They were for a time in the 1980's, a group of highly skilled and good heavy metal songwriters but ran low of that ability towards the end of the decade and this coincided with the tragic death of Cliff Burton and drummer, Lars Ulrich taking more of a leading role over the other members and using his hunger for the rock star world and apathy towards the heavy metal music and lifestyle which was the core of the band.
This band has no regard for the current heavy metal scene, this is evident with the mallcore bands they toured with after St Anger and they will never release anything of any worth to that scene again whilst bands that came before them like Iron Maiden and Judas Priest continue to release quality, honest, pure Heavy Metal.
Metallica have become everything they used to laugh at.
Pete: "Sponging off the current trends in heavy rock whilst claiming they've written a great metal album to boost their egos even more?....yep, that's Metallica for ya"
In 2002 (or was it 03?) they released St. Anger, an album which shocked us again at how low they could go. They completely removed the guitar solo (a vital part of the heavy metal song) from all the songs. This resulted in their worst album and their grouping with nu-metal.
One shouldn't forget, however, that their 80's albums are some of the best from that decade, including great tracks like Fade To Black, Sanitarium, One, Ride The Lightning, Battery, The Four Horsemen, Master Of Puppets.
Friend: With the symphony? Yeah, that was cool, pity James's voice has gone down the drain.
James Hetfield - Guitar, vocals
Lars Ulrich - Drums
Kirk Hammett - Guitar
Rob Trujillo - Bass
Cliff Burton - Bass
Jason Newsted - Bass, Backing vocals
Dave Mustaine - Guitar, vocals
Ron McGoveny - Bass
Lloyd Grant - Guitar