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Metallica history: a short infographic story

Here we have the history of Metallica told in a time line, a visual way to check on their career and trajectory. This is the story of the heavy metal champions, that has a lot of cameos, some of them being: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), Napster and Lou Reed.


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The history of Metallica in short:

Metallica started in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA. After some turns and rounds, comes and goes, James Hetfield (guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums) settle to be the creative core of the band. They afterwards meet bassist Cliff burton, after checking his notable bass abilities which we all came to know him for. At first, the line up of Metallica included briefly Dave Mustaine on guitar, but he did not get along too well with the other members of the band so before the release of their first album he was kicked out. His replacement was guitarist Kirk Hammet. As a spin off this Metallica story, Dave Mustaine then founded the heavy metal counterpart Megadeth, which also became a massive band.

About that first record: in 1983 Metallica released their debut album: Kill ´em All.

Their impact in the under metal music scene began to grow from the beginning. Later releases Ride the Lightning in 1984 and the mythical Master of Puppers in 1986 helped cement their good reputation. It was during the tour for that last mentioned record that bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident. By that time Metallica was a much respected metal band in the United States.

Metallica decided to continue with a new bass player: Jason Newsted joined and the band released an EP of cover versions in 1988. Then, that same year the critically acclaimed … And Justice for All was released.

The big break for Metallica came in 1991 with their selftitled album, also known as the black album. This record has memorable tunes that became classics: Enter Sandman, Nothing Else Matters y The Unforgiven.

After years of not releasing any new material the band returned with a much more sober look: short hair and a clean attitude, grown ups that tooks things more seriously. That was when they released two records that usually split their fans and critics: Load in 1996 and Reload in 1997.

1998 was the year for a covers album: Garage Inc. And the following year the classic orchestral live album S&M was released. Basically, a productive time for Metallica but no new original tracks were released.

In 2001 Jason Newsted left the band because of rising conflicts between Metallica´s agenda and his other projects. Metallica continued to record their next album in 2003, which is considered to be their worst: St. Anger. The production on this record and specially the snare drum sound were the focus of criticism. Anyways, with that album already released Metallica got themselves a new bass player, the versatile Robert Trujillo. By this point, we have the final Metallica line up: James Hetfield (vocals and guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Kirk Hammet (guitar) y Robert Trujillo (bass).

Their most recent records are Death Magnetic released in 2008, the not so well received Lulu in 2011 (in collaboration with Lou Reed) and Hardwired… to selfdestruct from 2013 which did better.

Metallica Discography

Metallica has released eleven studio albums and some live albums as well, but for the latter we will just mention S&M, their live symphonic effort, which became a classic. I short, here are all Metallica albums listed:

  • Kill em All (1983)
  • Ride the Lightning (1984)
  • Master of Puppets (1986)
  • … And Justice for all (1988)
  • Metallica (1991)
  • Load (1996)
  • Reload (1997)
  • Garage Inc. (1998)
  • S&M (1999)
  • St. Anger (2003)
  • Death Magnetic (2008)
  • Hardwired… To Self-destruct (2016)

We will see if these heavy metal icons will release some music any time soon.

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