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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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Revocation Posts Metallica Cover

Today, the self-titled 4th full-length album from Boston metallers Revocation has been released via Relapse Records. This is the first release to feature new bassist Brett Bamberger.

The deluxe CD and LP contain an exclusive bonus track, a cover of the Metallica classic "Dyer's Eve."

Today RevolverMag.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of Revocation's ripping rendition of this Metallica track. Check it out below.

Revocation's new album is also streaming in full at this location. The band recently completed work on a video for "Invidious." The video was shot by David Brodsky (Municipal Waste, Whitechapel, Kylesa) at a sold out hometown show. The clip will receive its premiere in the coming weeks. More...

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Metallica Releasing 3D Movie Soundtrack

Metallica today reveals the details of "Metallica Through The Never (Music from the Motion Picture)," the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never."

The two disc CD set will be released on the band's own record label Blackened Recordings this coming September 24th and highlights last year's career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film.

Both the CD and digital album will be available 9/24 at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall.

"Let's hear it for the old school soundtrack!" said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin' cool." More...

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Metallica Releases "Through The Never" Trailer

Metallica recently appeared at the 2013 Comic Con to discuss the band's upcoming 3D movie "Through the Never" as well as perform a secret show only available to con goers who had winning raffle tickets.

A preview trailer for the "Through the Never" movie is also now available online, and can be viewed below.

The movie premieres in North America on September 27th, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4th, 2013.

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Metallica Posts "Master Of Puppets" Live Footage

Metallica performed "Master of Puppets" live last month at the band's Orion Muisc + More festival, which took place on June 8th and 9th in Detroit, MI.

Footage from the live performance is now available online and can be viewed in the YouTube clip below.

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Sanktuary Posts Live Footage Of Metallica Cover

Canadian Yukon power thrashers Sanktuary have posted a live video covering Metallica's "Whiplash" during last weekend's show in Halifax, NS at Gus' Pub.

The clip can be found below, and the show took place with Montreal's Alcoholator plus locals Spew Cirrhosis and Shit Kicker.

Sanktuary unleashed the band's debut thrash thrill ride "Something Fierce" on July 2nd via Spread The Metal Records.

The full album is also now available for streaming at this location. More...

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Metallica Announces Comic-Con Appearance

Metallica will appear for the first time ever at Comic-Con in San Diego with a special live performance and Hall H Panel on Friday, July 19th in support of the 3D feature film, "Metallica Through The Never."

The band will perform an intimate private concert at a secret location in San Diego. The film's 6:30 p.m. Hall H panel includes all four members of Metallica: James Hetfield (vocals, guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals), and Robert Trujillo (bass, background vocals), along with actor Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), director/writer Nimród Antal (Predators, Kontroll), and producer Charlotte Huggins (Journey to the Center of the Earth).

The Hall H presentation will world premiere the "Metallica Through the Never" theatrical trailer and poster, show exclusive preview footage, and discuss the making of the film. Only during the Hall H panel will Comic-con conventioneers in attendance have an opportunity to win tickets and learn the location where Metallica will play later that same evening. Also, the event launches advance ticket sales for the September 27, 2013 opening of the film available online at this location.

"Metallica Through the Never" opens in North America on September 27th, 2013 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4th, 2013.

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Sunday Old School 200: Monsters Of Rock

This week’s edition of Sunday Old School is a very special one because today sees Sunday Old School reach two hundred official articles! So to celebrate this little milestone of ours, I wanted to look back in rock and metal history and find a true landmark moment in the genre. A moment that let the world know that heavy music was here to stay and meant so much to so many. And nothing seemed like a bigger moment in general metal history than when promoter Paul Loasby teamed up with Maurice Jones and formed a festival, which was to be held at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England, and would be known as Monsters of Rock.

The one day event was initially scheduled to be a grand final date for Rainbow’s UK tour, a band whom Loasby had recently been promoting. Rainbow were joined at the inaugural event by established German rockers, the Scorpions, who had just released their seventh album, "Animal Magnetism" and Judas Priest, who were riding high thanks to the wildly successful, "British Steel" album. Also on the bill that day were heavy metal upstarts, Saxon, who were considered the leaders of the exciting young, New Wave of British Heavy Metal movement at the time, Canadian hard rock veterans, April Wine and New York openers Riot and Touch. The festival was a resounding success, drawing in thirty five thousand fans and a live compilation album, which sold well.

Although it was initially conceived only as a vehicle for Rainbow, it was announced on the day of the first edition that the festival would return the next year. AC/DC were to be the headliners in 1981, marking the first of their record holding three headline appearances at the event. It was a somewhat lighter tone in the sophomore year, where AC/DC were joined Whitesnake, American stars, Blue Oyster Cult and quite interestingly, British glam rock veterans, Slade, who had recently found favour with the heavy metal audience after a brief time out of the limelight. Rounding off the bill was Blackfoot, a Southern Rock band from Jacksonville, Florida and More, who were notable for featuring former Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul Day, as well as a DJ set from the BBC’s voice of rock, Tommy Vance. The varied lineups continued, with Status Quo (AKA, your nan’s favourite band) headlining the event in 1982, where they were joined by other established rockers such as Gillan, Uriah Heep and Hawkwind, as well as a young Canadian group named, Anvil and Monsters of Rock veterans, Saxon, who became the first band to appear twice, before Whitesnake closed the event in 1983, which also featured Meat Loaf and ZZ Top, who were placed higher than such heavy metal favourites as Dio, Diamond Head and Twisted Sister. More...

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Golden Gods Black Carpet Report Posted Online

Metal Injection hit the Golden Gods 2013 black carpet for interviews with members of Metallica, Five Finger Death Punch, Stone Sour, Suicide Silence, Queensryche, Anthrax, Sick Puppies, Testament, Miss May I, Zakk Wylde, Children Of Bodom, Dillinger Escape Plan, New Years Day, Broken Hope, Jose Mangin from SiriusXM Liquid Metal and more.

Check out the footage via Metal Injection or in the player below.

The site's correspondent asks metal luminaries if they could pick one member of Metallica to joint their band, who would it be? Also find out who does the best Rob Zombie "Yeah!" and who the youngest person to walk the black carpet is. More...

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Orion Music Announces More Details

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, today announced lineup additions for Orion Music + More, the two day festival created by Metallica that will take place June 8th and 9th at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI.

Rocket from the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and local favorites Matt Clarke and Calico have all been added to the already stacked lineup. Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar.

A very special addition to Orion Music + More 2013 will be an original lineup reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest Jim Martin (ex-Faith No More, filling in for original guitarist Adam Siegel).

"To reunite with those guys after 22 years is going to be really special for me. Orion is the perfect place for that to happen...I'm looking forward to it," said Robert Trujillo.

Vans will be returning to Orion in 2013, featuring pro skating demos happening right alongside live music. Vans will also feature four signature models of the Vans x Metallica footwear at Orion, including two Kill 'Em All styles.

Music fans will be able to stay well fed and hydrated throughout the weekend with the addition of the Orion food area ...And Food For All. Orion Music + More has enlisted Detroit restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Cooley of Slows BBQ to curate the area and showcase some of the region's great offerings.

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent, and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

Tickets for Orion Music + More are currently onsale for $150 for a 2-Day Pass including all fees. Visit this location to buy tickets. Stay tuned for additional Orion Music + More announcements.

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Orion Music Headliners Revealed

Metallica, in conjunction with C3 Presents, is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2013 Orion Music + More Festival, to be held at Belle Isle in Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th.

Headliners will include Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, Deftones, and Bassnectar, while the festival will also feature acts including Gogol Bordello, Foals, Tomahawk, The Joy Formidable, Death Grips, and local Detroit bands The Dirtbombs and Battlecross.

"Last year's Orion Music + More Festival was hands down the highlight of the Metallica calendar. A great time was had by all, especially the band members," said Lars Ulrich. "The fact that it also resonated with enough of our fans and friends that it warrants another go-around in '13 is beyond exciting. I can think of no better place than the Motor City, with its rich and diverse history of music, for the second ride on our Orion festival train. Bring it the fuck on!"

Orion Music + More will feature more than 30 bands across 5 live music stages plus a lifestyle element that reflects each of Metallica's band members many personal interests. Detroit will see the return of James Hetfield's Custom Car & Motorcycle Show, Kirk Hammett's Crypt, Lars Ulrich's Hit the Lights Film Tent and Robert Trujillo's Vans Vert Ramp alongside the Metallica Museum and many other fan favorite attractions.

The inaugural Orion Music + More was held in 2012 in Atlantic City, NJ with headliners Metallica, Arctic Monkeys and Avenged Sevenfold.

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Revolver Golden Gods 2013 Details Announced

Check out the new commercial available below for the 2013 Golden Gods Awards, featuring Chris Jericho, Scott Ian, Zakk Wylde, Lzzy Hale, John 5 and other metal and hard rock luminaries.

The sold-out Fifth Annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards show is set for Thursday May 2nd, at Club Nokia in Los Angeles and will feature a live performance from Metallica, who will also receive the "Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement" Award.

Click here for more info about the 2013 Revolver Golden Gods Awards.

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Metallica Unveils Signature Shoes

As was previously announced, Vans and iconic act Metallica teamed up to work on a new line of shows. Now the collaboration proudly introduces a four-piece signature collection designed by each band member, delivering to stores in February.

Each Metallica member - James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own while drawing from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports, and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style.

Each shoe release is being accompanied by a video capturing the unique shared passions between Kirk, James, Robert, and Lars and favorite Vans team riders. Stay tuned to the van's website for more details on the signatures shoes and for each new video drop. Images of the shoes have now been made available and can be viewed below.

In March, Vans and Metallica will also introduce Kill 'Em All theme shoes featuring two of Vans' all-time favorite styles, the Classic Slip-On and the Sk8-Hi, each emblazoned with artwork marking the 30 years since the release of Metallica's debut album. More...

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Metallica Announces Next Orion Music Festival

Back in June Metallica hosted the inaugural Orion Music + More festival, which included 22 bands and a variety of comedy and lifestyle elements. The band has now announced the next edition will be coming to Detroit, MI on June 8th and 9th, 2013.

No bands have been confirmed at this point, but a brief teaser trailer can be viewed at this location, and you can stay up to date on what's happening with the festival via the event's website here.

In related news, Metallica recently took control of the masters of past material and launched its own label, Blackened Recordings.

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Metallica Posts "Master Of Puppets" Footage

The one and only Metallica, which recently launched its own record label Blackened Recordings, will be releasing a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012.

The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009. Footage of the band performing "Master of Puppets" from the DVD has now been posted online and can be viewed below.

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Headline News

Metallica Launches Record Label

Metallica announced today that the band has taken ownership of all previous master recordings including all music and long form videos, a move almost unprecedented for musicians signed to recording contracts. Under provision of a renegotiated joint venture agreement with the Warner Music Group in 1994, all masters revert back to the band as of today, November 30th, 2012.

"We would like to thank everyone at the Warner Music Group for 28 years of a fantastic relationship, particularly since 1994 where we truly felt we had partners in every aspect of our business in North America," said the band's James Hetfield.

Metallica also announced the launch of its own new record label, Blackened Recordings. Blackened Recordings will handle all marketing and promotion duties and will enter into a deal with Rhino Entertainment, who will manufacture and distribute releases in North America. Blackened Recordings will license releases to the Universal Music Group internationally.

"It's always been about control for us as a band," said Metallica's Lars Ulrich. "Forming Blackened Recordings is the ultimate in independence, giving us 100% control and putting us in the driver's seat of our own creative destiny."

The first release from Blackened will be "Quebec Magnetic" on Monday, December 10th, 2012. "Quebec Magnetic" is a live DVD capturing the two World Magnetic live shows from Quebec City in the fall of 2009. The set list for the DVD was voted on by over 35,000 fans at Metallica.com this past September. Fans can order it from the band's website here.

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Brian Slagel Talks 30 Years Of Metal Blade

Fuse TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, which can be viewed below or over at Fuse.tv.

The interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel's favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business. Slagel also discusses 30 years of the label's history, with stories about Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse.

Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich.

Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...

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Metallica To Release New Live DVD

Metallica has announced that the band will release a live DVD entitled "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012. The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009.

"This release is a first for us," said Metallica in a statement on Metallica.com. "Yes boys and girls, the DVD and Blu-ray will be coming out on our very own label in North America! There are still some i's being dotted and t's crossed, so we can't give you a name or fancy logo just yet, but we're pretty excited that for the first time we get to hold all the reins on a release from start to finish. Since we now get to call all the shots, the double DVD and single disc Blu-ray will be available for a price we thought was very Metallica fan friendly - suggested retail will be $15.98 for either format."

The set list for the DVD was voted on by the over 35,000 of the band's fans at Metallica.com this past September. The track listing is as follows: More...

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Metallica Teams Up With Vans Shoes

In a match that appears to have been a long time coming, skate shoe company Vans and Metallica have announced a creative partnership delivering shoe projects. The following press release was issued:

"Many a skate trick is landed with Vans shoes on the feet and a Metallica tune in one's head, so the inevitable union kicks off in October with a limited edition Vans x Metallica 20th Anniversary Half Cab Pro available in better skate shops everywhere. The collaboration will continue late this winter with two product drops: a four-piece 'Passion Project' collection designed by each member of Metallica coming in February and a two-shoe salute to the band's debut album, Kill 'Em All, delivering in March.

"As a thank you to the fans that have made Metallica one of the most successful acts of the past 30 years, the unique 'Passion Project' collection will launch exclusively to Met Club members in January prior to being made available to the general public.

"In early October, skate shops around the world will receive the latest release in the year-long celebration marking 20 years of the most popular skate shoe of all-time, Steve Caballero's signature Half Cab. The heavy-duty canvas and suede 'black to the floor' Metallica edition of the Half Cab Pro features classic band lyrics embossed in the side, exclusive Vans x Metallica x Steve Caballero labeling and a unique clear rubber sole with Kill 'Em All album artwork showing through. To learn more about the Half Cab and where you can find the special Metallica edition, please visit this location.

"In January, Met Club members will have the first opportunity to grab one of the most unique Vans shoe collections ever: the Metallica 'Passion Projects.' Each band mate - Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich - had free reign to choose any iconic Vans shoe style and make it their own. Each drew from their favorite influences in the worlds of music, action sports and art to create Vans shoes reflecting their personal style. The Vans x Metallica Passion Project shoes are available to the general public in February. More...

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OpEd

Five-Minute History of Hardcore and Metal Fusion

Beefy funny man, Billy Milano once said “Skinheads and bangers and punks stand as one Crossover to a final scene.” This insight he offered on S.O.D.’s 1985 release “Speak English or Die” would serve as a rallying cry for hardcore punks and metal heads to come together. Not only did this song help create a mindset for bringing together two scenes; it also constructed a formula for the two styles to merge. Known simply as metalcore or crossover, the term came to describe how hardcore bands added metal’s solos and heft to their arrangements, while thrash absorbed the speed, attitude and brevity of hardcore to their compositions.

Milano also claimed “It’s not the way you wear your hair, it’s what’s inside of you.” Even though these words ring true twenty-seven years after publication, and so often we see the two lines blurring together, hair styles have pretty much remained the same (minus poodle hair and mullets). Short hair, often bald or spiky, is still relegated to punks, while long hair is a feature of head bangers. Regardless of attitude and opposition to the mainstream, many punks and metal heads prefer to segregate.

After hearing an inspiring hardcore/crossover album from "The Casualties" and attending festivals such as Fun Fun Fun Fest and Chaos in Tejas that mesh metal and hardcore in the last year, I felt the need to research and write an article on the history of this topic. Through the usual resource of the Internet, Ian Christe’s book “Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal” and a first person source, I hope to shed light on this phenomenon. In the following article, we will look at the interchangeable qualities of punk and metal, as well as delving into each style’s social constraints. We will look at the bands that started this movement and analyze how the art form has evolved. Ready yourself for a crash course on punk-thrash crossover movement. More...

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Metallica Posts Orion Festival Recap

Metallica has posted a new, nearly hour-long, recap video from the Orion Music + More festival that took place earlier this month. The footage is available below, or you can also find a previously posted press conference video about the festival at this location.

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