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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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Metallica: New Live Video "Now That We're Dead"

Metallica shares the following official footage of the recent live debut of "Now That We’re Dead", shot during the band's January 11th set at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea. The song appears on Metallica's latest album, "Hardwired…To Self-Destruct".

Check it out now below:

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Metallica Shares New Live Video Of "Metal Militia"

Metallica shares official live footage performing "Metal Militia" live, during the band's recent special set at The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California on December 15th, 2016.

Check it out below:

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Metallica Named Most-Streamed Band On Spotify

It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Metallica is now officially Spotify's most-streamed metal band of all time, with fans repotedly streaming 11,892 years’ worth of tracks so far.

New album "Hardwired... To Self Destruct" probably helped a bit, with it debuting at #1 around the world and all, but those songs actually don't take the crown, as it would appear "Enter Sandman" is actually the most-streamed track. More...

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Metallica To Appear On Jimmy Kimmel Tonight

Metallica will make the band's Jimmy Kimmel Live! debut tonight with an interview, block party outdoor performance, and more. Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs at 11:35/10:35p CST on ABC.

New Metallica album "Hardwired...To Self-Destruct: was released last month on the band's own Blackened Recordings and debuted at No. 1 around the world. It's also doing surprisingly well in our reader poll for best album of the year.

The album was produced by Greg Fidelman with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, and is available in various configurations including CD, vinyl, digital, deluxe, and "deluxe deluxe" versions. More...

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Reader Poll: Vote Your Best Metal Album

Update: the staff awards are now here! Check 'em out and see who won at this location.

Our year-end awards for 2016 are nearly here as the staff just wrapped up our internal voting on the best album, performance, DVD, and metal newcomer of the year, along with a vote on our most anticipated album coming in 2017.

While awaiting our official awards ceremony later this week, we want to know: what was YOUR favorite metal album that came out this year? Cast your vote below!

In the poll we've listed out every single album that was nominated by our staff this year, but if you thought some other album should be #1 instead that's perfectly fine - just hit "Other" and type in your nominee.

Wondering why we have so many nominees? Each of our staff members nominates five albums, and we reach our winner by consensus of the album that gets the most votes, resulting in a well-rounded winner who was appreciated by a larger group of metal heads rather than just by people who prefer one sub-genre.

Since you can see who we nominated, we'd also like to know: who do you think was our ultimate winner in all the nominees? More...

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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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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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