Metallica’s 30th Anniversary

In 1981, two sprightly young men from Los Angeles embarked on a journey of epic rock proportions…

After meeting through a newspaper advertisement for a drummer, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich were soon to be joined by Ron McGovney, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett to create what is now considered one of the biggest bands in rock music history. Witnessing a couple of line up changes and enough awards to outshine your Nan’s Wedgewood collection, Metallica are still rocking hard 30 years after they roared onto the rock scene.

Metallica’s current line up consists of James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and they makes up a quarter of the “Big Four” of thrash metal (alongside Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth). 2011 will see a world wide celebration of the bands 30th anniversary and it started on 3rd February with a must see photography exhibition held at London’s Proud Gallery in Camden. Featuring a collection of some rare and never before seen photography by Bill Hale, this free entry exhibition is a must attend for Metallica fans of all ages and it will be running until 3rd April 2011.

Having released 47 singles, 9 studio albums and 24 music videos, anyone with two of those little flappy things on the sides of their hear will have heard at least one of their songs! To name just a few, we have compiled a super short list of some of their better known tracks which EVERYONE needs to have bouncing around on their generic mp3 players:

Whether you were around when the big bang erupted back in 1983 with the release of their first track ‘Whiplash’, or you are the younger generation of old school rockers thrashing out their tunes on ‘Guitar Hero: Metallica’, people of all ages and musical backgrounds can appreciate the mind blowing work which has come from these guys. It is refreshing to know that in a world of one hit wonders and manufactured teeny boppers, the kings of metal are more than happy to burst through the backdrop of commercial madness and pound the ears of the people with real, hard rockin’ tracks.

Here at Grindstore HQ we love to celebrate these milestones in rock music and we would love to hear what you guys and girls think of this pretty impressive moment in time. Are you seeing them at Sonisphere? Holding a Whiskey in the Jar music video styled party? Getting their faces tattooed across your back? Maybe someone will start a Facebook group to get Metallica to number one (you heard it here first!) Whatever you’re doing let us know, share the love and remember to check out our awesome range of Metallica goodies at

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