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


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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Mustaine's Vision With Megadeth: Destroy Metallica

When asked by a fan on Twitter what his measure of success and vision was when starting Megadeth, he answered:

“My measure of success was if I ate that day or not, and my vision was destroy @Metallica and stop living in a van. Good thing I got over my animosity for leaving the band. I’m glad we reconciled… where’s the Big 4 shows???””

Mustaine was ejected from Metallica in the early 80s for his drug abuse. Mustaine and Metallica reconciled back in 2004.

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Metal Parenting: Watch 11 Year Old Cover Metallica

Watch 11 year old Avery "Drummer" Molek cover Metallica's "For Whom The Bell Tolls" below. The kid also has covers of Rush's "Subdivisions" and Dream Theater's "Dance Of Eternity" on his YouTube channel.

Check this kid out:

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Lars Ulrich Discusses Metallica’s Early Days

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich talks about punk and his own band’s early influences in the below recently shared video from the upcoming documentary, "Inside Metal: The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal". The documentary will be officially released on January 19th.

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Gibson Sues Funko For Usage Of Their Guitar Design

Gibson Brands Inc. have filed a suit against Funko over its usage of Gibson like designed guitars with their vinyl figures for various rock and metal artists. Gibson sued Funko earlier this month in California federal court, arguing that it owns the trademark for the Les Paul guitar, including the use of its likeness in toys, and that the pop culture toy company didn't seek permission for its wildly popular vinyl figures to hold Gibson-design guitars. Funko has released figures of current and former Gibson endorsed musicians, including members of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses and Kiss.

Gibson Brands Inc. claims that the suit follows an unsuccesful attempt to initiate a retroactive licensing deal for the usage of their guitar designs with the vinyl figures.

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Thrashback Thursday: Trapped Under Ice

Over the past few weeks, the Thrashback Thursday column hasn't quite lived up to its name by featuring grindcore songs, namely; Napalm Death's, "Suffer The Children" and Brutal Truth's, "Sugardaddy," with the proto-black metal staple, "Satanic Rites" by Hellhammer being featured the week before. While it's been made clear from the start that this column won't focus solely on thrash metal, this week we'll be heading back to the eighties to take a look at a song from thrash metal's biggest band, Metallica and the song, "Trapped Under Ice" from their beloved album, "Ride The Lightning."

"Ride The Lightning" was Metallica's sophomore full length album, being released a year after their debut, "Kill 'em All" and brought a lot more melody to Metallica's sound than previously heard, perhaps most notably on, "Fade To Black" and the instrumental closer, "Call of Ktulu." However, there was plenty of heaviness still on offer, including the twisting riffs of Metallica classic, "For Whom The Bell Tolls," the sharp shocks of opener, "Fight Fire With Fire" and the Moses biopic, "Creeping Death."

However, the track we'll be examining this week, "Trapped Under Ice," showcases everything that was great about Metallica in their prime. On the album, the song brings listeners right back to frantic energy after the preceding number, "Fade To Black" and displays a sound which is all about speed, opening with a guitar intro and breaking into a wild riff, it's reminiscent of wild horses and motor racing less than 30 seconds into the song. There isn't much in the way of vocal melody, which is actually a plus when delivering the panic stricken and paranoid lyrics, however there's still enough to create a catchy, if brief, chourus. "Trapped Under Ice" is arguably one of the more overlooked songs on this classic album, but it's a perfect snapshot of the young thrash metal genre, showcasing a youthful energy and passion which would make the sub-genre such a success and by extension, why Metallica would become thrash's biggest ambassadors, at least for the decade. More...

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Watch: Christmas Tracks Gone Metallica, Ozzy Etc.

There’s a considerable number of metal and hard rock interpretations of holiday songs to be found in the latest edition of "Ten Second Songs". YouTuber Erock helps hammer out some of the tunes in the style of Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, System Of A Down, Iron Maiden, Marilyn Manson etc..

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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Indonesia’s President Gets Signed Metallica CD-Box

Indonesia president Joko Widodo‘s love of metal is well-known since he took office back in 2014. For that reason Denmark’s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen recently presented Widodo with Metallica‘s latest "Master Of Puppets" deluxe box set as a diplomatic gift. The deluxe box set presented was appropriately enough autographed by one of Denmark’s most famous sons, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich.


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Metallica's Production Team Reminisce On The Album

In honour of Metallica‘s classic full-length “Master Of Puppets” being re-released past Friday as a remastered deluxe box set, the band sat down with the album’s producer Flemming Rasmussen and mixer Michael Wagener on Lars Ulrich‘s Beats 1 Radio show, "It’s Electric!". You can watch them all chat their time working on “Master Of Puppets” below:

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Metallica Posts 1986 "Master of Puppets" Live Clip

Metallica has shared live footage of the band performing "Master of Puppets" at 1986's Roskilde Festival. The clip is from Metallica's deluxe box set of Master of Puppets which is out this Friday, November 10th.

Check it out below.

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Metallica: 'Damage, Inc.' 1987 Live Version Posted

Metallica has shared a never-before-heard live version of "Master of Puppets" classic "Damage, Inc.". Recorded during the group's January 25th, 1987 show at the Grugahalle in Essen, Germany, it's one of many rarities exclusive to the remastered deluxe box set and 3xCD versions of the upcoming "Master of Puppets" reissue. The re-release will be out November 10th via the band's website and select record stores.

Check out now "Damage, Inc. (Live at Grugahalle, 1987)" below.

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Metallica Shares "Battery" 1986 Live Footage

Official live footage of Metallica performing "Battery" live in Nagoya, Japan back on November 17th of 1986 is streaming below.

The footage is included on the upcoming deluxe box set of the band's forthcoming remastered edition of "Master Of Puppets", which will arrive in stores on November 10th.

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Metallica Re-Issuing "Master Of Puppets"

Metallica will reissue third album, "Master of Puppets," on November 10th via the band's own Blackened Recordings.

The album has been remastered and will be available in various digital and physical configurations, from a regular CD all the way up to a box set.

Pre-orders are up here where fans can see the full package details and track listing. Those who pre-order the standard album will receive an instant download of "Disposable Heroes (Remastered)."

The "Master of Puppets: reissue will be available physically as a standard LP, standard CD, 3 CD expanded edition, and a limited edition deluxe box set. Watch James Hetfield unbox the reissue below.

"Master of Puppets" was originally released on March 3rd, 1986, via Elektra Records and went on to become the first Metallica album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. More...

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Metallica Streaming Tonight's Edmonton Show

After engaging in some silly carpool karoake and releasing another music video for "Now That We're Dead," Metallica has more in store for fans.

Tonight - Wednesday the 16th - Metallica will live stream the final show of the band's current North American trek in Edmonton.

To stream the final show of the North American leg of the "WorldWired" stadium tour, head to this site or navigate to the band's YouTube channel at approximately 8:45p Mountain Time (10:45p EST / 9:45p CST / 7:45p PST).

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Metallica's Episode Of "Carpool Karaoke" Posted

The entire clip of comedian Billy Eichner and Metallica on Carpool Karaoke has finally been released.

They play "Metal Have I Ever," sing Rihanna and The Little Mermaid, and make their way into a supermarket to get randos to sing "Enter Sandman."

You can watch the entire thing with your Apple Music subscription here.

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Metallica Premieres New "Now That We’re Dead" Clip

Metallica today premieres a second official music video for "Now That We’re Dead", showcasing a live show recently performed in Mexico City, Mexico.

The clip was directed by Brett Murray. Check out now "Now That We’re Dead" below.

This video comes on the heels of the band's latest album "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" being certified platinum and selling a million albums.

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Metallica's New Album Certified Platinum

Metallica's latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" has been certified Platinum for selling upwards of a million albums.

The band was recently presented with Platinum plaques by Blackened Recordings executives at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.

Metallica also recently unleashed a live video for current single "Now That We're Dead" shot during the 2017 "Hardwired" world tour, which can be viewed below.

For a complete list of upcoming live Metallica dates, visit the band's website here. More...

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Metallica Posts Stephen Colbert Performance

Last night Metallica performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS for the first time.

Catch the band performing "Now That We're Dead" from latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" in the player below.

You can also still hit these remaining "Hardwired" Metallica 2017 tour dates:

May 17 - Uniondale, NY - New Coliseum^
May 19 - Boston, MA - Gillette Stadium ^#
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock On The Range Festival
June 4 - St. Louis, MO - Busch Stadium^#
June 7 - Denver, CO - Sports Authority Field*^
June 9 - Dayton, IA - Iowa Speedway
June 11 - Houston, TX - NRG Stadium*^
June 14 - San Antonio, TX - Alamodome*#
June 16 - Dallas, TX - AT&T Stadium*#
June 18 - Chicago, IL - Soldier Field*# More...

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Metallica To Perform On The Late Show

Metallica will perform tonight on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert for the first time. Tune in to CBS at 11:35p / 10:35p CST (check local listings) to see the band perform "Now That We're Dead" from latest album "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct."

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and multiple-Grammy Award winning band also recently kicked off the "WorldWired" 2017 North American tour in support of that album.

The tour launched last week in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium. Below you can find a professionally shot live clip of the band performing "Atlas, Rise!" at the tour opener. Fans can also purchase the live audio recordings from each date on the tour at here.

The "WorldWired" tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. More...

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Metallica Kicking Off North American Tour

Metallica will kick off the WorldWired 2017 North American tour in support of latest album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" tonight in Baltimore, MD at M&T Bank Stadium.

The tour will crisscross its way across North America into the summer, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winning band's first proper North American tour since 2009. Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat will be the main support acts for the tour run. See below for a list of all confirmed dates and visit this location for complete ticket info.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label and debuted at No. 1 around the world, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide in its first week. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. More...

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