The rise of Metallica from metal-obsessed, booze-fuelled long-hairs to multi-million-selling, box-office busting, stadium-filling rock gods is captured in a new special edition from Classic Rock and Metal Hammer. Metallica: The Complete Story is onsale now and available free to all TeamRock+ members.
From their very beginnings, through the inside stories behind the making of their classic albums, the death of Cliff Burton and their rebirth as world conquering game-changers, Classic Rock and Metal Hammer’s writers and photographers have been with them every step of the way. Metallica: The Complete Story collects years of exclusive interviews and features into one bumper volume.
“It’s a remarkable story,” says Editor In Chief Scott Rowley. “Outrageous, funny, boozy, tragic, cruel, dirty, inspiring – the Metallidrama was played out in public and it’s credit to the band’s various members that they’ve been so open over the years.
“But what’s really amazing is what they did. Because, as grandiose as it sounds, Metallica actually changed the world. The rise of Metallica proved that metal was a force to be reckoned with. In 1983, when their debut album was released, the biggest-selling records of the year were Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Lionel Ritchie’s Can’t Slow Down and the Flashdance soundtrack. Faced with that banality, a record called Kill ’Em All struck a chord. Over the following years, this once tiny subculture and its brutal music connected like-minded people all over the world, creating an alternative to the mainstream that was as big as the mainstream itself.
“This is the story of how that happened…”
The Early Years
The beginnings of the metal legends, as Lars and James put the band together…
The Making of Kill ‘Em All
1983 and a young band in San Francisco are about to turn the metal world on its head…
The Making of Ride The Lightning
From thrash wannabes to superstars-in-the-making…
The Making of Master Of Puppets
12 months in the life of a band on the edge of glory.
A Tribute to Cliff Burton
A salute to the man who was the heart and soul of Metallica’s early years.
Cliff Burton’s Last Kiss
Could the last photo in Metallica’s Damage Inc tour programme have hidden a final farewell from their bassist?
The Big Four
Inside 1986: The Year That Thrash Broke.
The Making of …And Justice For All
After the success of Master Of Puppets and the death of Cliff Burton – what next?
The Making of Metallica, aka ‘The Black Album’
The tortured birth of the album that turned them into the world’s biggest metal band.
The End Of Thrash
How the success of The Black Album, and the rise of grunge, killed the thrash movement.
The Making of Load and Re:Load
Inside the much-and-unfairly-maligned albums, designed to make them the U2 of metal…
The Making of St. Anger
Post-rehab, post-counselling, and with a new bass player, metal’s biggest band return!
The Making of Death Magnetic
Geoff Barton grills all four band members as they return with album number nine.
Metallia Go Supernova!
With a number 1 album on both sides of the Atlantic and a sold out 02 Arena, Metallica were back. Where could they go from here?
Meet The Real James Hetfield
Metallica’s frontman like you’ve never heard him before: on bust-ups, tragedy, alcoholism and breakdowns.
Meet The Real Lars Ulrich
Metallica’s drummer (and band leader?) in his most personal interview ever.
Flesh For Lulu: The Lou Reed/Metallica interview
Lou Reed and Metallica on their sex, death and revenge album. “It’s not a party album…”
Diary Of A Madman
Up close and personal with Lars Ulrich.
Through The Never
Inside the Metallimovie. PLUS: Have Metallica blown it? Two CR writers discuss.
Metallica in China
They’ve conquered the western world? Next stop, China. We go on the road in the Far East.
On the road with Metallica on the biggest tour of 2017.
The A-Z of Metallica
An alphabetical guide to them blokes. All the pub quiz ammo you need.