Metallica issue their 10th album, Hardwired... To Self-Destruct.
Metallica play Antarctica as part of a promotion sponsored by Coca-Cola Zero. A documentary and audio download of the event are later issued under the title Freeze 'Em All.
Metallica end their streaming holdout, allowing their music on Spotify for the first time.
The album Lulu, a baffling collaboration between Metallica and Lou Reed, is released. The first single, "The View," reaches peak lunacy when James Hetfield screams, "I am the table!"
Metallica release Death Magnetic, produced by Rick Rubin.
Metallica release "The Day That Never Comes," the lead single from their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.
Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.More
At the Rock am Ring Festival in Nürburgring, Germany, Metallica perform their classic album Master Of Puppets in its entirety for the first time ever.
Metallica unleash their album St. Anger, with no guitar solos and one of the harshest drum tones ever committed to tape.
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar have their second child, a son named Layne.
Metallica start recording their album St. Anger, which turns into some kind of monster: Frontman James Hetfield ends up in rehab during the sessions, and the band only complete it with the help of a psychologist who talks them through their issues in group therapy.
After failing to convince his bandmates to take a year off so they can all pursue side projects, pass player Jason Newsted leaves Metallica. Is is eventually replaced by Robert Trujillo.
Metallica's battle against the peer-to-peer file sharing company Napster reaches the Senate Judiciary Committee, where the band's drummer Lars Ulrich testifies, claiming copyright infringement.
Following the launch of Metallica's legal case against the popular online file-sharing service Napster, Chuck D of Public Enemy and Lars Ulrich of Metallica appear on The Charlie Rose Show, where they debate whether MP3 downloading is a vehicle for piracy or a return of power to the people.More
Metallica release their live home video, Cunning Stunts, which was filmed at the Fort Worth Convention Center, in Fort Worth, Texas, on May 9-10, 1997.
The Metallica compilation of cover tunes, Garage, Inc., is released.
Lars Ulrich of Metallica has his first child, a son named Myles.
Metallica release ReLoad, their seventh studio album.
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