Metallica’s Thrash Classic “Ride The Lightning” Was Released 35 Years Ago

The history of thrash metal got another ring on the world-tree in 1984 with the release of Ride the Lightning (Megaforce/Elektra Records), the second album by Metallica. With better songwriting, tight production, and more originality than their debut Kill Em All (Megaforce), Ride moved the needle forward for the entire genre and cemented Metallica as the premiere band in the genre. Continue reading

Metallica’s “And Justice For All” Turns 30!

Today marks the thirtieth anniversary of Metallica’s And Justice For All (August 25th for some lucky folks in Europe). It was technically amazing, featured great songwriting, and immediately divided the fans. Sure every Metallica album has been an intentional departure from the last (see also David Bowie, Madonna, Deftones), but this album definitely jarred the fanbase when it first dropped. Sure we’ve heard over and over about the lack of bass or the inaudible bass, the “let’s see you play this!” long songs of over the top technicality, and the rushed solos Kirk Hammett recorded. Still, it’s an incredible, mostly heavy document of the band in one sense at a peak they have yet to return to creatively. Let’s take a quick look back at And Justice For All… Continue reading

Cliff Burton’s Father Donates His Metallica Royalties To Music Charities

In a recent interview with the Alphabetallica podcast, late Metallica bassist Cliff Burton’s father Ray Burton has admitted that he gives some of the royalty monies he collects to charity. Some of the money the elder Burton collects from the seminal albums Cliff played on, Kill ‘Em All, Master of Puppets, and Ride the Lightning, go to music schools in the Castro Valley. Continue reading

Metallica Perform “Orion” In Tribute To Cliff Burton At Pala Alpitour In Italy

Photo by Brett Murray for Metallica.com

Yesterday was officially “Cliff Burton Day” in the Castro Valley, but that didn’t stop Metallica from paying tribute to their legendary bassist at last night’s show in Turin, Italy. Continue reading

Metal Allegiance Pays Tribute To Fallen Heroes In Anaheim

Metal Allegiance promised that their “Fallen Heroes” show would be something to see, and they weren’t lying. Continue reading