One cannot simply talk about metal and NOT talk about Metallica. The 80’s had just begun Danish drummer Lars Ulrich was searching for his American Dream in LA. Lars put an advertisement in the local paper and as fate would have it, the devil answered. James Hetfield showed up at the door and in that one moment history was made. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall when these two legends met for the first time, what a story that would be to tell.
One of the “Big Four” of thrash metal, Metallica is the stuff mythology is made of. Joining them on the annals of music lore were Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer. These four bands redefined the heavy metal genre and brought us some of the first Thrash.
- Kill ‘Em All (1983)
- Ride The Lightening (1984)
- Master of Puppets (1986)
- …And Justice For All (1988)
- Metallica (1991)
- Load (1996)
- Reload (1997)
- Anger (2003)
- Death Magnetic (2008)
- Untitled (2016)
Master of Puppets
The 3rd studio album from the band was released in 1986 by Elektra Records to critical acclaim. The bands most played song of all time, Master of Puppets was ranked by VH1 as the 3rd greatest heavy metal song ever. IGN named the album best heavy metal album of all-time and the main riff of the title track was named number 7 among the top 20 guitar riffs ever. These guys really knew how to make music that moved you. Fans are certain that the new album in 2016 will prove that the band still knows how!
…And Justice For All
The bands 4th studio album was also released by Elektra Records, this time in 1988 and again to critical acclaim. The nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance was lost with much controversy to Jethro Tull’s Crest of a Knave. Metallica is a prolific band, and we see that reflected in the amount of music they make, but also in the length of the songs. Songs were often too long or unappealing for mainstream radio. The songs also often posed a problem during live sets, they just took so much time to play that the guys just weren’t enjoying it; and still the song One became a permanent fixture in the bands set list. The fast tempos, guitar arpeggios and unusual time signatures the guys really made this album a test of their musical ability by putting as much as they could into every single moment of every single song.
Influential, and critically acclaimed musicians James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo, and Lars Ulrich effected the course of music with their long, dramatic guitar solos. The speed of the music, the clear skill it took to write such masterpieces can only be accounted to extraordinary artists. Even though you may not be a fan of heavy metal and the diverse selection of subgenres the genre offers, it is impossible not to see the time, dedication and crafting that went into making history; into making Metallica.
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