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''Hotel rooms and motorways / Life out here is raw / But we will never stop / We will never quit / cause YOU'RE Music/{{Metallica}}''

* ''...And Justice For All''. They had just lost arguably the driving force behind their musical evolution into the nine-minute epic-writing band we know them as today and were pissed at having to hire a replacement (the perpetual ButtMonkey Music/JasonNewsted). They somehow channeled that into an album that had enough sheer force behind every song to make every song, from the opening reversed-guitar intro to "Blackened" to the last thrash-tastic moments of "Dyers Eve", an expression of the raw fury they felt at the time. They even managed to score a Grammy off [[AndIMustScream "One"]], which cemented their meteoric rise to fame.
** "One" is also #3 on best Solo and #5 on best song according to Top Ten.com anyway.
** Speaking of Grammys, arguably their Moment of Awesome really came when ''...And Justice For All'' LOST to Jethro Tull for the Best Hard Rock Album Grammy. The upset, more than anything else, put Metallica on the mainstream map.
* ''Master of Puppets'' if only for the title song, and "Battery", but consensus says the entire album qualifies. There's a reason why so many web sites and metal magazines have ranked it as the greatest metal album of all time; it's pure, distilled awesome from start to finish.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzMJhOwBLqw "Orion"]] is one hell of an instrumental. In fact, that whole album reeks of awesomeness, give [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m99ybtk4QNs "Battery"]] a listen and try to say otherwise.
** [[Creator/HPLovecraft "The Thing]] [[EldritchAbomination That Should Not Be"]]. No wonder it was the FinalBoss for ''VideoGame/GuitarHero: Metallica''.
%%* Their entire musical career as one gigantic Moment of Awesome. Yes, even ''St. Anger''. Haters can go die in a fire.
%%** "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)" to the fray.
* '''''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICKaVAbACek DIE!!!! DIE!!!! DIE!!!! DIE!!!! DIE!!!! DIE!!! DIE, YOU MOTHERFUCKER, DIE!!!!]]'''''
* "Fight Fire with Fire", probably the most aggressive song they've ever written that's not on ''St. Anger''. ENDING IS NEAR!
* ''Death Magnetic''. Years since their last good album, generally regarded as has-beens. How does this one turn out? [[HesBack A glorious return to their 80s greatness, completely destroying any hint that the band is dead.]]
%%* "Enter Sandman", arguably Metallica's most famous song.
%%** The whole album was filled with awesome, from "The Unforgiven" to "My Friend Of Misery"; other choice tracks include "Of Wolf And Man", "The God That Failed", and we can't forget "Nothing Else Matters".
* Their debut album, 1983's ''Kill 'Em All'', which may just blow ''Master of Puppets'' clear out of the water. "Hit the Lights" is just fucking awesome: not even rabid metal fans had heard a song that fast before! "Motorbreath" is similarly insane, and "The Four Horsemen" is just plain spooky.
* Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra's "S&M" performance. See [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xisIVhc64Ng "The Call of Ktulu"]]. It raises the feeling of being with a monster without saying a word.
** The S&M "The Thing That Should Not Be" could even surpass the original version.
** [[UpToEleven They managed to make]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OibCxk6kkE One]] even more orgasmic.
** The performance of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcEUrh_SQuU "For Whom The Bell Tolls"]] at the same concert was breathtakingly amazing. The whole performance is basically a Concert of Awesome.
** The S&M version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG62B_dHfDQ "The Ecstasy of Gold"]] is just breathtaking and sends chills up the spine. It's ''unbelievable.''
** The S&M version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5iMv_HVzqc "Battery"]] is absolutely amazing. Not only is it an absolutely intense song, the intro is complemented to perfection by the Orchestra. Finally, the intensity of the vocals combined with the excellent instrumentals on both sides is absolutely orgasmic.
** You will find the words "Metallica instrumental" to be sufficient qualification for the [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic Crowning]] of a song.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olzz82oRCMI "Hero of the Day"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XP1XJiBvE_c "No Leaf Clover"]]. The latter is ''the'' song to listen to regain your faith after ''St. Anger''.
* The "Big Four Live" European mini-tour with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer, with the performance in Sofia, Bulgaria on 2010-06-22 being shown in theaters worldwide that same night.
** Metallica's first encore was "Am I Evil"... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlH-5aAHSYs with the rest of the bands joining them on stage]]. Yes - Dave, James and Lars on the same stage!
** Then [[SerialEscalation they managed to top]] ''that'' with [[AwesomeMusic a cover of]] [[Music/{{Motorhead}} "Overkill"]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ntic3QVTfPI with the Entire BIG FOUR]] [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] Music/{{Exodus|Band}}.
%%* Pretty much ALL of the ''Master of Puppets'', and ''...And Justice For All'' albums. ''Death Magnetic'' also has a few.
%%** "Leper Messiah", and even "The Memory Remains", from ''[=ReLoad=]''.
* Since ''Load'' was such a stylistic change for Metallica, it contains several excellent songs that frequently get overlooked - but the most awesome track off that album would have to be "Hero of the Day". (With an honorable mention to "Bleeding Me", "King Nothing", and [[EpicRocking "The Outlaw Torn"]].)
* ''Ride the Lightning'' deserves a mention, if only for the title track and "For Whom The Bell Tolls".
** Alternatively, every song. Except maybe "Escape". Least interesting song on the album? Maybe. Still a good fucking song? Duh. It's ''Metallica''.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E "Fade to Black"]] is another standout; it was their first ballad, and one of the best.
* [[TearJerker Lay beside me,tell me what they've done, and speaks the words, that I wanna hear, to make my demons run.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmqDtriTUEI "The Unforgiven 2"]] is just beautiful and epic.
** So is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUHFfR8hWcA "The Unforgiven"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3m6et00DfQ "The Unforgiven III"]].
* Also, on the ''[=ReLoad=]'' front, we have "Fuel", the Grammy winning "Better Than You" (AWESOME guitar solo in the middle!) and "Fixxxer."
* Their [[CrazyAwesome cover]] of DiamondHead's [[DealWithTheDevil "The Prince"]]. When they start to play this live, the fans go berserk. [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic And for good reason!]]
* ''St. Anger'' is a [[BaseBreaker polarizing album,]] but those who are on the [[LoveItOrHateIt "Love It"]] side ''really'' tend to love it.
** Some songs are admittedly overlong, but highlights from this album include "Frantic", "Sweet Amber" and "The Unnamed Feeling".
%%* ''Death Magnetic'', needless to say, has some pretty awesome songs. "That Was Just Your Life," "All Nightmare Long" and "Cyanide" just to name a few.
* The ''Beyond Magnetic EP''. These four songs were cut from ''Death Magnetic'', and finally released in their rough mixes. The song "Shine" finally got released as "Just a Bullet Away" and is totally epic. Also, "The Rebel of Babylon" is a tearjerking tribute to Layne Stayley. This should set aside all doubts about Metallica that stem from [=LuLu=].
* Speaking of ''Lulu'', while it may have a reputation as "that album everybody hates", it's not half bad if you pretend Music/LouReed isn't mumbling. In fact, there are videos on Website/{{Youtube}} with Lou Reed removed from the songs.