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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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Manslaughter Charges Dropped In Edmonton Death

News 1130 reports: Four young men hugged weeping friends and family after Crown prosecutors dismissed manslaughter charges against them in the death of a man on an Edmonton transit bus after a fight over heavy metal music.

"The initial reaction that was played out in the media was one of a person on an ETS bus being swarmed and killed," prosecutor Bart Roberto said outside court Friday.

"I think it was actually very reductive for the public to see that once the full evidence came out, a very different story was told."

The four youths - one was 16 and three were 17 at the time of the killing - were charged with manslaughter in the March 2006 death of Stefan Conley, 35, originally from Cookshire, Que.

Initial published reports from witnesses suggested that Conley was swarmed, kicked and stomped by four rowdy teens after he told them to settle down. The beating was said to have continued after Conley fell.

But that story collapsed during a preliminary hearing, which was held in public at the request of the defence.

Under cross-examination, those witnesses acknowledged they didn't actually see any kicking or stomping because their view was blocked.

Others testified Conley interrupted a conversation among the four youths about the rock band Metallic and insulted their taste in heavy-metal music. Court heard Conley and the teens then traded jibes.

A 16-year-old girl testified that Conley, who was five-foot-11 and weighed 198 pounds, crossed the aisle and punched one of the boys. The youths fought back, but one passenger told court they stopped punching Conley as soon as he let go of their friend.

The fight lasted about 10 seconds. Between five and 10 punches were thrown.

A medical examiner testified that Conley, who had a blood alcohol level twice the legal driving limit, died from a rare injury - a pinhole tear in a tiny artery at the base of his brain, the result of a blow to the face or chin. He died within minutes of receiving it.

The case initially provoked widespread public outrage. More...

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Apocalyptica Reveal European Tour Dates

Finnish cello-rockers APOCALYPTICA have lined up the following tour dates:

May 25 - Liquid Room - Tokyo, JPN (showcase)
Jul. 15 - Olympic Stadium - Helsinki, FIN (supporting METALLICA)
Oct. 08 - Riga Arena - Riga, LAT
Oct. 09 - UPA - Vilnius, LIT
Oct. 10 - Linnahall - Tallinn, EST
Oct. 11 - R-Beat - Turku, FIN
Oct. 12 - Lippupalvelu - Tamper, FIN More...

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Mnemic Talk About Opening For Metallica

"We are beyond stoked, beyond surprised, and MORE than happy to be a part of the METALLICA gig in Aarhus, Denmark!! It's definitely a dream come true for all of us," writes in MNEMIC guitarist Mircea. "It simply CAN NOT get any bigger for us to say the words, 'Yeah, we've opened up for Metallica!' It's definitely a nice tap on the shoulder for all the hard work and hard moments MNEMIC have gone through. We would especially like to thank Lars and the mighty Metallica for choosing MNEMIC for this fine day of pure Danish Metal. We will of course make this day extra special, extra heavy, and extra metal!"

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich issued an Easter greeting in Danish (translated text follows) announcing that Metallica had "decided to make our Aarhus day to be of a Danish enterprise... drumroll please... We have actually asked the awesome Danish bands Volbeat and MNEMIC to be a part of the event on the 13th of July, and they both freakin' said, 'Yes please!' so, game on and all the good stuff! It's going to be a pure Danish enterprise. Well, yeah, fuck it, 'tallica is only one-fourth Danish, but let us celebrate our Danish-ness, where and whenever we can, especially when we aren't home that much. With other words, here is the short version: I am happy to be able to announce that Volbeat and MNEMIC will make the Metallica show in Aarhus the 13th of July as Danish as possible."

MNEMIC recently completed a European tour with the Deftones in support of their latest album, Passenger, which was praised by Outburn Magazine for its "energetic execution, dazzling chops, polyrhythmic pummeling, and soaring melodic anthems."

Produced by Fear Factory's Christian Olde Wolbers at Track Record Studios (Kiss, Megadeth, Aerosmith) in Los Angeles, Passenger features artwork by Asterik Studios (Anthrax, Unearth) plus guest vocal appearances by Jeff Walker (Carcass, Brujeria) and Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria). MNEMIC also completed a video for "Meaningless" with Revolver Film director Patric Ullaeus, which has aired on MTV2's Headbangers Ball and can be viewed here.

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Metallica Announce Opening Acts for Upcoming Tour

METALLICA have issued the following update:

"Easter greetings from Metallica HQ! In our ongoing quest to keep you informed about every little thing we have planned for our upcoming jaunt through Europe this summer, we finally have an almost complete list of bands who will be joining us as we take a little break from recording to come hang with some of you in a few of the coolest cities on the planet. As you know, some of the shows are festival dates, so things could change a little here and there, and we may have one or two more surprises for you along the way, but as of April 8, here's what we've got for you so far. And for those of you in Denmark lucky enough to score tickets after we got done with Lars' guest list, we're spreading the Danish love with... just read Lars' extra special Easter greeting...in Danish!

We're super psyched to be sharing the stage with great musicians from all over the world . . . see you out there!" More...

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Swedish Couple Told They Can't Name Baby Metallica

A Swedish couple have been told that they may not call their six-month-old daughter ‘Metallica.’ Although baby Metallica Tomaro has been baptised, the Swedish National Tax Board have refused to register the name.

The baby’s mother Karolina, claimed that the name suited her daughter, adding "She's decisive and she knows what she wants."

The couple, who can not get a passport or personal ID for their daughter, have been backed by a court on the grounds a women in Sweden also has the middle name ‘Metallica.'

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Metallica Announce All Sick Of The Studio Dates

After six weeks of announcing a few dates here and there, Metallica has announced all 11 of the Sick Of The Studio 2007 tour dates that they will be playing this summer. The tour dates are as follows:

June 28 - Lisbon, POR, Super Bock Super Rock Festival
June 29 - Bilbao, SPA, Bilbao BBK Live Festival
July 1 - Werchter, BEL, Rock Werchter Festival
July 3 - Athens, GRE, Rockwave Festival
July 5 - Vienna, AUT, Rotundenplatz
July 8 - London, UK, Wembley Staduim
July 10 - Oslo, NOR, Valle Hovin Stadion
July 12 - Stockholm, SWE, Stadion
July 13 - Aarhus, DEN, Vestereng
July 15 - Helsinki, FIN, Olympic Stadium
July 18 - Moscow, RUS, Luzhniki Stadium

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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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Just For Fun

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.
14. Sad But True
15. Nothing Else Matters
16. One
17. Enter Sandman
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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