This month’s artist spotlight is shining on American heavy metal band Metallica. Metallica has been rocking out since the ’80s and has sold more than 125 million records worldwide. The band is no stranger to the world of sync either and currently has 60 songs and a total of 121 appearances on Tunefind.
Metallica topped Billboard’s July Top TV Songs chart with a legendary placement in Netflix’s Stranger Things season four finale. Joseph Quinn, who plays Eddie Munson in this season, spent months perfecting the intricate metal guitar solo. When Quinn got the opportunity to meet the band this July, he explained how he listened to ‘Master of Puppets’ for two years straight in preparation for the role and his character’s epic guitar scene. Quinn told the band, “I feel very connected to you guys.” James Hetfield of Metallica thanked the actor for doing the song justice. Metallica is one of the most commercially successful bands in history, and they have acquired some of the most loyal fans in music.
In late 1981, in Los Angeles, Danish drummer Lars Ulrich placed an advertisement in the newspaper looking for other metal musicians. Guitarist James Hetfield answered that ad. Although Ulrich hadn’t officially started a band yet, he asked Metal Blade Records if he could record a song for the label’s upcoming compilation album called Metal Massacre. The band was officially formed on October 28, 1981, five months after Ulrich and Hetfield first met. The name was chosen after a suggestion from Bay Area metal scene friend Ron Quintana. The band credits their quick rise to fame as being driven by sheer work rate, effort, and rare musical chemistry.
What’s the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a message, it really should be look within yourself, don’t listen to me, don’t listen to James [Hetfield], don’t listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers. As long as it says Metallica on the record it’s Metallica.” – Lars Ulrich, drummer and co-founder of Metallica
Metallica’s Master of Puppets is their third studio album and was released in March 1986. The album peaked at No. 29 on the Billboard 200 and spent 72 weeks on the chart. It was the band’s first album to be certified gold and was certified six times platinum in 2003. It was also the band’s last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who died in an unfortunate bus accident during the album’s promotional tour. The album became the first metal recording to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being, “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The titular track of the album is second on the track list and is the band’s most played song.
I’m a big fan of [Stranger Things]. Have been since season one. My kids and I, it’s a bonding experience for us.” – James Hetfield, lead vocalist/rhythm guitar and co-founder of Metallica
The band has enjoyed the renewed interest in ‘Master of Puppets’ that its placement in Stranger Things has brought. On July 28th, 2022 the band closed out their Lollapalooza set with ‘Master of Puppets’ as scenes from Stranger Things were projected on the larger than life screen behind the stage. After 40 years in the music scene, Metallica continues to perform. Although these days many of their performances are done for charity, and the band even has their own nonprofit. All Within My Hands is a philanthropic organization created by the members and management of Metallica dedicated to creating sustainable communities by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services. Now, that rocks pretty hard.
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