Metallica is a legendary band that helped define the genre of thrash metal (though nowadays their sound can be considered more hard rock or garage than thrash). Their first lineup was James Hetfield (vocals and rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar), and Ron McGoveney (bass). Ron was replaced with Cliff Burton and Dave was replaced with Kirk Hammett and they released their first album (Kill 'em All) in 1983. The rest of their albums include Ride the Lightning (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), ...And Justice For All (1988), Metallica (aka ''The Black Album'')(1991), Load (1996), Reload (1997), Garage Inc. (1998), S&M (1999), and St. Anger (2003). During their Master of Puppets tour, Cliff Burton died in a tragic bus accident on September 27, 1986. He was replaced with Jason Newsted, and Jason left in the late 90's and was replaced with Robert Trujillo. Metallica has gone through their share of struggles and hardships (Cliff's death, James' alchohol problems, Lars filing a lawsuit against Napster, and conflicts with each other), but they have managed to withstand the test of time and give it their all. Metallica is a great band and those who disagree need to stop making a big deal about it.
Sorry to all the Metallibashers out there, because Metallica's gonna be around for years to come.
Cliff Burton was the most amazingly talented bassist of all time. He often merged bass playing with electric guitar playing using a wah-wah pedal. Cliff was born in San Francisco on February 10, 1962 to Jan and Ray Burton. He grew a liking for The Misfits, Mexican food, and H.P. Lovecraft. He owned a green station wagon that he often drove around the bay area with friends in, with The Misfits blasting out the windows. Cliff was a cool, laid-back guy who didn't mind going out of his way to talk to his fans. He started out playing bass for bands such as Trauma and Agents of Misfortune, and was known for his headbanging and wild stage presence. Cliff was soon discovered by Metallica, and that was when he replaced Ron McGovney and got his own place in the band, but he would only join if Metallica moved to San Francisco, which they did. Cliff's greatest masterpieces are (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth, The Call of Ktulu, and Orion. His career with Metallica was going great, but tragedy came with his death during a tour bus accident on September 27th, 1986. The band was on their way to Denmark when the bus supposedly slipped on a patch of ice and turned onto its side beside the road. Lars Ulrich (drums) had broken a toe and Kirk Hammett (lead guitar) had a black eye, but worst of all, Cliff had apparently been thrown off of his bunk-bed and halfway out the window, and then the bus crushed him when it had turned over. The rest of the guys, who were having a hard time coping with the tragedy, were brought to a hotel until they returned back to America a couple days later. Cliff's ashes were spread at Maxwell Ranch, a ranch where he spent a lot of his time. In 1987, a documentary of performances, interviews, and footage of the guys just having a good time called Cliff 'em All was released as a tribute to Cliff. Metallica found a new bassist (Jason Newsted) and on their next album (...And Justice For All) is a song that Cliff had written called To Live is to Die that also includes some riffs that he had written as well. Cliff Burton will forever remain in the hearts of many as the greatest bassist of all time.
Rest in peace Cliff... I'll see ya on the other side.
Stephen King is an amazing writer. His novels can be described as horror/mystery/drama. Sometimes when authors write horror novels and try to be gory, they fail miserably and end up writing tasteless crap, but King adds a certain descriptiveness to his gory scenes that I've hardly seen any other authors do. Another thing that sets his work apart is that some authors just add a bunch of filler to their novels, but he delivers the random information to the audience in a way that actually helps the story flow. Those are two reasons why I think Stephen King is one of the greatest authors.
Some of Stephen King's work includes Carrie, It, Cujo, The Shining, Desperation, and The Green Mile (the last two being my favorites). A superb movie was made of The Green Mile, and I hope they make a movie of Desperation someday, too.
One of the most brilliant minds in literature of all time. H.P. Lovecraft's work can be categorized as horror, Gothic, fantasy, and mystery. With influences by the captivating and mysterious work of the artist, Sidney H. Sime and the ethereal dream-worlds of the author, Lord Dunsany, H.P. Lovecraft's work is the epitome of great Gothic literature. Some of his works include Dagon, The Shadow Over Innsmouth, The Cats of Ulthar, The Doom That Came to Sarnath, At the Mountains of Madness, The Thing on the Doorstep, and the infamous The Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft's stories continue to spark the imaginations of authors today. There are countless modern Cthulhu Mythos and movies based on his stories. But nothing can come close to the original work of H.P. Lovecraft.
H.P. Lovecraft was a genius
Ride the Lightning is Metallica's second album. It was released in 1984 and its tracklist is as follows: Fight Fire With Fire, Ride the Lightning, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fade to Black, Trapped Under Ice, Escape, Creeping Death, and The Call of Ktulu.
Ride the Lightning is one of Metallica's best albums in the opinions of both veteran fans and new fans alike.
Lord of the Rings is a masterpiece. It was originally intended to be all one book, but it was divided into three books, and each separate book is divided into two books (confused yet?). The story actually begins in "The Hobbit," where Bilbo Baggins discovers the One Ring in Gollum's lair (which, at the time, was in a cavern within the Misty Mountains). Then in "The Fellowship of the Ring," Bilbo grants the ring to his nephew, Frodo, and then departs to start a new and relaxed life (but they soon meet up in Rivendell). Gandalf teaches Frodo that the One Ring was forged in the fires of Mount Doom for the Dark Lord, Sauron. Three rings were given to the Elves, seven to the dwarves, and nine to the men, but it was the One Ring that could mean peril to all that is good in Middle Earth if it was brought back into the hands of the Dark Lord. Frodo had to return it to the one place it could be destroyed, Mount Doom, in the heart of Mordor. Frodo originally sets off with Pippin, Sam, and Merry. They find themselves in Rivendell, where the council of Elrond takes part. Elrond adds Boromir, Aragorn, Legolas, Gandalf, and Gimli to Frodo's party, and they become the Fellowship. To read of their perilous adventures through Middle Earth is to take an adventure through the ancient trees of Lorien, to journey through the dank darkness of Moria, and to wade in the waters of the sacred Nimrodel. If you're into fantasy, then Lord of the Rings is for you.
One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them...
- Lord of the Rings
Kill 'em All is Metallica's debut album. It came out in 1983 and it's tracklist is (in the following order) Hit the Lights, The Four Horsemen, Motorbreath, Jump in the Fire, (Anesthesia)-Pulling Teeth, Whiplash, Phantom Lord, No Remorse, Seek and Destroy, and Metal Militia. It also includes the covered songs, Am I Evil (originally done by Diamondhead) and Blitzkrieg (originally done by Blitzkrieg).
Kids who claim to be Metallica fans but think the Black Album is their debut album are ignorant because Kill 'em All is their first album.