Sunday, November 17 2013
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
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
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
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.
Tuesday, May 5 2009
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.
Sunday, October 30 2011
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
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
With Rick Rubin at the helm, the once proud metal greats attempt to recover after hitting an all-time low.
Thursday, January 11 2007
Is Metallica: The Videos 1989-2004 worth a solid viewing? The answer, happily, is a resounding yes.
Wednesday, October 12 2005
Everything about this DVD reeks of crass exploitation at its worst.
Thursday, March 5 2015
This week in metal brought a much needed injection of creativity into black metal and the 30th anniversary of a classic yet underrated metal album.
Friday, January 10 2014
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
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
Not every band borne out of a great predecessor can measure up. Here are five that do.
Tuesday, June 19 2012
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
Wednesday, May 26 2010
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
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 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
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,