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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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Meek Is Murder Streaming Metallica Cover

Earlier this year, Metallica's Kirk Hammett passed NYC trio Meek Is Murder some very nice words via mutual friend Jose Mangin of Sirius XM Liquid Metal.

Today is Kirk Hammett's birthday and, in celebration, Meek Is Murder has released a raw rendition of Metallica's 1988 banger, "Blackened."

In true MIM form, the cover clocks in at under two minutes, while still paying homage to the original favorite. The song was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn, NY, with Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox.

Meek Is Murder's latest release, the Kirk Hammett-approved "Onward" EP, is available for full streaming at this location. Meek Is Murder is currently at work on a third album. More...

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Metal Bands React To Paris Terrorist Attacks

Members of Metallica, Pantera, In Flames, Testament, AC/DC, Kiss, Slipknot, Mötley Crüe, Slash, Warbringer, Aborted, Periphery, Killswitch Engage, August Burns Red, Raising The Veil, Born Of Osiris, All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Textures and Anthrax etc. are among the musicians who have (so far) reacted with shock and pledges of solidarity for France following the killing of scores of people in attacks in Paris on Friday night. Some of their views can be seen below.


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Vanna Posts Metallica Cover

Vanna just released new covers EP, titled "Alt," today with Pure Noise Records. The band has partnered with MetalSucks.net to unveil the final track from the record, a cover of Metallica’s 1999 single “Fuel.” Check it out below.

“I hate when people said after Metallica cut their hair it was over,” says vocalist Davey Muise. “False, they were making themselves more aerodynamic for riffage like 'Fuel.' I dare you to put this track on in a car and not get pulled over for speeding. This track not only opened so many doors for the band, it blew them right off the hinges. All hail the kings."

Vanna's new EP also features covers from Marilyn Manson, The Offspring, The Smashing Pumpkins and Korn. Catch the band performing tracks from the record on these upcoming tour dates:

Oct 23 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
Oct 24 - Ottawa, ON - Ritual
Oct 25 - London, ON - Rum Runners
Oct 26 - Toronto, ON - Hard Luck Bar
Oct 27 - Hamilton, ON - Club Absinthe
Oct 28 - Lakewood, OH - Mahall's
Oct 29 - Buffalo, NY - Waiting Room
Oct 30 - Amityville, NY - Amityville Music Hall
Oct 31 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance More...

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Robert Trujillo Releasing Jaco Pastorius Movie

Robert Trujillo, in association with Passion Pictures, has announced the official multi-platform release of the "Jaco" documentary, directed by Mr. Paul Marchand and Stephen Kijak.

The film - which chronicles the brief but extraordinary life of the American musician/composer Jaco Pastorius - will be available via VOD, streaming services, and digital download on Friday, November 27, 2015.

Jaco will have its official DVD/Blu-ray release that day, in association with Record Store Day and Black Friday 2015. That same day will also see the release of "Jaco: Original Soundtrack," Sony/Legacy's official musical companion to the film.

Trujillo - bassist with Metallica and the film's Executive Producer - will celebrate "Jaco" and Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 with a special in-store at The Sound Garden in Syracuse, NY. For details, head to this location.

"Jaco" has earned applause at a number of festivals, including the inaugural Asbury Park Music in Film Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. The film "(captures) the essence of what made Jaco such an influential artist," declared the Montreal Gazette, praising "the glowing words of Marchand's interviewees and the many recorded and live musical excerpts that he lets speak for themselves" and hailing the movie as "an enlightening introduction to a groundbreaking musician." More...

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Metallica Posts Official Live Footage Of "One"

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's August 25, 2015, performance in Saint Petersburg, Russia, including a birthday "pie-ing", pre-show tuning-room footage, and "One" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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Metallica Posts Official Live Footage Of "Battery"

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's August 22, 2015, performance in Gothenburg, Sweden, including drummer Lars Ulrich in a meet-and-greet with local fans, and the performance of the track "Battery" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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Metallica Posts Official Lollapalooza Footage

Metallica TV is streaming official pro-shot footage recorded by the band's MetOnTour reporter on August 1, 2015 in Chicago, IL for Lollapalooza. The clip includes Rob, Kirk, and Lars in the meet and greet, Tuning Room, plus "Wherever I May Roam" and "Am I Evil?" from the show.

Check it out now below.

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Clip Of Metallica Lollapalooza Performance Posted

Fan-Filmed footage of Metallica taking the stage and performing "Ecstasy of Gold/Fuel" at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 1,2015 can be seen below. The band last appeared on the Lollapalooza bill back in 1996, when it was still a traveling festival.

Check out now the clip below.

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Sunday Old School 300: Metallica

Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel and A Christmas Carol. These are stories that we all know and in the case of metal fans, another story everyone knows is that of Metallica. However, since it’s the three hundredth edition of Sunday Old School (hooray for us,) we'll be marking the landmark with a look at one of metal’s biggest bands, even if we do all know the documented story by now. A band which has always been both revered and reviled but continued to do things their way throughout their illustrious career. A band known simply as, Metallica.

The group was the brain child of a young, Danish heavy metal fanatic named Lars Ulrich, who had gone as far as to travel to Europe to see his heroes, Diamond Head, eventually staying with the band for a month. Upon returning to the United States, where he had lived since his teenage years, he was determined to form his own band, inspired massively by the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, even name dropping groups from the movement such as Tygers of Pan Tang in his advertisement looking for like minded musicians, which answered by Leather Charm guitarists, James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner, though Metallica itself would not be formed until five months later, when the drummer asked Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel if his band could appear on their forthcoming, "Metal Massacre" compilation. More...

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Metallica New Official Pro-Shot Live Video Posted

Metallica-TV is streaming official fly-on-the-wall footage of the band's June 4 performance at Rock In Vienna in Vienna, Austria, including guitarist Kirk Hammett and drummer Lars Ulrich in a meet-and-greet with local fans, pre-show tuning-room footage, and the performance of the track "No Remorse".

Check it out now below.

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Metallica Lowers Download Price For Red Cross

Metallica today announced the band will significantly drop the price and offer fans a discounted digital download of the concert for the X Games Austin this Saturday, June 6th.

The deeply discounted price of $5 for all digital music formats (including FLAC) will start today and last until July 15th, 2015.

During this period, Metallica will donate ALL the money raised via these sales to the Central Texas Red Cross to assist victims of the recent floods.

The show recording is available for preorder here, and will be fulfilled a few days after the actual performance. More...

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Metallica Performs "The Unforgiven II" Live

Metallica performed the track "The Unforgiven II" live for the second time ever last Friday, May 29 2015 at the "Rock Im Revier" festival in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. "The Unforgiven II" was first aired during the band's December 1997 performance at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Check out now the fan-filmed live footage below.

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Metallica’s "Master Of Puppets": St. Anger Version

"I was bored, so I replaced all the snare hits with the St. Anger snaredrum. You're welcome." says YouTuber "data_dreams 2000."

Well I am not so sure many Metallica fans will appreciate this new version of the bands title track to the 1986 classic "Master Of Puppets" to be honest.

Check it out below.

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Metallica: Rock In Rio USA Fest Footage Posted

Professionally filmed video footage of Metallica's May 9 performance at the Rock In Rio USA festival in Las Vegas, Nevada can be seen below.

The band's setlist was as follows: More...

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Metallica's "Seek and Destroy" Bluegrass Version

Finnish hillbillies Steve'n'Seagulls - who previously released bluegrass version's of Iron Maiden's "The Trooper", Dio's "Holy Diver"and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" - are back with a cover for Metallica's "Seek And Destroy". Their album "Farm Machine" is set to drop on May 12th via Spinefarm Records.

Check out now the bluegrass version of "Seek And Destroy" below.

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Stone Sour Covers Metallica

Stone Sour just checked in with this brief announcement about covering a Metallica track for Record Store Day:

"Our full cover version of Metallica's 'Creeping Death' is streaming now!

"Make sure to grab 'Meanwhile in Burbank,' which will be available in record stores this Saturday, April 18th!"

The song can be heard in the YouTube clip below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.

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Metallica/Slipknot Mashup "Snuffing Else Matters"

Youtuber "The Taskmaster" is streaming a brilliant mash up combining the music of Slipknot's "Snuff" with the vocals of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters."

Check it out below.


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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. More...

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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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