Tag: Metallica

Wednesday 1/11/23 8pm ET: Feature LP: Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)

Master of Puppets is the third studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on March 3, 1986, by Elektra Records. Recorded in Denmark at Sweet Silence Studios with producer Flemming Rasmussen, it was the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in a bus accident in Sweden during the album’s promotional tour.

The album’s artwork, designed by Metallica and Peter Mensch and painted by Don Brautigam, depicts a cemetery field of white crosses tethered to strings, manipulated by a pair of hands in a clouded, blood-red sky, with a fiery orange glow on the horizon. Instead of releasing a single or video in advance of the album’s release, Metallica embarked on a five-month American tour in support of Ozzy Osbourne. The European leg was canceled after Burton’s death in September 1986, and the band returned home to audition a new bassist.

Master of Puppets peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and received widespread acclaim from critics, who praised its music and political lyrics. It is widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential metal albums of all time, and is credited with consolidating the American thrash metal scene. It was certified six times platinum by the RIAA in 2003 for shipping six million copies in the United States, and was later certified six times platinum by Music Canada and platinum by the BPI. In 2015, Master of Puppets became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

  1. “Battery” 5:13
  2. “Master of Puppets” 8:36
  3. “The Thing That Should Not Be” 6:36
  4. “Welcome Home (Sanitarium)” 6:27
  5. “Disposable Heroes” 8:17
  6. “Leper Messiah” 5:40
  7. “Orion” 8:27
  8. “Damage, Inc.” 5:32

James Hetfield – vocals, rhythm guitar, 1st guitar solo on “Master of Puppets”, 2nd guitar solo on “Orion”, production
Kirk Hammett – lead guitar, production
Cliff Burton – bass, backing vocals, production
Lars Ulrich – drums, production
Jason Newsted – bass and backing vocals (bonus tracks only)

Thursday 7/28/22 9pm ET: Feature LP: Metallica – Load (1996)

Load is the sixth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on June 4, 1996 by Elektra Records in the United States and by Vertigo Records internationally. The album showed more of a hard rock side of Metallica than the band’s typical thrash metal style, which alienated much of the band’s fanbase. It also featured influences from genres such as Southern rock, blues rock, country rock, and alternative rock. Drummer Lars Ulrich said about Load’s more exploratory nature, “This album and what we’re doing with it – that, to me, is what Metallica are all about: exploring different things. The minute you stop exploring, then just sit down and fucking die.” Load is the first of Metallica’s albums to feature only three songwriters, the other being 2016’s Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. At 79 minutes, Load is Metallica’s longest studio album.

Load received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success, debuting and spending four consecutive weeks at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart. Load sold 680,000 units in its first week, making it the biggest opening week for Metallica as well as the biggest debut of 1996. It was certified 5× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipping five million copies in the United States. Four singles—”Until It Sleeps”, “Hero of the Day”, “Mama Said”, and “King Nothing”—were released as part of the marketing campaign for the album.

  1. “Ain’t My Bitch” 5:04
  2. “2 X 4” 5:28
  3. “The House Jack Built” 6:39
  4. “Until It Sleeps” 4:28
  5. “King Nothing” 5:30
  6. “Hero of the Day” 4:22
  7. “Bleeding Me” 8:18
  8. “Cure” 4:54
  9. “Poor Twisted Me” 4:00
  10. “Wasting My Hate” 3:57
  11. “Mama Said” 5:20
  12. “Thorn Within” 5:52
  13. “Ronnie” 5:17
  14. “The Outlaw Torn” 9:49

James Hetfield – vocals, rhythm guitar, lead guitar on “2 X 4”, “The House Jack Built”, “King Nothing”, “Thorn Within” and “The Outlaw Torn”
Kirk Hammett – lead and rhythm guitar
Jason Newsted – bass
Lars Ulrich – drums

Wednesday 7/6/22 1am ET: Live Track Show


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Tuesday 11/19/2020 1:15am ET: Feature LP: Metallica – S&M2 (2020)

S&M2 is a live album by American heavy metal band Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony. The album is a follow-up to S&M, a live collaborative album released in 1999. Like S&M, the album was recorded during a live performance in San Francisco at the Chase Center in 2019. The performance was also filmed and released theatrically on October 9, 2019.

On April 21–22, 1999, Metallica, in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony and Michael Kamen, recorded and filmed a concert at the Berkeley Community Theater. The performance was released as a film and a live album in November 1999.

In March 2019, Metallica announced the S&M2 concert. The concert, which was similarly performed in collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony, was planned in celebration of the 20th anniversary of S&M. The concert was recorded and filmed at the Chase Center in San Francisco on September 6 and September 8, 2019 with Edwin Outwater and Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the symphony orchestra. The concert also marked the grand opening of the Chase Center. Filming was directed by Wayne Isham, who also directed S&M.

1. “The Ecstasy of Gold” (instrumental) 2:41
2. “The Call of Ktulu” 9:14
3. “For Whom the Bell Tolls” 4:37
4. “The Day That Never Comes” 8:27
5. “The Memory Remains” 5:42
6. “Confusion” 6:41
7. “Moth into Flame” 6:18
8. “The Outlaw Torn” 10:03
9. “No Leaf Clover” 5:30
10. “Halo on Fire” 8:17

1. “Intro to Scythian Suite” 5:17
2. “Scythian Suite, Opus 20 II: The Enemy God and the Dance of the Dark Spirits” 3:39
3. “Intro to the Iron Foundry” 1:03
4. “The Iron Foundry, Opus 19” 4:16
5. “The Unforgiven III” 8:19
6. “All Within My Hands” 6:13
7. “(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” 7:27
8. “Wherever I May Roam” 6:32
9. “One” 9:23
10. “Master of Puppets” 8:29
11. “Nothing Else Matters” 6:39
12. “Enter Sandman” 8:45


Wednesday 7pm: Metallica

We continue our January feature with Metallica.

Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica’s current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who formed Megadeth) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first five albums. The band’s third album, Master of Puppets (1986), was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums; its eponymous fifth album, Metallica (1991), the band’s first to root predominantly in heavy metal, appealed to a more mainstream audience, achieving substantial commercial success and selling over 16 million copies in the United States to date, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. After experimenting with different genres and directions in subsequent releases, the band returned to its thrash metal roots with the release of its ninth album, Death Magnetic (2008), which drew similar praise to that of the band’s earlier albums.

In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent; after reaching a settlement, Napster became a pay-to-use service in 2003. Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band’s eighth album, St. Anger (2003), and the internal struggles within the band at the time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, in which the band performed live against a fictional thriller storyline.

Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos. The band has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, and its last six studio albums (beginning with Metallica) have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone, which ranked them at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. As of 2017, Metallica is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums in the United States. – Wikipedia


Monday 10pm: Feature LP: Metallica – Death Magnetic (2008)

Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica, released on September 12, 2008 through Warner Bros. Records. It was the band’s first album to be produced by Rick Rubin, making this their first album since …And Justice For All (1988) not to be produced by Bob Rock. The album was the first by the band to feature bass guitarist Robert Trujillo.

Musically, Death Magnetic is a radical departure from Metallica’s previous album, St. Anger (2003), which featured simple instrumentation, downtuned guitars, stripped-down production, and an absence of guitar solos. This album, on the other hand, features more complex musical compositions and long, technical guitar solos from both Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield, and standard guitar tuning in most songs, marking a return to the band’s thrash metal roots. The album received mostly positive reviews upon release, with critics describing it as a return to the musical style of their early albums. Despite its praise, there was much criticism aimed at the album’s production, which featured an overly compressed dynamic range that caused some songs to feature poor sound quality.

Death Magnetic was the band’s first album released through Warner Bros., although they still remain with Warner Music Group, which also owns their previous label, Elektra Records. Outside of North America, they are distributed through Universal Music Group as they remain signed to Vertigo Records in the UK. The album was also Metallica’s fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, making them the first band ever to do so. In support of the album, Metallica commenced on the World Magnetic Tour from 2008 until 2010. All of Death Magnetic was made available as downloadable content in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock. – Wikipedia

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Feature Artist: Metallica (Singles) 6pm ET

MetallicaMetallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band’s current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band’s albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo. – Wikipedia