Metallica Signed to Epiphone
Metallica have made history with their musical skill and artistry, leaving an indelible mark in heavy metal music history. Thanks to James Hetfield’s powerful vocals, Kirk Hammett’s impressive guitar solos, and Lars Ulrich’s relentless drumming – Metallica have amassed an enormous global following that is devoted to them and have secured them an indestructible legacy that resonates throughout heavy metal circles.
Slayer and Anthrax helped pioneer thrash metal as an entirely separate genre; their sound is defined by thick riffs played at lightning speeds that often produce crushing results.
Early Life and Education
James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Jason Newsted–all legendary musicians in their own right–combined to form one iconic heavy metal group. Thanks to their musical prowess and global following, Metallica have cemented themselves as heavy metal royalty.
Slayer and Megadeth were the pioneers of thrash metal music, an offshoot of hard rock and heavy metal genre characterized by thick riffs with lyrics about death, despair, power and wrath. Through its music alone they sold over one hundred million records worldwide and continue to inspire both seasoned headbangers as well as new generations of listeners alike.
This original album pressing features bold hand signatures by James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and the late Cliff Burton himself along the cover – it also comes complete with an authentication certificate from Beckett Authentication Services.
Metallica have been one of the four founding “big four” bands of thrash metal – Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax being others – for more than three decades and have sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Their fast instrumentals and aggressive musicianship has cemented them a place as one of its founding “big four”, alongside Megadeth guitarist Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich being its core members; Ron McGovney and Cliff Burton have also played key roles throughout their careers with Metallica.
Early releases by Ride the Lightning feature an impressive production value and have become iconic releases over time. Their musical prowess and tight chemistry has won them an enthusiastic global following; inspiring both veteran headbangers as well as new generations of music lovers alike. Since their formation, this group has produced numerous live albums and DVDs; their influence continues today.
Achievement and Honors
Metallica are one of the premier metal bands of all time, their influence reaching far beyond their own genre. Their iconic song Enter Sandman can be heard at every sporting event around the country while each of their 10 albums have received industry praise and awards.
Their 1991 self-titled album – known as the Black Album – marked an evolution away from their thrash metal roots, drawing more mainstream listeners while experiencing significant financial success. They even became the first metal band ever to win a Grammy Award!
In 2012, Blackened Recordings was established. Since then, the band has continued their global touring schedule, carving out its own special place in heavy metal music. On May 2, they’ll close this year’s Revolver Golden Gods Awards ceremony in Los Angeles with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award being bestowed upon them.
Metallica frontman James Hetfield will soon release a book chronicling his guitar collection and has also collaborated with Epiphone to launch a signature series of instruments bearing his name.
KMOV attended Hetfield’s signing at Left Bank Books in the Central West End, where he signed autographs and gave away copies of his new book. His first-person account of their early years provides insight into their battle to break into the music industry.
Metallica have since gone on to perform high-profile shows, such as opening for Guns N’ Roses. Additionally, their deluxe reissues of Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning have helped the band gain more traction, and 2008’s Death Magnetic produced by Rick Rubin marks their return to thrash metal roots.
Metallica, one of the most successful metal bands ever, has amassed significant wealth. This success can be attributed mainly to record sales but also investments like setting up their own whiskey brand and music streaming service.
James Hetfield is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and songwriter for Metallica. His gravelly voice and introspective lyrics have helped transform heavy metal away from sword-and-sandals mysticism.
Lars Ulrich is the drummer for Metallica and its wealthiest member, amassing an estimated net worth of $350 Million from investments in real estate and art as well as royalties from their work together.