This is the page where I have collected info
on anything that concerns this fantastic band. Here you'll find everything
you wanted to know, but were afraid to ask for!
- A nickname for Metallica, given to them somewhere
in Europe in 1985, because of their love of drinking. A fan was spotted
wearing a T-shirt he had made of the cover of Kill 'Em All, only
instead of a hammer and blood, the T-shirt showed a bottle spilling Vodka.
The band members liked it so much, they adopted it for their own use.
- Apocalyptica is a Finnish band that released
their Metallica tribute album in May '96. They are a quartet that consists
of four guys playing cellos. The songs on this album where chosen because
they could be arranged for the cellos, so songs with fast guitar solos
weren't selected. They even did a video for Enter Sandman!
- This is the first name which Metallica had in mind for the
"Cure" song, because of the repeating 'I Do Believe' - part.
- Kill 'Em All at #120 in February of 1988,
5 years after being released.
- Ride The Lightning at #100 in the spring
- Master Of Puppets at #29 shortly after
- Garage Days Re-Revisited at #28 about
a month after release.
- ...And Justice For All at #6, four weeks
- Metallica debuted at #1 and stayed there
for 4 weeks.
- Load debuted at #1.
- When Lars and Jayms tried to find a suitable
name for the band, all they could come up with at first was "Blitzer",
"Grinder" and "Red Vette", but as you probably know,
they ended up with "Metallica".
Blood and Semen III
- The image on the cover of Load is a photograph
called "Blood and Semen III" by Anrdes Serrano. It was done by
mixing bovine blood and the artist's own semen between two sheets of plexiglass.
Kirk discovered the photo while looking through a collection of the artist's
work at a bookstore.
- The Chophouse is Jason's home studio where he is creating
the most part of his projects beside Metallica.
Cliff 'Em All
- "Cliff 'Em All" was a video release in '88 which
included much of the band's private footage of
their three years with Cliff Burton. Metallica
had made no promos for it because the aim of the
video was to show Cliff and the band as they really
were. The song "Orion" was a very emotional moment
for the band, because it was the music they had
chosen for Cliffs funeral. But it also included a
lot of fun stuff, when Cliff is indulging to his
- A track meant to be on the Load album,
that was pulled out in the last minute. The song was performed live a few
times prior to that album. Devils Dance will probably appear on
the 7th album.
- This is a German band that released a nine song
tribute album. Their interpretation of the songs is considerably different
than that of the originals. There is some guitar, but mostly keyboards,
electronic drums and a strong accent from the vocalist.
- Doris is Lady Justice's nickname (the statue with the
scales on the "...And Justice For All" album).
- The Dungeon is the name of Lars's home studio. It is the place where several new ideas of the band had their origin.
Ecstasy of Gold
- Metallica's intro tape on their shows. Ecstasy
of Gold is composed by Ennio Morricone, and is from the Clint Eastwood
flick "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly."
Flotsam & Jetsam
- This is the name of the band where Jason played before
he joined Metallica.
- This stands for the demo tape of 'Until it sleeps'
(read: 'Fell on black days').
- It's a Sepultura song from the album "Against", but Jason
Newsted took part in writing the lyrics, he also played
the baritone guitar and took part in the bawling vocals (!).
- - James Hetfield: Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Ted
- - Lars Ulrich: Diamond Head, Motorhead, Deep
- - Kirk Hammett: Jimi Hendrix, UFO, Black Sabbath,
Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Joe Satriani
- - Jason Newsted: Kiss, Rush, Black Sabbath, Ted
Johnny Got His Gun
- The movie clips on One are from the film
"Johnny Got His Gun", which was adapted from the book by Dalton
Trumbo, who also directed the movie.
- From the song The Call Of Ktulu. Ktulu
comes from the mind of author H.P. Lovecraft. He writes fascinatingly twisted
and disturbed books and Metallica was influenced a bit by him after Cliff
Burton had introduced his writings to the rest of the band. Ktulu is contained
within a book that H.P. Lovecraft wrote. They are great books that explore
the macabre to it's fullest.
- James is responsible for it's design.
- Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that
attempts to make the dreams of seriously ill youngsters come true. Metallica
actively support and assist as often as possible.
- The first record label who signed Metallica. Kill 'em all was first released on this label
The 'Memories Remains' - dialogue
- Marianne Faithfull chose a few of her favorite movie one-liners
to add to the feel of the song. One of the movies is Marilyn
Monroe's "The Misfits". The line "Say yes. At least say hello."
is from that movie.
Metal Massacre I
- A compilation album including bands like Ratt,
Bitch, Malice etc. The Metallica song Hit The Lights appeared on
this album, which was the first vinyl release featuring the four M's.
- Metallicas first official fan club.
- Dave Mustaine wrote a few tunes with Lars and
Jayms while he was a member of the band. Mechanix is one of these,
which later was changed a bit and given a new name, The Four Horsemen.
The original version can be heard on some old demos, as well as on the
first Megadeth album.
Metal Up Yer Ass
- Lars came up with his own concept for the first LP title
and artwork. The title was "Metal Up Yer Ass" and its
artwork featured an arm holding a machete coming out of a
toilet bowl ! But after further discussion he coined the
title "Kill 'Em All" and the hammer covered in fresh blood
as its artwork.
- This stands for the name of 'Hero of the day' before it was
- Lars stole the name Metallica from "Mr.
Metal" of San Francisco, Ron Quintana. He was getting ready to launch
a metal fanzine and had a few names. He asked his friend Lars for help,
and after hearing the name "Metallica," Lars quickly suggested
a different name and kept "Metallica" for himself!
No Life `Til Leather
- This is the name of the demo Metallica recorded in July '82.
This demo-tape was never officially released, but copies were
made and spread like a bushfire.
It included the tracks:
Hit the Lights, Mechanix (The Four Horsemen), Motorbreath,
Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia, Jump In The Fire and
( which were later released on "Kill 'Em All", as you know)
- Paradise Lost is a documentary aired on HBO about 3 accused teenagers,
Damien Echols (18), Jason Baldwin (16), and Jessie Misskelly (17), who
alledgedly murdered 3-8 year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993.
Alledgedly they were devil worshippers and Damien liked to listen to
Metallica. The film makeers used Metallica songs in both Paradise Lost and
the new Paradise Lost 2: Revelations.
Piss and Blood
- It is the image on ReLoad's cover which is also done by Andres
- The band's management company. Cliff Burnstein
and Peter Mensch are two of the guys employed here, and they work with
- Lars had placed an ad in a newspaper called The
Recycler, saying he was looking for people to jam with. James answered
the ad, but was unimpressed with Lars' playing, partly due to the fact
that Lars' cymbals fell over every time he hit them! Shortly thereafter,
Lars went to England to follow his favorite band, Diamond Head on tour,
and after returning to the States, got a spot on Brian Slagel's "Metal
Massacre" album. Using this as bait, he talked James into recording
a song for the album, and the rest is history.
- Jaymz came up with the Scary Guy logo, which
first saw the light of day on the 3 track limited edition CD-single Live
At Wembley. You will also find the skull design on the "Live,
shit..." box, as well as on T-shirts and merchandise.
- At the 1987 Aardshok Festival in Zwolle, Holland,
a group of Metallica roadies under the name SCRAP METAL opened the nine
hour festival, that Metallica headlined, playing a set of covers!
- The "Snake" that you can see on the
cover of the Black Album is from the Culpepper Minutemen flag, from which
the motto "Don't Tread On Me" also originates. The flag is actually
from the Revolutionary War. There are a couple of different versions of
it. There is a yellow one, a white one, and one with red and white stripes,
which was the first American Flag! The white one reads at the top "The
Culpepper Minutemen", and the yellow one just has the snake and "Don't
Tread On Me" at the bottom.
- The Snake Pit was a large pit in the middle of
Metallica's diamond-shaped "Wherever I May Roam" stage, set aside
so a few lucky fans could stand right in the middle of the action on stage.
It is also an online meeting place for Metallica fans on AOL.
'The Ten Commandments
- The lyrics for Creeping Death are about
the tale of the plagues bestowed upon the Egyptians, inspired by the second
half of the movie "The Ten Commandments."
- The artist behind some Metallica covers like "One" and "Harvester of sorrow" as well as merchandise and t-shirts
- Metallica's management. Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch aren't
just employees of Q-Prime, they are the founders and heads of Q-Prime.
Q-Prime is one of the most successful management businesses in the world.
It's clients include: Metallica, Def Leppard, Hole, Queensyrche, Vercua
Salt and others.
- Tommy's Joint is a Hofbrau (meat, potatos and
BEER!!!) located in San Francisco and was a hangout of Metallica's; it
is also the place where Jason was asked to join the band!