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Sunday, November 17 2013

Primal Thrash Therapy? Lessons from the Life of Metallica's James Hetfield

From an odd and tragic childhood, to life as an underground metalhead, to crazy success, James Hetfield has managed a mountain of rage quite well.


Tuesday, September 20 2011

Still Pulling Your Strings: 'Master of Puppets' 25 Years Later

Master of Puppets not only rocketed Metallica into stardom upon its 1986 release, but it also blew a hole in the industry’s unwritten rule that a band without commercial aspirations could not make it and, as a result, helped undermine music censorship.


Sunday, August 28 2011

Wherever He May Roam: Mick Wall Enters Night With a New Rock Bio

Besides writing the harrowing and hilarious drug memoir of his rock life, Paranoid, critic Mick Wall has written biographies on Iron Maiden, Axl Rose, as well as the definitive 2009 Led Zeppelin biography. He talks with PopMatters about his latest book, Enter Night.


Thursday, June 23 2011

Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica

While Ride the Lightning was Metallica’s first exceptionally accomplished recording, Master of Puppets would swiftly become recognised as their first stone cold masterpiece; their Led Zeppelin II; their Ziggy Stardust; their legacy. There would never be a Metallica album quite like it again.


Columns

Tuesday, May 5 2009

Metal Up Yours, Mine & Metallica's

Metallica’s got identity and projection issues -- James Hetfield repeatedly directs a string of insights or even accusations at some mysterious "you", only to concede by song's end that he is talking to himself.


Reviews

Sunday, October 30 2011

Lou Reed and Metallica: Lulu

Have you ever been to a concert where the main act brings out a special guest for a song or two, and the connection is so pure that there is a palpable feeling of excitement in the room? Except in brief, fleeting moments, that doesn’t happen on this album.


Wednesday, August 24 2011

'Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica' Is Some Kind of Monster

While Enter Night is not the tightest rock biography ever penned, Mick Wall’s comprehensive examination of Metallica offers not only the band’s history, but a history of Metal from the late ‘70s to the present.


Thursday, September 11 2008

Metallica: Death Magnetic

With Rick Rubin at the helm, the once proud metal greats attempt to recover after hitting an all-time low.


Thursday, January 11 2007

Metallica: Metallica - The Videos 1989-2004

Is Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 worth a solid viewing? The answer, happily, is a resounding yes.


Wednesday, October 12 2005

Metallica: The History of Metallica: Out of the Loop [DVD]

Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.


Blogs

Friday, January 10 2014

Counterbalance No. 158 Metallica's 'Master of Puppets'

Lashing out the action, returning the reaction. Weak are ripped and torn away. Hypnotizing power, crushing all that cower. The 158th most acclaimed album of all time is here to stay. A 1986 metal landmark is this week's Counterbalance.


Friday, September 27 2013

Apocalypse Huh? 'Metallica: Through the Never'

Metallica are a lean, mean business machine, still ballsy enough to pull off something as silly as Through the Never but seasoned enough to never let the genre-bending concert film distract from their one true saving grace - their musicianship.


Wednesday, August 8 2012

5 Great Bands (Spun Off from Other Great Bands)

Not every band borne out of a great predecessor can measure up. Here are five that do.


Tuesday, June 19 2012

"Mission to Lars" Is a Documentary Movie with Metallica

Feature length documentary following the trials and tribulations of the Spicer family, as they set out to make Tom a fragile X syndrome sufferer's dream of meeting Metallica’s Lars Ulrich a reality


Thursday, June 14 2012

Metallica Aids in Effort to Find Killer

Metallica has been the source of ongoing contention for well over the past decade. For the moment, it’s probably a good idea to cast


1991: A Landmark Year for Rock Albums (Sound Affects) [4.Feb.11]

News

Wednesday, May 26 2010

Heavy metal brushstrokes: Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted finds a new gig , as a painter

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Nicole Leigh Smith and her man were at their Montana ranch, where he was moping with his right arm in a sling,


Tuesday, January 27 2009

Metallica proves its metal

When most bands start focusing on death, writing about "The End of the Line" or "My Apocalypse," it's generally not a good sign. When that


Monday, January 26 2009

Metallica too loud? Too bad, says drummer Lars Ulrich

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has seen "This Is Spinal Tap" and its comical tale of a has-been metal band overstaying its welcome. He has laughed,


Thursday, September 25 2008

Metallica fans say 'Guitar Hero' versions of 'Death Magnetic' songs beat those of the CD

Fans of heavy metal band Metallica have been complaining that the group's new album, "Death Magnetic," suffers from heavy-handed distortion effects. Too bad, right? Well,


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