The Metallica debate has been one of the most hotly contested that music has ever seen. Pro or Anti. Sellouts or one of the few bands of the people and for the people. There's an argument for both sides, to be sure, but in the end, if you're not for them, you're probably against them. If we're going to throw down about it and have an intelligent, healthy discourse, it's always good to know where the other person is coming from.
I am what would be categorized as an "OG" fan. I have very clear memories of going to the small local record shop in my hometown back in Canada, the serial killer capital of Canada, no less though nothing to do with me, mind you. The year is 1984 and as a young lad of fourteen, I had saved my loonies (the Canadian dollar, I shit you not) for my monthly purchase. There, on the new release rack were two albums. Slayer's Show No Mercy and Metallica's Ride the Lightning. I bought both. Loved one (Slayer). Really loved the other (Metallica). I was a fan from that moment on and remain a fan to this day.
Even though I call myself a fan, I am not blind to the criticisms. Some have merit the most important one being the songwriting, usually summed up with "Jesus, they suck now!" This is narrow minded. Yes, there hasn't been an album as consistent from start to finish since ...And Justice for All. Each subsequent album has really only had four or five strong cuts surrounded by mostly forgettable ones. But I'll still put those four or five tracks against 98% of what's passed for "metal" the last fifteen years. This includes St. Anger, without a doubt the most ridiculously vilified album in heavy music history. While not the start-to-finish motherfucker we always hope for, there was still those four or five songs
Other arguments from the anti camp are not valid and, many years later, still hold no weight:
The Sound: No they don't play as fast. Fast doesn't equal heavy. Fast doesn't equal good. Grow the fuck up.
The Image: Yes, they cut their hair. Yes, some of them are even going bald. This happens as you get older. It will happen to you. Grow the fuck up.
The Downloading This is where there is no argument. This is where there is no gray area. When the Napster shit went down, you may remember those people that were all "Fuck Lars, man! Fuck Metallica! Rich fucking assholes wanting me to pay for their music. Fuck those guys." You may have known someone like this. You may have even been someone like this.
If you were one of those people, I'm sorry, but fuck you. You think just because music is available for free (albeit illegally), that makes you entitled to it? You think you actually have a good reason to complain because the teat you've been suckling at for years completely free of charge has suddenly run dry? Fuck. You. You're like one those freeloading bastard kids that live at home until you're thirty and get all pissy with your parents when they ask you to chip in for the cable bill. Grow the fuck up. The ones that make the music are the only ones who should have a say in what happens to that music. Everyone else should shut the fuck up.
It's been almost ten years since then, and I actually thought all that shit might have fallen to the footnotes of history but then, lo and behold streaming previews for tracks from Death Magnetic are released, and all the parasites come crawling out of the woodwork, from under the rocks, off the tops of ponds and actually have the unmitigated audacity to complain about the sound quality. Pay some money, and then complain, you fucking douchebags. You'd probably win the lottery and complain about the yearly increments. Dick. But I digress
Death Magnetic is the band's strongest, most consistent slab of original material since ...And Justice for All. And before you ask - no, it's not as good. As specious as the arguments about success spoiling the band have always been, Metallica have never been a band to rest on their laurels. They've put 100% in everything they've ever done but there's something different in the execution of this new stuff the band sounds more rejuvenated then they have in years. Partial credit can certainly go to new(ish) bassist Robert Trujillo, making his recording debut with the band he's been a part of for five years. His bottom-end presence is felt on this one album more than on every Jason Newsted album combined.
Of course, this was never Newsted's fault. Despite being in Metallica for almost fifteen years, we'll never really know what he was fully capable of. Maybe it was the dire circumstances with which he joined, filling the formidable shoes of Cliff Burton, killed in the band's bus crash only three weeks previous. When the three remaining members have that kind of trauma bond, not to mention probably hefty loads of survivor guilt, being the "new guy" isn't an enviable position to say the least. Clearly, they wanted to start off on better footing with Trujillo, allowing him to show off his abilities, of which there are many. And really take a look at the man. He carries himself like he's been a member since the band's inception.
Partial credit can also go to producer Rick Rubin. I say "partial" because as legendary a producer as Rubin has become he is now also legendary for never being in the studio. He'll show up every couple of months, let the band know what's shitty and what isn't, give them an Anthony Robbins 'Be yourself" speech and take off again until the next autumnal equinox. Granted, this approach seems to work for the bands he's made untold fortunes from, and it certainly works for Death Magnetic. But in all fairness let's also give some due to engineer Greg Fidelman who actually put in all the overtime for thirteen months of recording. As always, it all comes down to the music. The St. Anger haters will be happy to know the solos are all back in place and that there is a more commercial drum sound with no more ping, so all you babies can quit yer crying.
The album is bookended by two songs, "That Was Just Your Life" and "My Apocalypse," that stick to very much the same structure as ...And Justice for All. The latter has a quick, crisp riff structure in keeping with "Dyer's Eve" and the former, an all-destruction-all-the-time tempo, both musically and lyrically as "Blackened" in fact, listen close to the lyrics to hear Hetfield's homage to...well, himself.
Death Magnetic is indeed the most riff-heavy album the band has released in twenty years. Each track has all the quick tempo-changes of old with classic-thrash guitar work, "The End of the Line" could just as easily have been written in 1985. There really isn't a bad song on the album each song is worthy of repeated listenings. Some of Hammett's best work in twenty years appears on here as well check out "Broken, Beat and Scarred" and "The Judas Kiss" for proof.
Also included on the album seemingly as an homage to classic Metallica albums is the ubiquitous penultimate instrumental. Unfortunately "Suicide and Redemption" is not "Orion" or "To Live is to Die" or "Call of Ktulu," but one of Death Magnetic's few weak links, sounding little more than a ten minute soundcheck jam, albeit with some great shredding from Kirk Hammett, who, now that he's been let out of the solo closet he's been locked in for years is more than ready to make up for lost time.
When all else is said and done, this could very well be the album to finally silence the haters, of which there are seemingly legion but make no mistake - Death Magnetic was not an album made to appease the disgruntled or to kowtow to those who would piss and moan for half the band's career. Metallica's fans are legion too, and this album serves as a strong reminder of why we stuck around in the first place.
So while it's not perfect (“The Unforgiven III”), Death Magnetic was and is a really, really good album, and it did exactly what it was supposed to do.
Death Magnetic was certified 2× platinum (two million units sold) by the RIAA on June 28, 2010.
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With over 20 million copies sold worldwide, Metallica's eponymous fifth album, better known as the 'Black' album, is one of the biggest-selling metal albums ever. Famously, the San Francisco quartet had sold one million records with 1986's Master Of Puppets without releasing a single or ever making a promotional video.
Why was Death Magnetic recorded in E tuning, when they play everything live in E-flat (including that album) anyway? : r/Metallica.
Since July 7, 2017 the album officially sold more than 1,004,000 copies in the United States. The former No. 1 set is the band's 12th album to sell at least a million copies since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.
Expectedly, the big one is Metallica. Enter Sandman is the leader thanks to its near 4.5 million US sales out of a 6 million total. It's only one of the 3 songs from the album which feature more often than not inside iTunes' extended Top 1500.
Bon Jovi achieved widespread global recognition with its third album Slippery When Wet (1986), which remains their best-selling album to date with over 28 million copies sold worldwide.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, British rock band The Beatles are top of the list for best-selling artists worldwide, with 183 million units certified sales.
And during one of his old interviews, James Hetfield revealed his one, as well. A few years ago, James Hetfield was asked which Metallica song made him proud the most. And while he was answering, the talented musician named his favorite song 'The Unforgiven II' from the band's 1997 album Reload.
Mercyful Fate is the Disc 1 seventh track from 1998's album Garage, Inc. It was written by King Diamond and Hank Shermann, and has a length of 11:10. It's the longest Metallica song featuring in a studio album.
1 song in four different decades — the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. Metallica's No. 1 Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs are: Until it Sleeps (1996); Hero of the Day (1996); Turn the Page (1998); No Leaf Clover (2000); I Disappear (2000); The Day That Never Comes (2008); Cyanide (2009); Hardwired (2016); Atlas, Rise!
Metallica are the third-best selling music act since 1991, and are one of the most influential bands in the genre. They have also surpassed 1 billion streams on Spotify. James Hetfield & co must, therefore, be considered the greatest metal act of all time.
Metallica (The Black Album) (1991)
“Metallica” is one of the best-selling albums in history, also known as “The Black Album.” It is, doubtlessly, the band's most famous work. Metallica has sold over 30 million copies of this album alone since its release.
“They're the biggest band in the world,” says Another Planet Entertainment CEO Gregg Perloff, who has been promoting Metallica shows in the Bay Area for decades. “A lot of bands can claim to be — and certainly there are huge bands like U2 and the Rolling Stones.
Master of Puppets was actually Metallica's first album to feature a tuning that wasn't E standard. Here, they used the D standard for The Thing That Should Not Be. There are some theories flying around that it's actually drop D. However, it's D standard.
John Dowland was a Renaissance composer (1500-1600's-ish) From my repertoire, those are the earliest compositions I know of that call for drop-D. (D-A-D-G-B-E) Mind you, he was also composing for lute, so the pieces were arranged later.
THE TONALITY OF METALLICA:
One of the primary key signatures used by Metallica is the key of "E Minor." Metallica's music is most notably characterized by its song structures that apply heavy "low-ended" registers, composed of long strings of riffs that surround the vocals.
Their net worth of approximately $900 million. According to Forbes 2019 “World's Most High-Paid Celebrities List” included Metallica. The band has nine Grammy Awards and is one of the richest and most successful music bands. (But the total net worth is changed to approximately: $950 million in 2022.)
As of September 2022, James Hetfield's net worth is roughly $300 Million. What is this? James Hetfield is an American musician and songwriter best known for being the co-founder, lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist, and main songwriter for the American heavy metal band 'Metallica'.
Metallica has since been certified 16 times platinum by the RIAA.
In total, Metallica has 10 number-one singles on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart, which began in 1981. That ties them for fifth-most in the history of the 39-year-old list, alongside Disturbed and Tom Petty. Shinedown has the most number-ones, with 16.
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Bob Rock encouraged Metallica to use the drums to drive each song forward instead of lagging behind the guitars. It was a technique that propelled the band into the stratosphere, and helped “The Black Album” sell 600,000 in its first week, hitting No. 1 in 10 countries and topping the Billboard 200 for four weeks.
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Bon Jovi has placed 25 songs on the Billboard 100 during their career, with 10 of them cracking the top 10 and 4 going all the way to number one. Here's a look back at the 7 biggest Bon Jovi songs ranked by peak chart position and number of weeks on the chart.
Since the 70s, Queen has sold 300 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling artists in history. Billboard ranked them as the 87th Greatest Artist of all time. According to RIAA, Queen has sold 86.5 million certified records in the US.
When asked about his least favorite Metallica song of all time, Lars Ulrich said the following: There's a song called “Eye of the Beholder” on the Justice album. Wherever I hear that song, it sounds kind of like — I guess we don't want to be super-disrespectful to it — but it sounds really forced.
When reflecting on how 'Master of Puppets' and 'One' represent the band best, Ulrich revealed to GQ that the first Metallica song that comes to mind as his favourite is 'Sad But True'. This comes as somewhat of a surprise, as the drums on this classic are not as complex as a lot of his other work.
“Of course, I like playing 'Dyers Eve',” he said, “because it's a challenge every time we play it. Every time I play that guitar solo and I pulled it off and I'm like yeah I did it again.
“Thick as a Brick” is the longest popular rock song ever recorded. It is so long that it's actually the only track on the album, with each part taking up an entire side!
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- In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. ...
- Voodoo Chile. ...
- Achilles Last Stand. ...
- Coma. ...
- All Too Well (Ten Minute Version) Song Length: 10:13. ...
- Free Bird. Song Length: 10:07. ...
- American Pie. Song Length: 8:42.
'In My Time of Dying' is the longest Led Zeppelin song at just over 11 minutes. While Zeppelin never shied away from lengthy tracks, the band really pushed the envelope with “In My Time of Dying,” a traditional blues recorded by several musicians (including Bob Dylan) before them.
100 Greatest Songs From 1980.
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|3||Another One Bites the Dust||Queen|
|4||You Shook Me All Night Long||AC/DC|
Metallica's "Master of Puppets" was a non-negotiable for the memorable sequence in the Stranger Things season 4 finale, says the music supervisor. Metallica's "Master of Puppets" was a non-negotiable for the unforgettable climactic sequence in the Stranger Things season 4 finale, says the series' music supervisor.
Metallica's First Chart Hit Was "One" of Their Heaviest | Totally 80s.
According to Pollstar, Metallica have sold approximately 22.1 million tickets since 1982, bringing in around $1.4 billion. This is in comparison to AC/DC (14 million tickets sold) and Ozzy Osbourne (13.2 million tickets if one combines both Ozzy and Black Sabbath sales).
Metallica is officially the Biggest Band in the world for Heavy Metal based on sheer revenue, longevity and popularity. With a Net Worth of over $900 million dollars Metallica has sold over 125 million albums worldwide and has sold upwards of 22 million tickets equaling 1.5 Billion dollars in sales.
Preparing itself to call its quit in rock, KISS has sold more than 100 million copies worldwide, which was way lower than Metallica because they have over 130 million sales.
In 2019, QUEEN — still riding the success of the 2018 feature film “Bohemian Rhapsody” — sold more albums than any other rock artist, with total sales of nearly 900,000. That put the group well ahead of The Beatles (615,000), Tool (604,000), Pink Floyd (306,000) and Metallica (275,000).
Death Magnetic was certified 2× platinum (two million units sold) by the RIAA on June 28, 2010.
1. The Beatles — 183 million units.
Having gone through that, the best selling rock band of all time is Led Zeppelin with 111.5 million records sold. They went platinum 111 times! That's nuts. It's a big dip until we get to #2, AC/DC and Pink Floyd are tied with 75 million sold.
“Thanks to the most dedicated fans in the world… you all are incredible!” Looking at more of their stats, though, the group's music reached a remarkable 45.9 million listeners in 79 countries, leading to a total of 89.9 million hours, or 10,262 years of their music being streamed in just one year.