After the death of Cliff Burton, Metallica was at a crossroads. The band was achieving greater success with every album, and Burton was a vital part of that success and their chemistry. But, after getting the blessing of Cliff’s family, Metallica decided to continue. They began the audition process for a new bassist, seeing more than 50 different musicians including Les Claypool of Primus and Troy Gregory of Prong.
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Some bands dislike recording cover songs, but Metallica have always embraced them. They aren’t afraid to pay homage to bands they like or that influenced them, and have played cover songs in concert from their earliest days. They would also release two covers collections, including 1987's 'The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited'
Two albums into their career Metallica had built a solid fan base and helped establish and popularize the thrash genre. ‘Master of Puppets’ was a game-changer for both the band and metal in general.
Metallica’s debut album Kill ‘Em All was a thrash masterpiece, and established the band as a force to be reckoned with. The songs were raw and potent, an audio punch to the gut. Their second effort, 1984‘s ‘Ride the Lightning’ was a quantum leap forward, especially in terms of the complexity of the songwriting. It bridged the gap from the balls-out aggressive approach of their debut and the longer, epic songs of their later albums.
They are fully engrained in mainstream music today, but in the early ‘80s Metallica were a young band helping pioneer speed/thrash metal, which back then was raw, intense and downright dangerous. Their debut album ‘Kill ‘Em All’ changed everything for many music fans.