Metallica / No Peace For The Wicked 1983 - 2008

 

1983 - 1991

 

1 WHIPLASH / KILL ‘EM ALL JULY 1983

2 SEEK AND DESTROY / KILL ‘EM ALL JULY 1983

3 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS / RIDE THE LIGHTNING JULY 1984

4 FADE TO BLACK / RIDE THE LIGHTNING JULY 1984

5 CREEPING DEATH / RIDE THE LIGHTNING JULY 1984

6 BLITZKRIEG / SINGLE B SIDE NOVEMBER 1984

7 BATTERY / MASTER OF PUPPETS MARCH 1986

8 MASTER OF PUPPETS / MASTER OF PUPPETS MARCH 1986

9 WELCOME HOME (SANITARIUM) / MASTER OF PUPPETS MARCH 1986

10 LAST CARESS / 5.98 DOLLARS EP AUGUST 1987

11 ONE / …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL SEPTEMBER 1988

12 HARVESTER OF SORROW / …AND JUSTICE FOR ALL SEPTEMBER 1988

13 ENTER SANDMAN / SINGLE A SIDE JULY 1991

14 STONE COLD CRAZY / SINGLE B SIDE JULY 1991

 

1991 - 2008

 

1 SAD BUT TRUE / METALLICA AUGUST 1991

2 THE UNFORGIVEN / METALLICA AUGUST 1991

3 WHEREVER I MAY ROAM / METALLICA AUGUST 1991

4 NOTHING ELSE MATTERS / METALLICA AUGUST 1991

5 SO WHAT / SINGLE B SIDE NOVEMBER 1991

6 UNTIL IT SLEEPS / SINGLE A SIDE MAY 1996

7 MAMA SAID / LOAD JUNE 1996

8 FUEL / RELOAD NOVEMBER 1997

9 WHISKEY IN THE JAR / GARAGE INC NOVEMBER 1998

10 FREE SPEECH FOR THE DUMB / GARAGE INC NOVEMBER 1998

11 HERO OF THE DAY / S&M NOVEMBER 1999

12 I DISAPPEAR / SINGLE A SIDE FEBRUARY 2000

13 FRANTIC / ST. ANGER JUNE 2003

14 THE DAY THAT NEVER COMES / DEATH MAGNETIC SEPTEMBER 2008

15 MY APOCALYPSE / DEATH MAGNETIC SEPTEMBER 2008

 

   The fact that Metallica were all set to call their debut album Metal Up Your Ass says everything about the youthful arrogance and fury, which fired their early years. Out of step with their big haired LA peers led by Motley Crue, Metallica’s early ambitions ran no further than to ape the transatlantic crunch and swagger of the clumsily titled New Wave of British Heavy Metal

   Initially they succeeded, their earliest recordings, heavily indebted to Motorhead, Diamond Head and Satanic brutalists Venom, although in sleazy, early eighties LA, their all out filth, fury, leather and ripped denim marked them as outcasts. Their raging songs were dubbed ‘Thrash Metal’, a description they initially bore as a badge of pride. But, no sooner had they relocated to a more welcoming San Francisco and defined the sub genre with Kill ‘Em All, than they were expressing a desire to stretch beyond its limited boundaries.

   Infact, Metallica outgrew their crude origins with indecent haste. Ride The Lightning tempered their speed and aggression, while Master Of Puppets remains one of the most revolutionary metal albums ever! By album four, Metallica were the biggest cult band on the planet, their name a by word for non-conformity and bloody-minded self-belief. But, ...And Justice For All was a bloated beast, its songs so convoluted the band had trouble playing them live. So they decided to forge a different course.

   Clearing away the final strands of thrash bombast, Metallica took up the strenuous task of translating their trademark sound to the universal language of rock. The result was Metallica, known forever after as the Black Album. Featuring their most concise songs yet, from shadowy ballads to nocturnally minded anthems, all with brutally efficient riffola, it was a wonder of early nineties rock that took metal to the masses like never before. Almost overnight, America became a nation of headbangers.

   When the dust finally settled and some 22 million sales later, Metallica found themselves orbiting the stratosphere as rock Gods. There was the inevitable backlash from old thrash fans stuck in a timewarp, but all Metallica had really done was move on. And they continued to do so, reopening their Pandora’s Box of influences to churn out bile fuelled covers, experimenting with orchestral rock, and, in the new millennium, bravely filming their darkest, most troubled times. Right now, over 25 years after their debut, they have proved once and for all that they are not just middle-aged dinosaurs trying to rediscover their mojo of yesteryear. Because Death Magnetic sounds like the start of their future and has given them a new generation of fans, who believe they have found something real in this golden age of bullshit. There maybe life in the old Gods yet!

 

October 2008