Posts Tagged ‘Metallica’

A new blog popped up recently that animates classic album covers.  Those featured below are just a highlight of what the designer has done.  His other work features NOFX, No Use For A Name, Helloween, and many, many more.  This animations took some serious time so make sure to click through and check out more of his work.  The blog is located here.



[Metallica – Ride the Lightning]


[Iron Maiden – Piece of Mind]


[Alice Cooper – Raise Your Fist and Yell]


[Judas Priest – Ram it Down]


[Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory]


[Cannibal Corpse – Butchered at Birth]

Check out the rest of jbetcom’s gif’s, many that aren’t metal, but are just as fun none-the-less.  The Cannibal Corpse and Metallica are keeping me entertained entirely.



The 33 1/3rd book series are fun, interesting, and informative to read.  The series focuses on a single album and chooses an author to write a 120 page-or-so book.  Some authors are more well known than others, but each book carries its own style, with some even choosing to tell the tale of the album through a story rather than through first-hand accounts.  Metallica’s Black Album is the focus of an upcoming book, which should see release sometime next year.  As the publisher does with each installment, a week is dedicated as a preview of the book.  The Author of Black Album, David Mascriota, was interviewed about the book.  Highlights below.


Exodus have released the first single from their upcoming album, Blood in Blood Out.  The single, Salt the Wound, features Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammet.  Blood in Blood Out will be released on October 14th in the US, 13th in the UK, and 10th in Europe.  Track listing below.


An video has appeared online that chronicles Metallica’s first European tour in 1984.  From the video’s description:

‘How Metallica raised hell in De Westereen’ (original title: ‘Hoe’t Metallica De Westereen op ‘e kop sette’), the 2014 Omrop Fryslân TV documentary of Douwe Talma about the show Metallica did in the small Dutch village Zwaagwesteinde (De Westereen) on June 9th 1984. The documentary features exclusive interviews with Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich.

That Zwaagwesteinde gig 30 years ago was the first Metallica European headline show ever, thanks to a mistake of the local venue owner. The documentary features a story full of anecdotes about the time that Metallica was still an unknown band and heavy metal was something completely new to everybody in Holland.



Last night, June 28th, Metallica became the first heavy metal act to headline the UKs Glastonbury Festival. The 44 year-old, which draws 175,000 people yearly, made headlines earlier this year when the signed Metallica to headline on Saturday night. Fans protested both because fans didn’t feel the band deserved to headline the festival, which is usually headlined by more pop-oriented tracks, because of the band’s heavy metal roots as well as due to Jame’s Hetfield’s voice-over work on the new History Channel show, The Hunt. The 90 minute set was well received, however, and fans left pleased. Set list below.


Metallica’s entire Rock am Ring Performance is now streaming on Youtube. Track listing below:


Metallica’s Black Album Book

Posted: May 23, 2014 in News
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Coming September 2015!

In 1991, Metallica, released their self-titled, fifth studio album that would become known around the world as “The Black Album.” Since its release, it has sold 30 million copies, and has become a towering monument in the pantheon of rock’s greatest records.

The 33 1/3 book on The Black Album – the first in the series on the crowned kings of metal – gives readers unprecedented insight into the story behind an iconic album from one of the world’s most iconic bands. Written with direct and personal access to all members of Metallica and Bob Rock, the producer of The Black Album, David Masciotra is able to relay the results of his conversations with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted, and Rock, with storytelling skill and surgical precision. Masciotra takes readers into the recording studio, giving them Metallica’s account of how their most successful and famous record was born and learned to walk into every radio station and stadium stage around the world.

Masciotra not only talks to the band about the making of the album, but also the stories that inspired the songs. Readers will not only learn about “The Black Album,” but they will gain greater familiarity with the men who created it. Masciotra argues for Metallica’s coronation within heavy metal, but also persuasively advocates for the aggression, liberty, and spirit of defiance that heavy metal represents. It’s a must-read for any Metallica fan.

A bit about the author: David Masciotra is a cultural critic, political commentator, and columnist with the Indianapolis Star. He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast, the Federalist, and Splice Today. He is also the author of All That We Learned About Living: The Art and Legacy of John Mellencamp. For more information visit

33 1/3rd has announced that Metallica’s Black Album will be among their next set of releases.  Unfortunately, the book won’t see the light of day until the end of 2015, but it’s nice to see more metal represented in the series.  This is the same series that includes D.X. Ferris’ great Reign in Blood title.  I’ll post more titles as they become available.


If, like me, you read a lot of music books you’ve undoubtedly heard of the 33 1/3rd series.  A writer picks a specific record and writes a 100 page-or-so book about it.  Some of my favorite have been D.X. Farris’ Reign in Blood and Colin Meloy from the Decemberists covering The Replacements Let It Be album.  Each artist approaches the title with a different slant.  Meloy’s edition talks about his youth and how Discovering this album helped him find his place in the world.  Others, like John Darnielle’s edition covers Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality by telling a story of a youth in a mental institution and relates it to the album.

All that being said, the publisher today released the list of books that are up for nomination for 2014.  There are some notable metal albums here, and some that make one scratch their head.  The Crash Test Dummies’ God Shuffled His Feet and New Kids in the Block’s Hangin’ Tough.  Really?  I didn’t even think anyone remembered those bands.  There are, however, some great metal records on the list as well.  Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction and Metallica’s Black Album?  Yes, please.

Take a look at the list and leave your favorite in the comments section.

–Brain Trust–