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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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Dave Mustaine Reviews New Metallica Album

The folks over at Metal Hammer / Team Rock managed to talk Dave Mustaine into reviewing the new Metallica record "Hardwired... To Self Destruct," and this going to be a major shocker to anyone who has read any articles about Dave Mustaine in the last decade or so: it's completely diplomatic.

There's no ranting about conspiracy theories. No absurd name calling. No outlandish proclamations. It's positively cordial! I dunno what new regimen you are on Dave (or what substances you are off...) but keep it up!

The only thing fans may be disappointed in is that it's a very generalized review, and doesn't really dive into any one particular song or segment. Excerpts from the review follow: More...

Read the full article at Teamrock.com.

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Rock On The Range 2017 Lineup Announced

An unprecedented lineup has been announced for the 11th annual Rock On The Range festival taking place May 19th, 20th, and 21st at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, OH.

Rock legends Metallica, Soundgarden, and Korn will each headline one night of the festival. Overall, Rock On The Range 2017 - fueled by Monster Energy - will feature over 50 bands performing on three stages, plus the comedians in the ROTR Rolling Rock Comedy Tent, The Music Experience, art installations, and unique onsite activities during the three-day weekend.

Presale and layaway tickets, as well as limited numbers of new Weekend Field VIP tickets and Premier (hotel and camping) Packages, are on sale now at this location. The Rock On The Range music lineup includes: More...

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"Hardwired... To Self Destruct" #1 Album In World

Metallica's 10th studio album, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct," debuted at No. 1 around the world today selling over 800,000 copies worldwide.

In addition to the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" is No. 1 on the album charts in: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, and Sweden with many of these markets having their best sales week of 2016.

In the United States, "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" debuted atop the Billboard Top 200 chart with over 291,266 equivalent album units and 281,645 actual album sales, and is the band's 6th consecutive No. 1 album in the United States. It is the largest debut for a rock band in 2016, and according to Hits Magazine, this is the third biggest debut of 2016 behind Beyoncé and Drake. It is currently the "Most Wished For" album on Amazon.com.

"Hardwired...To Self Destruct" was released on November 18th via Metallica's own Blackened Recordings record label. If you haven't heard it yet, video clips are available online for every single song here.

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Metallica Shares New Studio Videos

Metallica has uploaded a behind the scenes looks at the writing process for "Here Comes Revenge", taken from the band's new album "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct".

Check out now "RL72 - The Making of "Here Comes Revenge"" below.

Watch them as well work on "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame" after the jump: More...

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Just For Fun

Metallica & Jimmy Fallon Perform "Enter Sandman"

Metallica guest starred on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to participate in one of Fallon's "Classroom Instruments" segments with The Roots. The recurring segment features Fallon, The Roots and major artist performing hits with instruments found in a high school music instruments.

In the latest version of the skit, Metallica assisted in performing "Enter Sandman." The performance can be viewed here:

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Metallica Posts "Spit Out The Bone" Video Clip

Metallica issued a video clip for the new song "Spit Out the Bone." The clip is one of the ongoing onslaught off issuing video clips for every song on the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct" every two hours until it drops tomorrow, November 18th. Simultaneously and ironically, the band will also make the entire discography available on Napster for streaming.

Check out the clip for one of the thrashiest numbers of the album "Spit Out the Bone," which was directed by Phil Mucci here:

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Metallica Debuts New Song & Video "Halo On Fire"

As part of Metallica's plan to release a music video for each track of the upcoming new album "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", the band has been dropping a new clip every few hours.

The seventh to hit the web in the series is "Halo On Fire", which was directed by Herring & Herring, who also directed several of the other videos that have already debuted. "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct" will be released this Friday, November 18th.

Check out now "Halo On Fire" below.

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Metallica Releases Video For Every Song On Album

In an unprecedented move for Metallica and echoing Kataklysm's 10 videos last summer, the band will release music videos for each song from forthcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" starting today at 12:00 PM EST. A new video will be released around the world every two hours.

New songs and their videos will premiere right up to when the clock turns over at midnight in New Zealand, where the first official copy of the new album will be available worldwide. The videos - shot around the globe - will give fans the opportunity to hear the long awaited Metallica album two days ahead of its official November 18th release via Blackened Recordings.

We've embedded those already released below, and will update this article with the new clips as they come online.

Directors for the videos include: Jonas Åkerlund, who originally worked with the band on "Turn The Page" and "Whiskey In The Jar," Clark Eddy ("Atlas Rise," and countless "Making of . . ." clips), Tom Kirk ("Moth Into Flame"), Claire Marie Vogel, Jessica Cope, Rob Valley, Phil Mucci, and Metallica's very own videographer Brett Murray. More...

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Metallica Announces Blackened Friday

Metallica will celebrate the release of forthcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" with fans and independent record stores around the world as part of Blackened Friday.

Starting on Thursday November 17th, 100 independent record stores will open at midnight to sell the new album. Stores will be stocked with music, prizes, and additional limited edition exclusive items to give away free with purchase.

On Friday the 18th during normal business hours, stores around the world will be hosting Blackened Friday events with music and giveaways of limited edition items. All items available while supplies last. Contact your local store for details.

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," a 2 CD / 2 vinyl set, is Metallica's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic. For more information on Blackened Friday, visit this location. More...

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Metallica Debuts New Song "Atlas, Rise!"

The Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Metallica today debut "Atlas, Rise!"

The song is the third track to be released from Metallica's upcoming album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct", due for release on the band's own Blackened Recordings on November 18th, and follows previously released tracks "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame."

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is Metallica's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic". Check out "Atlas, Rise!" below.

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Metallica To Release New Song On Halloween

The Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees from Metallica will unleash "Atlas, Rise!" to fans this coming Halloween at 3:00 PM EST / 12:00 PM PST.

This song will be the third track to be released from Metallica's forthcoming album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," due for release on the band's own Blackened Recordings on November 18th, and follows previously released tracks "Hardwired" and "Moth Into Flame."

To help get into the Halloween spirit, starting this Friday, October 28th, Metallica fans around the world can visit select independent record stores for the chance to obtain a free limited edition "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" Halloween mask.

Inside of each mask fans will find a special access code that will allow them to hear "Atlas, Rise!" 30-minutes prior to it's official release on Halloween. To see a complete list of participating record stores, visit this location.

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is Metallica's first studio album since 2008's multi-platinum "Death Magnetic."

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Metallica Posts Tonight Show Footage

The members of Metallica made their Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut last night (September 29th) when they performed new song "Moth Into Flame" for the first time on national television.

If you missed the band's T.V. appearance, a video of the performance can be seen in the YouTube player below.

"Moth Into Flame" is taken off Metallica's forthcoming album "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct," which is scheduled to be release on the band's own Blackened Recordings this coming November 18th.

To hear more from the impending album, be sure to also check out the "Hardwired" video here. More...

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Metallica To Appear On Tonight Show

Metallica will make a Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon debut tonight performing new song "Moth Into Flame" for the first time on national television. The show airs at 11:35 EST/PST on NBC.

"Moth Into Flame" is the second track to come online from Metallica's forthcoming album "Hardwired...to Self-Destruct," scheduled to be released via the band's Blackened Recordings on November 18th.

The song's world premiere took place on The Howard Stern Show through SiriusXM earlier in the week and shortly after a music video came online directed by Tom Kirk. More...

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Metallica Releases "Moth Into Flame" Video

Metallica has released another new music video and single for "Moth Into Flame." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct."

The album is due out November 18, 2016. Pre-orders ordered at this location will begin shipping the week of November 14th.

The 2CD album track list is:

Disc One

1. Hardwired (see music video here)
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone

Check out "Moth Into Flame" here: More...

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Metallica: "Global Citizen" Live Footage Posted

Metallica performed a brief set at "Global Citizen" festival held at Central Park in New York City, NY, Septe,ber 24th, 2016. You can catch the band again live in New York at Webster Hall this Tuesday, September 27th, where Metallica will perform a special show for their "The Fifth Member" fan club. More details on that can be found HERE.

Check out now "For Whom The Bell Tolls" and "Master Of Puppets" live at Global Citizen Festival 2016 below.

"For Whom The Bell Tolls":

"Master Of Puppets": More...

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Metallica Premieres Live Video Of "Hardwired"

Metallica premieres official live footage of themselves debuting the band's new single "Hardwired" past Saturday, August 20th, in Minneapolis, MN. The song is the first the band has released from the upcoming new album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct", out November 18th.

Check out now "Hardwired" below.

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Crowbar Comments On Metallica Cover Similarities

By now you've probably heard the news of Metallica's upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" coming in November.

Everybody and their dog has had an opinion on the first track released, but there's been less talk of the distinctive cover art. Turns out Kirk Windstein from Crowbar has some thoughts, sharing the image bellow and issuing this post via Facebook:

"In all fairness, after touring with the mighty Metallica, while in Down... I know the fellas know who Crowbaris... however, I seriously doubt that any member of Metallica stole this idea from us. Maybe the artist? Anyway you slice it...it's a cool cover idea!!! Now James and Lars, go listen to 'Odd Fellows Rest!' Lol." More...

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Metallica Comments On New Album

Metallica will release eleventh studio album, "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct," on November 18th, 2016 via Blackened Recordings.

The 2 CD / 2 vinyl set is the Grammy Award winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee's first studio album since 2008's "Death Magnetic."

"Hardwired...To Self-Destruct" is available for pre-order at this location starting today in various configurations. The album was produced by Greg Fidelman, who engineered and mixed "Death Magnetic."

"Has it really been eight years? Doesn't feel like it! Nudge, nudge, wink, wink," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "We're obviously beyond psyched to share new tunes with all our friends out there. We've been rockin' along in the studio with Greg on and off for the last 18 months firing up the creative engines again. Putting new music out there, getting in your faces once again and all that comes with it is what we love to do more than anything else, so strap yourselves in ... INCOMING!"

"Hardwired," the first track to be released from the forthcoming album, was played for the first time during a live remote broadcast from Metallica's HQ in the Bay Area. During an interview with Minneapolis rock station 93X, Lars Ulrich stunned 93X's Pablo by unleashing the incendiary song for the first time, much to the surprise (and delight) of the station.

If you haven't heard it yet, an official video for the track is available here. Metallica will also perform this Saturday, August 20th, at U.S. Bank Stadium - the new home of the Minnesota Vikings. The band's performance will be the first rock concert at the venue and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes.

Additionally, in celebration of Saturday's performance, the band will be launching the official Metallica Pop-Up Store in Minneapolis this weekend, featuring exclusive show merchandise and items not available anywhere else. More...

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Metallica Announces New Album "Hardwired"

Metallica has released a new music video and single for "Hardwired," the title track of the upcoming new album "Hardwired...To Self Destruct." Check out the clip in the player below.

The album is due out November 18, 2016. Pre-orders will begin shipping the week of November 14th. You can pre-order now at this location.

The 2CD album track list is:

Disc One

1. Hardwired
2. Atlas, Rise!
3. Now That We’re Dead
4. Moth Into Flame
5. Am I Savage?
6. Halo On Fire

Disc Two

1. Confusion
2. Dream No More
3. ManUNkind
4. Here Comes Revenge
5. Murder One
6. Spit Out The Bone More...

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Metallica To Live Stream Minneapolis Show

Pandora just announced today the service will live stream Metallica's headlining performance at Minneapolis' new U.S. Bank Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 20.

The band's performance is the first rock concert at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes. The live stream will begin at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 20. Pandora listeners can tune in the day of and catch it on replay at this location.

Metallica, which has nearly 2 billion spins on Pandora, also curated an exclusive mixtape in celebration of the show and live stream. The mixtape features songs handpicked by all of the members of the band and includes an eclectic mix of all-time favorites and recent discoveries from across the spectrum of music.

"We love being invited to the opening party of new buildings, so when the opportunity to break in the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis presented itself, we of course jumped at the chance," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Thanks to our friends at Pandora, if you can't make it to Minneapolis, you'll still be able to partake in the festivities." More...

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