The Best & Worst of Metallica Part 1 (1983-1991) – Ep508


This week we begin a mega two part series as we look at The Best & Worst of Metallica! In this episode, we’re joined by fellow podcaster Metal Mike Tyler from That Metal Station & The Plug podcast. This time, we’re focusing on the formative years of the bay area legends.

Metallica broke onto the scene in 1983 with the release of ‘Kill Em All.’ The melding of punk and NWOBHM influences created a bombastic new sound that would create the genre of thrash metal. The band wouldn’t slow down; releasing ‘Ride the Lightning’ in 1984. In 1986, the band would unleash ‘Master of Puppets’ on a ravenous fan base.

While riding high on the momentum of their first three albums, Metallica would encounter tragedy on the road as bassist Cliff Burton was killed in a bus crash in Sweden. The band would quickly regroup and recruit former Flotsam and Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted. Metallica would work out the kinks on 1987’s ‘The 5.98 EP: Garage Days Re-Revisited’ before launching a full scale assault on the ears with 1988’s ‘…And Justice for All.’ The release of the ‘One’ single and music video would elevate the band into the public eye.

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In 1991, the ascendancy would be complete with the release of ‘Metallica,’ better known simply as The Black Album. The simplified direction didn’t exactly please die-hard fans but certainly earned the band superstar status.

In this episode, the guys will discuss their history of becoming Metallica fans, reminisce on their experiences as fans, and each pick what they deem the best and worst song from each album of this era.

What are YOUR picks for the best and worst songs from each album? Let us know in the comments below!

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