Logan, Jimmy Bain, Rowan Robertson, Brian Tichy*
12. “Man On The Silver Mountain” – Rob Halford, Vinny Appice, Doug Aldrich, Jeff Pilson, Scott Warren*
13. “Ronnie Rising Medley (Featuring A Light In The Black, Tarot Woman, Stargazer, Kill The King)” – Metallica*
14. “This Is Your Life” – Dio

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Metalunderground.com Official Podcast, Episode 2

In the second official episode of the Metalunderground.com podcast (and third installment overall), hosts Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) discuss two major current topics, one of excitement, and one of general dismay. In case you can’t wade through the whole shebang, we’ve provided timestamps as signposts to help you along the way.

Ever since British extreme pioneers Carcass knocked it out of the park last fall with their long-awaited return “Surgical Steel,” speculation has run rampant regarding a similar comeback effort from a group of contemporaries: Gothenburg metal fathers At The Gates.

Disbanded in 1996 and reformed in 2008 for the specific purpose of touring, At The Gates in January 2014 began teasing fans with cryptic hints of something brewing in the studio. To little surprise but great delight, Century Media Records recently confirmed the band’s signing for a new album titled “At War With Reality,” the first since 1995’s influential “Slaughter Of The Soul.” [00:01:07] Check out your hosts’ wealth of opinions on this anticipated momentous occasion.

On a drearier note, Kevin and Mike next take aim at the embarrassing spectacle of the recent Grammy Awards [00:15:13] and its decidedly out-of-touch grasp on metal culture. From the Best Rock [00:16:10] and Best Metal [00:19:27] Performance categories, to Metallica’s bizarre rendition of “One,” [00:24:47] to the botched broadcasting of a joint performance by Nine Inch Nails and Queens Of The Stone Age, [00:30:43] to the posthumous snubbing of Slayer’s Jeff Hanneman, [00:45:14] fan reactions to the ceremony ranged from the puzzled to the disappointed to the downright insulted. This conversation tackles all three – and then some.

Listen or download the podcast here, and enjoy.

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Headline News

Black Sabbath Wins Grammy Award

Back in December the Grammy nominees for "best metal performance" were announced, and if you've forgotten the lineup was as follows:

"T.N.T." - Anthrax
"God Is Dead?" - Black Sabbath
"The Enemy Inside" - Dream Theater
"In Due Time" - Killswitch Engage
"Room 24" - Volbeat Featuring King Diamond

While many put their money down on Volbeat, it turns out Black Sabbath actually took home the win for "God Is Dead?"

The track was also nominated for "best rock song" and the new album "13" (reviewed here) was up for "best rock album," although Sabbath didn't actually snag a win in either of those categories. Here were the nominations for best rock song and best rock album: More...

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Metallica Preparing To Enter The Studio

After performing live in Antarctica and releasing a 3D movie, Metallica is finally gearing up to enter the studio and record a new album.

In an interview with Billboard.com, Kirk Hammett states Metallica will be entering the studio in a few weeks, and he also comments:

"When we start, that's going to be our main priority, and we're pretty excited about it because we've been saying we need to start working on this album, but we've been procrastinating greatly with it. We've pretty much come up with every sort of excuse we can not to start work on the album, but we've run out of excuses, so we pretty much have to start work on it now."

He also goes on to say, "You hear about these bands that are sitting in the studio and they don't have any songs, what are they gonna do? That's not Metallica. Metallica's problem is the total opposite. We have too many ideas. James (Hetfield) has, like, 800 ideas. I have 400. Those number alone are just crazy. That's formidable."

This new, as-yet-untitled album, will follow the disastrous flop "Lulu" and the band's 2008 album "Death Magnetic" (reviewed here).

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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OpEd

"That's Not Metal!"

“THAT’S NOT METAL!”

One of the most oft-hurled accusations among metalheads, to a point where people waste inordinate amounts of time bickering over this crucial distinction on which one’s very identity seems to depend, usually online.

Why? What’s hanging in the balance here? For let’s face it: at the end of the day, this is music we’re talking about – an art form, subjective by definition, and utterly dependent on individual taste. While arguments over politics and religion can get pretty silly, the importance attached to such views is still far more understandable than the absurd fervor with which many fans defend metal’s imagined gates of purity.

For all the fun metal has to offer – heck, I wouldn’t be writing about it were I not an avid fan – its overall fanbase is popular music’s most self-loathing and self-destructive, collectively and metaphorically speaking. In fact, many metalheads may take issue with my inclusion of metal in the “popular music” category, which itself is, I believe, the root of the problem.

Examining the sometimes-bizarre pathology of metal’s less-than-savory fanhood has long been an interest of mine, and while I don’t have the space (and you certainly don’t have the time) to unravel all my thoughts here, I will submit this: “That’s Not Metal,” quite often, is a smokescreen, a self-deluding attempt to marginalize an album, band, or entire subgenre one doesn’t like or doesn’t feel represents him.

It is a cultural form of denial. For when one identifies himself as Metal – and it’s a strong, dominant form of expression – all it takes is a ladle of insecurity to send him scurrying to defend the uniqueness and purity of his very identity.

I will now evaluate a pivotal development in metal history that may help explain the origins of this splintering trend within the genre. More...

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Metallica Footage From Antarctica Available

Metallica recently played a live show in Antarctica, and photos from the set can be found at the band's Facebook profile here. An hour and a half long video from the show is available below. Metallica comments:

"This was the most unique show Metallica has ever done. The band, contest winners, research station scientists (from Russia, South Korea, China, Poland, Chile, Brazil and Germany), and the ship crew, all crammed in this little dome out on the helipad of Carlini Station in ANTARCTICA!

"The energy in the little dome was amazing! Words can not describe how happy everyone was. The band cranked out 10 songs for the small crowd including Creeping Death, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Sad But True, Welcome Home (Sanitarium), Master of Puppets, One, Blackened, Nothing Else Matters, Enter Sandman, and Seek & Destroy.

"No word on if there were any penguins were attendance."

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Metallica Adds Final Round Of All-Request Shows

Metallica today announced the final round of live dates for Europe next summer.

In addition to the six dates already announced in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and England, today the band announced visits to Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria, and Poland.

See below for a complete list of 2014 European dates with on-sale information. For the first time, the multi-platinum, award-winning band will be performing an All Request show. Details on voting for the band's set lists can be found here.

May 28, 2014 - Beach Sonisphere - Helsinki, Finland (On-Sale 12/12)
May 30, 2014 - Gardet Royal Park - Stockholm, Sweden (On-Sale 12/10)
June 1, 2014 - Valle Hoven Sonisphere - Oslo, Norway (On-Sale 12/10)
June 3, 2014 - Gaol - Horsens, Denmark (On-Sale 12/10)
June 4, 2014 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale Now)
June 9, 2014 - Landgraaf Pink Pop - Landgraaf, Netherlands (On-Sale 3/15)
July 1, 2014 - Rock In Rome Sonisphere - Rome, Italy (On-Sale 12/5)
July 3, 2014 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium (On-Sale 12/7)
July 4, 2014 - St. Jakobspark Sonisphere - Basel, Switzerland (On-Sale 12/7)
July 6, 2014 - Knebworth Park Sonisphere - Knebworth, England (On-Sale Now)
July 8, 2014 - Aerodrome Festival - Prague, Czech Republic (On-Sale 12/5)
July 9, 2014 - Krieau Rocks - Vienna, Austria (On-Sale 12/5)
July 11, 2014 - National Stadium Sonisphere - Warsaw, Poland (On-Sale 12/6)

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Metallica Adds More By-Request Shows

Metallica today announces additional live dates in Europe next summer. In addition to three dates in Germany revealed last week, the band has added dates in The Netherlands, Belgium, and England.

See below for a list of announced dates, and dditional dates will be announced later this week. For the first time, the multi-platinum, award-winning band will be performing an All Request show. As a special tribute to their fans, the band has introduced "Metallica By Request," the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience. Get details right here.

June 4, 2014 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany
June 5-8, 2014 - Rock Am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany
June 6-9, 2014 - Rock Im Park - Nuremberg, Germany
June 9, 2014 - Landgraaf Pink Pop - Landgraaf, Netherlands
July 3, 2014 - Rock Werchter - Werchter, Belgium
July 6, 2014 - Knebworth Park Sonisphere - Knebworth, England

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Metallica Letting Fans Vote On Setlist

Metallica today announced that the band will bring an explosive live show to fans throughout Europe next summer with an All Request show, a first for the multi-platinum, award-winning band.

As a special tribute to the fans, the band will introduce "Metallica By Request," the ultimate interactive Metallica concert experience. Fans who purchase tickets online to these upcoming European dates will be invited to vote on the set list Metallica will play at that show - giving them the chance to help build their dream set list from 30+ years of Metallica's material and close to 140 recorded songs to date.

Metallica's traditional 18-song set will include the 17 top voted songs as well as a brand new song. Fans will be able to visit the Metallica website to see what songs fellow fans are voting for and the results of their specific shows.

"We are once again psyched to break free of the four walls in the studio to get energized by our devoted European friends for a couple of weeks next May and June," said Lars Ulrich. "On top of that, the fact that all our nutty fans will pick the songs we play should be some next level fun and take a big load off my shoulders as the guy who usually writes the set list!"

Currently announced dates are as follows (with more coming next week):

June 4 - Imtech Arena, Sonisphere - Hamburg, Germany (On-Sale November 29)
June 5 - 8 - Rock am Ring - Nürburgring, Germany (On-Sale November 27)
June 6 - 9 - Rock im Park - Nuremberg, Germany (On-Sale November 27)

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Metallica Announces 3D Movie's DVD Release

Metallica today announced that the band's 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never," will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, digitally, and V.O.D. (Video On Demand) on January 28th, 2014 viah Blackened Recordings.

Formats will include a standard 2-disc package on DVD, Blu-ray, or 3D Blu-ray, as well as special expanded versions.

The DVDs and Blu-ray will include extensive behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film, including an 80+ minute "Making Of 'Metallica Through The Never'" documentary, various interviews with the cast and crew and never before seen Metallica content.

Metallica fans will also be able to purchase a limited-edition deluxe package containing a piece of the actual stage used in the film, a lithograph print autographed by all four band members and more.

The digital format will include the feature film, as well as the "Making Of 'Metallica Through The Never'" documentary. For more information on each DVD format, visit this location. The film will also be available for rental and download via V.O.D. on January 28 in the U.S., and at a later date (tbd) in Canada. More...

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Lou Reed Passes Away

It has been widely reported across the Internet that Lou Reed passed away yesterday at the age of 71.

Reed was a member of Velvet Underground and also collaborated with metal icons Metallica for the "Lulu" album.

In 1999, Reed snagged a Grammy win for the documentary "Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart."

The cause of death was apparently due to problems with his liver transplant earlier this year. CNN.com reports:

Lou Reed, who took rock 'n' roll into dark corners as a songwriter, vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet Underground and as a solo artist, died Sunday, his publicist said.

The publicist, Peter Noble, confirmed Reed's death but released no details. Reed had undergone a liver transplant in May, his wife, the musician/performance artist Laurie Anderson, disclosed over the summer.

Reed's physician, Charles Miller of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, has confirmed now that the cause of death was liver disease. More...

Read the full article at CNN.

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Metallica To Appear On The Colbert Report

Metallica will make a rare T.V. appearance to chat and perform live on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report" this coming Tuesday, September 24th.

The band is appearing in support of "Metallica: Through the Never," which is a 3D movie set to hit IMAX on September 27th and regular theaters on October 4th. Check out a teaser trailer for the movie below.

The two disc CD soundtrack "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)" will also be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th. More...

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