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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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Just For Fun

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.

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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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Metallica Plays "Enter Sandman" On CBS

Metallica has been taking part in a week-long residency on The Late Late Show, and the other night performed "For Whom The Bell Tolls."

If you missed it, you can still watch footage of that performance this location.

Last night Metallica continued the nightly residency by performing "Enter Sandman" on the Craig Ferguson show.

See the iconic track being performed below. You can also catch Metallica's final performance of the week tonight on CBS at at 12:35/11:35 C.

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Metallica Performs On The Late Late Show

Metallica just kicked off a week long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.

In case you missed it, Metallica performed "For Whom the Bell Tolls" on night three of the residency. Check out footage below.

Don't miss the band's next performance tonight at 12:35/11:35 C on CBS.

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Heavy Metal What Ifs

"What If?"

As a geek growing up in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was little greater joy than in paging through comics in a spinner-stand at my local grocery store. Sure, there were the usual Supermans, Batmans, Spider-Mans, Archies and Hulks, but every now and then, if I was really lucky, a copy of Marvel's "What If?" would be waiting for me. More...

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Metallica To Perform On The Late Late Show

Metallica will kick off a week long residency on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson with tonight's entire episode devoted to the band.

Metallica will then perform every other night this week. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is on at 12:35/11:35 central on CBS. Full details are available at this location.

Metallica will also release a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray of the long out of print "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" on November 24th, 2014.

This ten-year anniversary release marks the first time "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" will be available digitally and via video on demand. The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives," a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band's second film, "Metallica: Through the Never," which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.

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Metallica Releasing 10th Anniversary Edition DVD

Metallica today announced the release of a ten-year anniversary 2-disc Blu-Ray of the long out of print "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" on November 24th, 2014.

Originally released on July 9th, 2004, "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" follows the band through three turbulent years in a three-decade long career, and gives viewers an incredibly raw and intimate look into the lives and psyches of the members of one of the most successful rock bands in music history battling through addiction, domestic life, backlash from fans, and near-total disintegration during the making of the "St. Anger" album.

The documentary, directed by Joe Berlinger & Bruce Sinofsky (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost 1-3), won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This ten-year anniversary release marks the first time "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" will be available digitally and via video on demand. The updated version will contain an additional bonus feature, "Metallica: This Monster Lives," a 25 minute follow-up piece filmed at Toronto International Film Festival 2013 during the release of the band's second film, "Metallica: Through the Never," which features interview footage with the band and Berlinger & Sinofsky that looks at the decade since the release of the documentary film.

On Black Friday Record Store Day, November 28th, 2014, Metallica will also release a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of "Lords of Summer." Side A will feature the "First Pass" (studio) version of "Lords Of Summer" as well as a previously unreleased live version recorded at the Rock In Rome Sonisphere Festival on July 1st, 2014. Side B will feature a laser etching of the Metallica "M" logo. This collectable vinyl will only be available through independent retail and Metallica's website. More...

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Exodus Streaming New Track Featuring Kirk Hammett

The wait is over! Today, the Bay Area thrash metal pioneers in Exodus unleash their blistering new track "Salt The Wound," which features an intense guitar solo from none other than original Exodus/Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett.

Check out the track below, thanks to Rollingstone.com. "Salt The Wound" is cut from the new Exodus album "Blood In, Blood Out," hitting stores on October 14th, 2014 in North America via Nuclear Blast.

Guitarist Gary Holt explains that Hammett was more than ready to play on the album: “Having Kirk play on the new Exodus record kind of came about after I played so many shows with Metallica while touring with Slayer over the past four year. It started the same way most of these things do, as a lot of chatter while having a good time, but Kirk was more stoked to play on the new record than anyone.

"He never got to play on anything with Exodus since the first demo despite being a founding member, so I think it really meant a lot to him. Coming full circle so to speak. So I chose the song 'Salt the Wound' since I thought the rhythm section for the first lead was right in his wheelhouse, and he killed it! He came in and busted out several takes and his solo compliments mine perfectly. Then we drank beer and ate barbecue! Epic time!” More...

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Gene Kirkland Releasing Classic Photos

Rock n’ roll photographer Gene Kirkland, known for photographing the biggest names in rock and metal throughout the 80’s and 90’s, has opened up his archives for the first time.

Kirkland teamed up with Black Lightning Gallery to unearth a stash of shots that had remained hidden and locked away since those glory days – many spanning back nearly twenty years. The following press release was issued about the restored images:

"Black Lightning Gallery undertook what can only be described as a painstaking labor of love to curate, restore and unveil these rare images. In addition, they worked to select iconic, renowned shots to be released as limited edition fine art prints.

"Kirkland has unveiled the first selection of images from the collection, including Guns N’ Roses during the 'Sweet Child ‘O Mine' video shoot, Ozzy Osbourne backstage with a white dove, Iron Maiden at Long Beach Arena in 1985, Motley Crue during the 'Girls, Girls, Girls' video shoot, Randy Rhoads, Steve Vai with David Lee Roth, Metallica with Cliff Burton, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Van Halen and many more.

"Visit Black Lightning Gallery and experience their brand new online presence! The new site features many exclusive images, hand signed by Gene Kirkland himself, which are all available to the public for purchase as limited numbered editions. The website has many fan bonuses including exclusive looks at images of backstage passes from the shows, personal memories from Gene Kirkland and many more. Once the numbered limited editions sell out, there will not be reprints! More historic images will be added over time."

Kirkland also adds: "I hope you enjoy looking back at these amazing memories as much as I enjoyed capturing them. These photographs hold very dear memories of a glorious time and I am proud to have them available to fans worldwide." More...

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"...And Justice For Art" Book Cover Revealed

Our very own Ramón ‘Oscuro’ Martos just unveiled the cover artwork for his upcoming revelatory book "...And Justice For Art: Stories About Heavy Metal Album Covers."

This one-of-a-kind collection of stories recounts all the particulars behind the making of artwork as iconic as Slayer's "Reign In Blood," Morbid Angel's "Blessed Are The Sick," Metallica's "And Justice For All," Black Sabbath’s “13,” Death's "Symbolic," Carcass "Heartwork," Cormorant's "Dwellings,” Mayhem’s “Grand Declaration Of War,” Testament’s “Dark Roots Of Earth,” Opeth’s “Heritage” and many others.

These are told through 100 exclusive interviews with heavy music’s icons like Jeff Walker (Carcass), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Max Cavalera (Soulfly, Sepultura), Fenriz (Darkthrone), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row), Paul Masvidal (Cynic), Chris Adler (Lamb Of God), David Vincent (Morbid Angel), Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) and more. In addition, it features plenty of revealing commentaries by illustrators such as Michael Whelan, Eliran Kantor, Dan Seagrave, Joe Petagno, Arik Roper and Travis Smith, just to name a few.

“Working on the And Justice for Art book was an amazing experience,” comments illustrator Vertebrae33 — who has previously collaborated with artists like Slayer, Slash, and Soundgarden. “Ramon Oscuro Martos has an unbridled love of Metal art as well as a tremendous amount of passion and vision for his project. As an illustrator, there is nothing better than a vision realized and the satisfaction of the client. I am excited to see Ramon's project come to fruition!”

Martos comments: “Today’s Metal scene is overflowed with illustrators and visual artists; however, just a few posses the ability to create distinctive images, rich in detail, colors, and conceptual depth... That’s the case with Vertebrae33. Since the very beginning he was able to understand that And Justice For Art’s cover needed to be iconic and conceptually related to both Metal and Arts. I believe this book will coherently provide fans with plenty of first-hand information regarding to the creation of many iconic Metal album covers. The artwork created by Vertebrae33 perfectly introduces the reader to that world where music and visuals become one.” More...

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Kirk Hammet And Chuck Billy Guest On Exodus Album

Bay Area thrash metal band Exodus today proudly announces the special guests appearing on "Blood In, Blood Out," the band’s tenth studio album due out on October 14th in North America.

Crafting an industrial sound bed on the intro to the album opener “Black 13” is electronic music producer Dan the Automator (Gorrilaz, Mike Patton).

“We ran into each other a couple times,” shares Exodus guitarist & songwriter Gary Holt. “I knew what I wanted to hear and I knew he could do it, and could do it that day. So we sent him a file with the drums and guitars we already had there and just told him to go crazy with it.”

Testament frontman Chuck Billy lends his signature roar to the track “BTK,” one of the first songs recorded by returning vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza, who recently said, “Chuck and I have known each other forever. We work really well together, we know each other really well. So if I’m doing my vocals and he’s there, I can trust him to go ‘No way Zet, doesn’t sound good like that. Do it like this,’ or ‘Yeah that’s killer.’ If he says it sounds killer, I know it is.”

Original Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett (Metallica) also contributed a guest solo to “Salt The Wound.”

“This was actually the first time Kirk got to play on an official Exodus release,” states Holt. “He did the early demo, and then joined Metallica and didn’t do anything with us after that. So he was totally gung-ho about it. He came down and ripped out a bunch of takes and we picked the best one and then had a barbecue and drank beer.”

“It felt really casual, really cool – just like it did back in 1980 when we were all just hanging out back in the day,” Hammett confessed to RollingStone.com in July. More...

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