Metallica: A Brief History of…

1981 Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield form a band including original bassist
Ron McGovney and lead guitarist, Dave Mustaine and call it Metallica.

1983 Metallica gets a new bassist by the name of Cliff Burton. The band then boots Mustaine and picks up Kirk Hammett. Kill ‘Em All the bands first album is released later that year. Originally released on Megaforce records, then released by Elektra with the additional tracks Am I Evil? and Blitzkrieg but those two tracks were later removed.

Kill ‘Em All
Hit The Lights Blitzkrieg


The Four Horsemen Phantom Lord
Motorbreath No Remorse
Jump In The Fire Seek & Destroy
(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth Metal Militia
Whiplash Am I Evil?

1984 Metallica’s second album, Ride the Lightning, is released.

Ride The Lightning
Fight Fire With Fire Trapped Under Ice


Ride The Lightning Escape
For Whom The Bell Tolls Creeping Death
Fade To Black The Call Of Ktulu

1986 Metallica’s third release, Master of Puppets, sells a million copies in the U.S. alone. Cliff Burton is killed in a bus accident while on tour in Sweden. Soon after, new bassist Jason Newsted joins Metallica.

Master Of Puppets
Battery Disposable Heroes


Master Of Puppets Leper Messiah
The Thing That Should Not Be Orion
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Damage, Inc.

1987 The band converts Lars’ garage into a rehearsal room, records a handful of favorite cover songs, and releases them on the now out of print $9.98 CD: Garage Days Re-Revisited (a.k.a., The $5.98 EP).

Garage Days Re-Revisited
Helpless Stone Cold Crazy

The Small Hours So What
The Wait Killing Time
Last Caress / Green Hell Overkill
Am I Evil? Damage Case
Blitzkrieg Stone Dead Forever
Breadfan Too Late Too Late
The Prince Crash Course in Brain Surgery

1988 Metallica releases the video Cliff ‘Em All and their fourth LP, …And Justice for All along with two singles, Harvester of Sorrow and One.

…And Justice for All
Blackened Harvester Of Sorrow


…And Justice For All The Frayed Ends Of Sanity
Eye Of The Beholder To Live Is To Die
One Dyers Eve
The Shortest Straw  
Cliff ‘Em All
Video / DVD


1989 Two different videos for One were released which can be purchased under the title 2 of One.

2 of One


1991 The self titled fifth album comes to be known as “The Black Album”. The singles Enter Sandman, Sad but True, Nothing Else Matters, and Wherever I May Roam are released with the album.

Metallica (a.k.a., The Black Album)
Enter Sandman Through The Never


Sad But True Nothing Else Matters
Holier Than Thou Of Wolf And Man
The Unforgiven The God That Failed
Wherever I May Roam My Friend Of Misery
Don’t Tread On Me The Struggle Within

1992 The release of the video Metallica, A Year And A Half in the Life Of.

Metallica, A Year And A Half in the Life Of
Video / DVD


1993 The box set Live Shit: Binge & Purge is put out including 3 CD’s and 3 videos.

Live Shit: Binge & Purge
Disc 1
Enter Sandman Of Wolf And Man


Creeping Death The Unforgiven
Harvester Of Sorrow Justice Medley
Welcome Home (Sanitarium) Solos (Bass/Guitar)
Sad But True
Disc 2
Through The Never Master Of Puppets
For Whom The Bell Tolls Seek & Destroy
Fade To Black Whiplash
Disc 3
Nothing Else Matters Battery
Wherever I May Roam The Four Horsemen
Am I Evil? Motorbreath
Last Caress Stone Cold Crazy

1996 The band releases Load, and the singles Until It Sleeps, King Nothing, Mama Said, and Hero Of The Day.

Ain’t My Bitch Cure

2 X 4 Poor Twisted Me
The House Jack Built Wasting My Hate
Until It Sleeps Mama Said
King Nothing Thorn Within
Hero Of The Day Ronnie
Bleeding Me The Outlaw Torn

1997 The follow up to Load is released, Reload. Singles include The Unforgiven II, The Memory Remains, Fuel, and Better Than You.

Fuel Bad Seed

The Memory Remains Where The Wild Things Are
Devil’s Dance Prince Charming
The Unforgiven II Low Man’s Lyric
Better Than You Attitude
Slither Fixxxer
Carpe Diem Baby  

1998 A 2CD set called Garage Inc.. with 27 cover songs, including all the tracks from the now out of print Garage Days. Also included are Am I Evil? and Blitzkrieg which are also no longer available on Kill ‘Em All, plus B sides from a number of singles. A video titled Cunning Stunts is also released.

Garage Inc.
Disc 1
Free Speech For The Dumb Mercyful Fate


It’s Electric Astronomy
Sabbra Cadabra Whiskey In The Jar
Turn The Page Tuesday’s Gone
Die, Die My Darling The More I See
Disc 2
Helpless The Prince
The Small Hours Stone Cold Crazy
The Wait So What
Crash Course In Brain Surgery Killing Time
Last Caress/Green Hell Overkill
Am I Evil? Damage Case
Blitzkrieg Stone Dead Forever
Breadfan Too Late Too Late
Cunning Stunts
Video / DVD



1999 The band releases S&M the live album recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra in ’98 as well as the accompanying DVD and VHS.

Disc 1
The Ecstasy Of Gold The Memory Remains

The Call Of Ktulu No Leaf Clover
Master Of Puppets Hero Of The Day
Of Wolf And Man Devil’s Dance
The Thing That Should Not Be Bleeding Me
Disc 2
Nothing Else Matters Outlaw Torn
Until It Sleeps Sad But True
For Whom The Bell Tolls One
-Human Enter Sandman
Wherever I may Roam Battery
S&M Uncensored
Video / DVD


2001 Jason Newsted leaves Metallica.

2003 Rob Trujillo joins the band as the new bassist. Also St. Anger is released with a bonus DVD.

St. Anger
Frantic Shoot Me Again


St. Anger Sweet Amber
Some Kind Of Monster Unnamed Feeling
Dirty Window Purify
Invisible Kid All Within My Hands
My World  

2004 Some Kind of Monster is a music documentary about Metallica’s making of their album St. Anger and the difficulties they had to go through in the process.

Some Kind of Monster


2006 A Metallica music video retrospective of all of their videos up to this time.

The Videos 1989-2004
One Turn The Page


Enter Sandman Whiskey In The Jar
Nothing Else Matters No Leaf Clover
Wherever I May Roam I Disappear
Sad But True St. Anger
Until It Sleeps Frantic
Hero Of The Day The Unnamed Feeling
Mama Said Some Kind of Monster
King Nothing 2 Of One (bonus) – Intro & One (Jammin’
The Memory Remains The Unforgiven (bonus, Theatrical Version)
The Unforgiven II Metallica: Some Kind of Monster (bonus,
Film Trailer)

2008 The latest album, Death Magnetic.

Death Magnetic
That Was Just Your Life Cyanide

The End Of The Line The Unforgiven III
Broken, Beat & Scarred The Judas Kiss
The Day That Never Comes Suicide & Redemption
All Nightmare Long My Apocalypse