Fresh off a Grammy’s performance with Lady Gaga, Metallica fans got exactly what they have been waiting for. The Metallica “WorldWired” U.S. Tour has officially been announced for 2017.
The 2017 summer tour hits all the major venues in North America, so fans can expect an amazing show from their favorite band. Let’s revisit some of the best material the band has ever released. Most of these albums will likely be a major part of the band’s performance, and it will be one you don’t want to miss. Also, Metallica tickets are available right here at TicketNetwork.
1. Ride the Lightning
Let’s take it all the way back to 1984. Metallica’s second album has been named the best Metallica album by various music publications. Now its our turn to give Ride the Lightning the credit it deserves.
Not only are their numerous hits that are still being played almost 35 years later, but the album had a major impact on the genre itself. The multi-platinum album made the thrash metal genre a viable for option for numerous bands to follow in Metallica’s footsteps.
Some of the best songs include, “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Fade to Black” and “Creeping Death”. Metallica followed this album with a wildly successful world tour and set the foundation for an impressive career that is still going strong today.
Bonus points were awarded for creative design that the album cover features.
2. Master of Puppets
Ride the Lightning was a tough act to follow, but Metallica proved they were here to stay with Master of Puppets. Not quite as many hits as Ride the Lightning, but from top to bottom, Master of Puppets is a complete album.
“Master of Puppets” was the lead single, and “Orion” is one of the best examples of how musically talented Metallica truly is. Master of Puppets rose to number two on the list due to its cultural impact as well. Its music is energetic, angry and politically driven. Fans of thrash metal embraced it, and music fans in general started becoming aware of how much of an impact this music can have.
Metallica was able to tour with Ozzy Osbourne as result of the impressive album. Bands from the thrash metal genre also covered this album extensively.
Another multi-platinum album, Master of Puppets is closer to being ranked 1A rather than second on our list.
3. …And Justice For All
Three in row! …And Justice For All was released in 1988, and is the third consecutive album on our list from the 80s. This was an emotional album for the band, as it was the first to feature new bassist Jason Newsted. Cliff Burton died in 1986 after the release of Master of Puppets, and the band was forced to move on without an integral band member.
The album featured a much different vibe from their previous works. The music is exceptional, but the songs are much longer than what Metallica fans are normally used to. Lead singer James Hetfield sounded much more passionate on each song. The album was much more technically sound, and as a result it is labeled as progressive metal instead the usual thrash metal that Metallica is synonymous with.
“Harvester of Sorrow,” and “One” were two of the singles selected off of this album, and fans were pleased with the project. Additionally, the album once again went multi-platinum.
4. Metallica (Black Album)
The 80s were the best decade for Metallica; however, their first album of the 90s was another one of their best. This album is also known as The Black Album, and may feature one of the most well-known Metallica songs ever produced. “Enter Sandman,” has been featured in countless movies and can be heard at sporting events as well.
Moreover, The Black Album is the best selling album the band has ever produced. It has gone platinum sixteen times, an astounding amount for any artist in any genre.
Metallica proved that it had the staying power to be one of the best bands of all-time with another excellent album. One of its best achievements came more than two decades after its initial release. In 2012, Metallica tickets were selling fast for the “2012 European Black Album” Tour.
If that wasn’t enough, the album won a Grammy in 1992 for Best Metal Performance. Coincidentally, they are performing 25 years later at the 2017 Grammy’s. Expect a song or two off of The Black Album to resurface.
5. Hardwired…to Self-Destruct
Last but not least on our list the latest album released by Metallica. This album made the list due to its incredible music, but also due to the fact that longevity is something rarely achieved in the music industry. Their first album was released in 1983, and 33 years later they released their tenth. Maybe their most popular album to date, Metallica attracted fans from numerous generations, speaking to the overall quality of their product.
Although the other albums had decades to accumulate their stats, Hardwired…to Self-Destruct was a popular product immediately. In one week, the album topped numerous charts in 57 different countries. It is Gold certified as of now, but inching closer towards Platinum.
Some of the best songs include, “Hardwired,” and “Moth into Flame”. These will definitely be highlights when Metallica announces its next tour. The announcement is highly anticipated but has not been made yet. TicketNetwork will be the place to find all of your Metallica tickets in 2017!