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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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Bullet For My Valentine To Support Metallica

Bullet for my Valentine have been chosen by the legends Metallica as a support act on both their European stadium dates in July 2007, including a historic show at the newly finished Wembley stadium.

The tour dates are:

5th July - Rotudenplatz in Vienna, Austria
8th July - Wembley Stadium

These will be the first live dates for B4MV since selling out their previous UK, US and European tours, shifting over 750,000 copies of debut album "The Poison" (including over 250,000 in the US alone), playing main stage at Download 06, touring with Metallica, Guns and Roses and Iron Maiden across Arenas and Stadiums worldwide, and recording album number 2 in El Paso, Texas, release date TBC.

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Hammet Talks About Eastern Vibe In New Album

METALLICA started recording its ninth studio LP in Los Angeles this week. According to the band's site, this is the first time METALLICA has recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent "an eternity" at One on One Studios recording their 1991 self-titled release, popularly known as The Black Album.

In the latest issue of the METALLICA Club (the group's official fan club) members-only magazine "So What!", guitarist Kirk Hammett was asked if there are any common musical themes running through the 14 songs the band is recording for its new effort. "There is a really unusual theme that's working its way into the music," he replied. "I'm not really sure how to react to it. Maybe it's someone else trying to tell us that we should react to it, but a lot of the music has an eastern harmonic flair to it, a harmonic minor flair to it, and when I say harmonic minor, that could be construed as like eastern sounding or Middle Eastern sounding or maybe Arabic? I don't know if it's just the zeitgeist, a sign of the times, or maybe because like, you know, Middle Eastern culture is so prevalent, or maybe the negative things about Middle Eastern culture. Maybe artists are conscious, just want to shine light on the positive aspects of Middle Eastern culture, i.e. the music. But there's passages that sound, that use harmonic minor and dominant, and those sounds are distinctly Arabic sounding or Middle Eastern sounding, and you hear them in all the songs. At the less likely times, all of a sudden they'll turn a corner and there we are, smack, right dab there in Syria or Iraq, as far as culture is concerned. We're playing notes that were played, have been played for thousands of years, that aren't born in western culture, and it's just a trip to see. And maybe I'm the first to really vocalize it, but it's just there."

Unlike the troubled, turbulent sessions for the band's last album, 2003's "St. Anger", drummer Lars Ulrich told Launch that pre-production for the new effort had a whole different vibe. "It's frighteningly tame (laughs)," he said. "The four of us show up and we hang out and we have a great time, and there are no psychiatrists in sweaters, there are no film crews, it's very much like it used to be. It's pretty mellow around here. All that 'St. Anger' stuff seems like a movie (laughs)."

The group plans to work in the studio until early June, take a break for its European tour, then finish recording in August. As for whether METALLICA will release the new album in 2007, Ulrich said, "I'd like to try and get it out this year, I hope we can get it out this year. If it doesn't come out this year, then it will be out at the very beginning of next year."

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Metallica Enter The Studio And Begin Recording

Metallica left the comfort of HQ this week to descend upon the greater Los Angeles area to begin recording their 9th original album. This is the first time they've recorded outside of the Bay Area since they spent an eternity at One-On-One Studios recording The Black Album in '90 and '91. The last couple days have been devoted to each band member working out the right sounds, including Lars who remembered to turn on the snare and Kirk who played a solo.

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Metallica Announce European Festival Dates

Dates for Metallica's summer European festival run have been announced. They are as follows:

July 1st in Werchter, BEL @ Rock Werchter Festival
July 3rd in Athens, GRE @ Rockwave Festival
July 5th in Vienna, AUT @ Rotundenplatz
July 10th in Oslo, NOR @Valle Hovin Stadion
July 12th in Stockholm, SWE @ Stadion
July 15th in Helsinki, FIN @ Olympic Stadium
July 18th in Moscow, RUS @ Lushniki Stadium

The band will begin recording their new album with producer Rick Rubin (Audioslave, Slipknot) on March 12th.

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Ulrich On Rubin: "He's Forced Us To Rethink..."

Rolling Stone magazine interviewed Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich about the songwriting process for the super-group's forthcoming untitled album. Lars said of the song titles that "Right now, most of them are called cities, I kid you, not! Caspar, Fresno, Munich, Glasgow - that seemed the easiest way to identify them." The band began to work on the follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger" backstage before each show of their tour over the past year. "We did something we'd never done before: We carried a ProTools (recording) system with us," informed Lars, "Twenty minutes before stage time, we would go into a room and play, to get the machinery moving. They were jams, riffs, fun and games. And they were recorded. That's where ninety-five percent of this record came from," said the drummer. "The working titles are the geographical locations where they came up."

On the topic of the group's new producer Rick Rubin (Slayer, System Of A Down, Audioslave, Red Hot Chilli Peppers), Lars said that Rick wants to make the group sound "like the Metallica that made them Metallica without going backward", and that Rick is doing it by challenging old habits: "He's questioning what key we should play in," said Ulrich. "We've played in E flat since the beginning of the '90s. Nobody questioned it. All of a sudden, Rick is going, 'Maybe the stuff has more energy and Hetfield's voice sounds better in E.' He's forced us to rethink big-picture stuff, something we haven't done in years."

Rubin is also making the bandmates rehearse and learn the material until, as Ulrich puts it, "we can play these songs in our sleep, standing on our heads. With Bob (Rock, Metallica's previous and controversial producer), we'd go into the studio when we had some concrete ideas. But Rick wants us to take care of all the creative elements first. He wants us to capture these songs in a recording environment instead of creating them there."

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Metallica Finishing Pre-Production On New Album

Metallica, who haven't been heard from since announcing last year that they were working on a new album with super-producer Rick Rubin, expect to begin laying down finished tracks for the set next month.

"We are finishing up the last couple weeks of pre-production on the album and ... really ... seriously ... (drumroll) ... we're going to start recording on March 12th," reads a message posted Friday (2/9) at the band's website. "We're pretty f---in' psyched about it and pretty f---in' psyched to be sharing this experience with Rick."

The message goes on to say that, for the second summer in a row, the group will take a break from the studio to play some summer festivals.

"The plan right now is to head out in late June and hang out for a couple/three weeks," the message continued. "We might even do a certain festival that we've played 19 times in July that starts with a 'W,' maybe hit a certain band member's home turf ... blah, blah, blah. It's a start ...."

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Rick Rubin Signs On As Sony "Music Czar"

Sony Music's U.S. label group has reportedly inked a deal with producer/Def Jam founder Rick Rubin to serve as the company's "music czar," overseeing the creative development of artists on both Columbia and Epic Records. According to the New York Post, Rubin signed on for the gig about a month ago and it could be announced as soon as this week.

Furthermore, Rubin previously distributed his American Recordings imprint through Columbia, but he now has a distribution deal with Warner Music Group. That would potentially have to be renegotiated or even terminated with Rubin joining the Sony camp. Rubin is currently working with Linkin Park and Metallica, among others, on their upcoming new albums.

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Underoath and Switchfoot Make Love God's Way "Safe List"

MTV.com reports: Christian acts Underoath and Switchfoot make the "safe" list issued by Love God's Way, an organization described on its Web site as a "faith-based ministry with the goal of spreading God's love through teaching and healing." They have also posted a sprawling list of artists they believe parents should beware of — those they describe as "gay or propagating a gay message" — which includes Jay-Z, Eminem, Metallica, DMX, the Killers, Lil' Kim, Eagles of Death Metal, Rolling Stones and Nickelback.

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Deceased Metallica Fan Was A "Ticking Time Bomb"

I'm late on reporting this follow-up to the incident reported earlier, but I think it is an important follow-up nonetheless. Chris Purdy of the Edmonton Journal reports:

Stefan Conley was a "ticking time-bomb" who poked a teenaged neighbor in the stomach with a tire iron during a noise dispute six days before he died in a confrontation with other teens on a city bus, court was told today [Thursday, Jan. 4]. Const. Maurice Brodeur testified that when he responded to the noise complaint on Feb. 26, 2006, Conley was running up the stairs of his apartment building at 10505 80th Ave., frantically waving around a chrome tire iron. Brodeur said Conley, 35, talked about being frustrated with "the youth of today." He said he loved music, and the teen living in the suite below his apartment was playing music he didn't like and he didn't have to listen to it.

"He was very volatile, very irate," Brodeur told the court. "He was in a rage."

Defense lawyer Kent Teskey asked Brodeur if Conley was a "ticking time-bomb" who couldn't control his rage. The officer agreed. More...

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Slayer's Kerry King On Metallica and Politics

AZNightBuzz.com has published a few assorted quotes from SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ahead of the band's appearance next Wednesday (Jan. 24) at the Tucson Arena:

On President Bush:
Kerry King: "Everyone in the world's laughing at him. I don't really pay too much attention to politics, but I do know that."

On politics:
Kerry King: "I don't understand politics — and I like it that way."

On super-producer Rick Rubin, who worked with SLAYER on several albums in the 1980s and 1990s:
Kerry King: "I'm surprised he's going to be doing the (next) METALLICA record because I don't know how he's going to right that sinking ship."

On Dec. 8, the anniversary of the murder of PANTERA's Dimebag Darrell:
Kerry King: "From now on, that's going to be 'Drunk Day' for sure."

On the meaning of Christmas:
Kerry King: "Christmas isn't about religion. Christmas is about presents, if you ask me. I know originally it was supposed to be about the birth of Jesus, but anymore? It's about capitalism and hey, I'm all about getting presents."

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Trivium Tagged As Revivalists and Plagiarists


LESSON ONE for all aspiring bands out there: if you think you’re good, make sure you tell as many people as possible. Just ask Florida metallers Trivium.

When the quartet signed with Roadrunner in 2004, they supported the release of their second album Ascendancy with interviews in which they confidently voiced their desire to be one of the biggest bands in the world. Think Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer, they suggested, and one day you will also think Trivium.

Not surprisingly, the notoriously suspicious metal world reared back, took one look at the young upstarts - frontman Matt Heafy was all of 19 when he made the claim - and laughed. Until, that is, they heard Ascendancy and its classic thrash metal stylings, the likes of which turned them into genuine stars in the UK, where they recently performed in front of 80,000 people at the Download festival and supported Iron Maiden.

“All the other bands that were around and that were getting pretty stale were pretty shocked [by what we said],” Heafy says triumphantly. “But now they see we’re still around and hammering away, and all the disbelievers, they’re not really saying anything any more. We haven’t really seen anything negative since [just-released third album] The Crusade came out.”

Heafy’s first taste of metal came in 1998 when a friend gave the-then impressionable 12-year-old a copy of Metallica’s Black album. Amazed at its technicality, aggression and catchiness, he delved into the band’s back catalogue, devouring both it and any albums released by the band’s late-80s/early-90s thrash peers. Not surprisingly, when he started playing guitar and formed Trivium, what came out was a noise that owed a debt more to the bands of yesteryear than it did Korn, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.

Read the full article at Time Off.

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Watch Metallica's Rock am Ring Performance

Professionally recorded video footage of METALLICA's June 3, 2006 concert at the Rock am Ring festival in Nurburgring, Germany — which included a performance of the band's classic 1986 album, "Master of Puppets", in its entirety — is available for viewing at Google Video. The video runs 2 hours and 18 minutes and spans Metallica's entire set.

METALLICA's Rock am Ring appearance was the opening show of the band's "Escape from the Studio '06" tour. The group's setlist was as follows:

01. Creeping Death
02. Fuel
03. Wherever I May Roam
04. For Whom the Bell Tolls
05. Fade to Black
06. Battery
07. Master of Puppets
(James Hetfield announces that the band will perform entire "Master of Puppets" album)
08. The Thing That Should Not Be
09. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
10. Disposable Heroes
11. Leper Messiah
12. Orion
13. Damage Inc.
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14. Sad But True
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. One
17. Enter Sandman
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18. Last Caress
19. Seek and Destroy

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100 Greatest Guitar Solos (with Tabs)

Guitar World magazine recently published this list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Solos from a reader's poll. What resulted was certainly not a definitive list and it reflected the magazine's demographic (no jazz guitar solos, for example), but it is an interesting collection of solos to browse nonetheless. About.com has republished this list complete with links to the guitar tabs.

Metal bands such as Metallica, Pantera, Guns N Roses, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and greats such as Hendrix, Rhoads, Satriani, Ritchie Blackmore, Eddie Van Halen and more pepper the list with multiple entries.

It's a decent read if you've got the time, and a good resource if you wanted to learn how to play some of these solos.

Read the full article at About.com.

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Metallica Entering The Studio, Update on Fan Death

Launch Radio Networks reports: METALLICA is tentatively scheduled to enter the studio this month and begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "St. Anger". Although the band spent most of 2006 writing the new record and will spend a good part of early 2007 laying it down, drummer Lars Ulrich told Launch that he doesn't feel the process is taking any longer than usual. "I don't think it's taking a particularly longer time than it has, it's just that the work is spread out," he said. "The days of 16-hour studio days and six days a week, that's not really happening. We sort of come down here at, you know, nine in the morning and then we sit and work 'til we have to go pick the kids up, or 'til somebody has to go to the dentist or something, you know (laughs)."

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Original Mercyful Fate Lineup Rare Appearance

MERCYFUL FATE was presented with the "honor award" at the Danish Metal Awards 2006, which were held last night (Saturday, November 18) at Amager Bio in Copenhagen, Denmark. Original members Michael Denner (guitar), Hank Shermann (guitar), Timi "Grabber" Hansen (bass) and Kim Ruzz (drums) appeared in public together for the first time in 22 years to accept the award (vocalist King Diamond was unable to attend the event due to the fact that he is currently working on the new KING DIAMOND album in Dallas, Texas).

MERCYFUL FATE will always be remembered for their unquestionable mark on the history of metal, with their new innovative sound, complex arrangements, memorable melody, and their influence on bands that later took the genre to new heights.

In 1998, METALLICA paid tribute to MERCYFUL FATE by recording a medley of classic MERCYFUL FATE songs on the album "Garage Inc." Entitled "Mercyful Fate", the medley included parts from "Satan's Fall", "Curse of the Pharaohs", "A Corpse Without Soul", "Into the Coven" and "Evil".

Lars Ulrich of METALLICA (and fellow Dane) played drums on a new version of "Return of the Vampire" on the "In the Shadows" album, which came out in 1993.

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Metallica's "The Videos" Online Preview Available

A preview for METALLICA's comprehensive DVD release titled "The Videos 1989-2004" has been released:

Windows:

Quicktime:

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Metallica's 'Ecstasy Of Gold' To Appear On Tribute

METALLICA's official web site has been updated with the following message:

"The lights go down, the last strains of AC/DC fade out and METALLICA are about to step foot on stage, but not until 'Ecstasy of Gold' plays. The very familiar composition from the classic film 'The Good, the Bad and the Ugly' has been opening METALLICA shows for over two decades, and now the band will honor its composer Ennio Morricone by contributing their recording of the song to a tribute album coming out in the spring of 2007.

"Morricone, the internationally acclaimed composer of over 400 film and television scores, will be celebrating his 78th birthday tomorrow as he prepares to make his on-stage debut in North America at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on February 3, 2007. He will be conducting a 200-piece orchestra and choir performing songs from some of his best known scores. The subsequent tribute album will also feature Andrea Bocelli, Yo-Yo Ma, Bruce Springsteen, and more."

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Metallica Announce DVD Release Dates

Metallica have announced the international release dates for their upcoming new DVD entitled 'The Videos 1989-2004'. The release dates for the new Metallica DVD are as follows:

North America: Dec. 5th
Europe: Dec. 4th
South America: Dec. 4th
Japan: Dec. 18th
Australia: Dec. 2nd

The track listing for Metallica's "The Videos 1989-2004" follows:

01. One (7:41)
02. Enter Sandman (5:28)
03. The Unforgiven (6:21)
04. Nothing Else Matters (6:24)
05. Wherever I May Roam (6:05)
06. Sad But True (5:26)
07. Until It Sleeps (4:32)
08. Hero Of The Day (4:30)
09. Mama Said (4:51)
10. King Nothing (5:26)
11. The Memory Remains (4:37)
12. The Unforgiven II (6:33)
13. Fuel (4:35)
14. Turn The Page (5:49)
15. Whiskey In The Jar (4:43)
16. No Leaf Clover (5:33)
17. I Disappear (4:28)
18. St. Anger (5:50)
19. Frantic (4:55)
20. The Unnamed Feeling (5:29)
21. Some Kind Of Monster (4:28)

Bonus:

* 2 Of One - Introduction (5:43)
* One (Jammin' Version) (5:05)
* The Unforgiven (Theatrical Version) (11:29)
* "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" Film Trailer (2:27)

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Just For Fun

Gears of War Video Remixed To Metallica's "One"

Microsoft has recently released a very artistic feeling promotional video (aka commerical) for Epic Games' Xbox 360 title, Gears of War. This has in turn triggered a rash of remixes - some better than others. In particular, I'd like to share the remix to Metallica's "One" (with additional video footage inserted). I'd say it's more fun to watch than half of the metal videos out today.

On a personal note, I don't mind pimping Gears of War a little because I used to work for Epic Games (it seems like a lifetime ago) and I know Cliffyb knows how to make a killer game. (Like you needed any reassurance after seeing the video...)

Gears Of War Remix Trailer: Metallica "One": More...

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Video of Cliff Burton Memorial Unveiling

A memorial for former Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was unveiled last month at the site of the bus crash that took his life in Sweden. The memorial was unveiled in correlation with the 20th anniversary of his death, September 27, 1986. A video of the unveiling is available at this location. More...

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