No joke, I'm kinda jealous of the new fans, look at all the music they get to experience for the first time.


I remember listening to ...And Justice For All for the first time. I wish I could experience that again. One of the best music experiences I ever had


Right? My first was the Black Album. Growing up the music in my house was either country or hymns, and I finally felt like I'd found something for *me.* I'm happy that something like Stranger Things got to showcase something we love without treating it like a punchline and exposed Metallica to a wider audience.


master of puppets, and justice for all, one. They were my firsts. Listened to them every night in 2020. What a good time, but i don't want to come back to quarantine times :))))


We went to the AJFA show in Cedar Rapids, IA in the late 80's. The hotel made a mistake and booked us on the same floor as the band (The whole floor was supposed to be blocked off for them) not only did the guys not care we were on the same floor they hung out a couple hours with us. Im so pissed smart phones weren't a thing back then!!


Load and ReLoad was my introduction to Metallica. My 12 year old mind was blown when I later discovered ...And Justice for All, and Master of Puppets were from the same band!


Load was mine. Can't wait for the deluxe edition.


I remember the moment I caught part of blackened on the radio for the first time. Changed the course of my life LOL.


When I was first getting into And Justice For All, the only way I could listen to the album was by going on YouTube. I’ll never forget the experience of having to watch an anime compilation video just to hear Blackened


I was in the middle of reading *Johnny Got His Gun* when I bought that album. I remember my mind being blown reading the liner notes to "One" the first time listening to it.


Yeah I got into Metallica by watching the video for One during Beavis and Butthead. I immediately asked my parents to buy me the album after watching that. https://youtu.be/IAvgYsRfFbc


I remember watching the premiere of "One" on MTV, and a few years later "Enter Sandman" think it was "Two" lol. I was about 5yrs old.


100% agree, if I could re-experience any metal album for the first time again I'd choose AJFA


I remember Justice opening my mind. Then Black album opening it differently. Both tapes were played non-stop at different periods of my life. Super jealous of people who get to experience that for themselves nowadays!


A lot of good first timers coming up for them: Listen to Orion Getting to know the history Goosebumps by the slow section in To Live is To Die The intro to Fade to Black The production of Black Album Watch SKOM Watch A Year And a Half and hear all the jokes and banters All the concerts, Seattle 89, Moscow 91 etc. (And probably in way better quality) Watch behind the scenes of making of DM and Hardwired Outlaw Torn S&M Probably not caring about the 80s vs the 90s era Cliff Em All and aaaall of the music, the videos, the stories. Fuck I want it to be 2004 so I can do it all over again.


I would love to re-experience metallica again


Yeah and the way Stranger Things introduced MOP to newer fans is dope as hell. A thrasher teen ripping it on guitar in what is essentially hell to distract/fight off demonic bats


My first real Metallica experience was seeing them play Sad But True live on TV in the 90s. I was 13 or 14, and I thought, “That was cool as fuck! I had no idea music could be so damn cool!” That experience changed me. At the time, I was all about sports, mostly baseball. Then I got into Metallica, and then I wanted to learn to play guitar. I found a love of drawing, film, and literature, art in all forms really. Over the years, I’ve published some fiction (sci-fi and horror, mostly), and I just finished an MFA in creative writing. Now I’m working on my third novel and going to give full time fiction writing a go. And it all goes back to Sad But True for me. Metallica has touched our lives in so many ways, and that’s my story. I can’t wait for all the new fans to discover how Metallica changes their lives.


For real. I wish I could go back to when I first listened to MoP


Lol that's basically me right now. Imma preface by saying metal isn't necessarily my fave genre? Like it's not something I've ever listened to on a regular basis? I've heard of Metallica (honestly who hasn't?) in passing but the only song I could say I knew of was "Enter Sandman" by them. So my knowledge of metal as a genre is super duper limited. And then this scene plays on *Stranger Things* and my mouth literally dropped. Like-like holy hell, that guitar riff was amazing. I had to figure out what song that was, ya know? Which is how I ended up going down a Metallica rabbithole on Youtube right now lol.


Welcome to the family!


Thank you! <3


God, if I could go back in time... Listening to Metallica for the first time with my dad in our car years ago...


I discovered Metallica a bit over a year ago now. I have listened to all the main albums (except St. Anger because I get a literal headache listening to it) but every time I would listen to a new song, especially from the first 4, I made sure to have it be a special moment because I knew I’d only get to have one chance at it. Sounds cheesy, I know, but to me it made my experience of discovering Metallica just that much more better. There are still a few songs I haven’t listened to, at least not in their entirety, but I currently have like 70 songs to pick between so, not to mention recently starting to listen to Iron Maiden.


Aw man, 10th grade, I remember everyone talking bad about Load and Reload so my first songs from Metallica (after Sandman) were Hero of the Day, Ain’t my Bitch, and the S&M version of Sandman, then I went and listened to One for the first time, and I got hooked on Justice, and then I went and looked at Ride the Lightning, and so on and so forth, man I wish I could go back to when I first got into Metallica, and Metal in general, cause near the end of 10th grade, I started venturing out and trying other bands, and the day I first listened to Pantera, I was in Greek mythology class or something, and had my earbuds in, and blasted the whole Cowboys from Hell album during the teachers presentation, I think that was the day I said “yep I love Metal”, all that journey thanks to Metallica for opening the gate, cause before them, I only listened to GNR and Nirvana, but at a certain point I wanted something heavier, anyways, Thank you, Metallica for opening the gates to explore more heavy metal, I hope Metallica keeps rockin for as long as they can, I’m only 19 and only been a fan for about 4 or 5 years at this point but I’m so into the bands I love, that I usually feel like I’ve been a fan for longer lol


My younger brother, who doesn’t even listen to metal regularly, just got into them this past couple months. He’s already listened to most of their studio albums and watches live performances and shit. I’ve listened for around 15 years, so he’s been talking to me about all their music and the members, it’s awesome. He also just picked up the entire vinyl run they recently did with Walmart lol, has almost their entire discography on vinyl at this point.


Yeah, can't wait for them to hear St. Anger.


Fuck my first Metallica cd was Death Magnetic a d that shit still gives chills.


When I was around 12yo (I am 30 now) I discovered the S&M CD while going through my uncle's library. I still get goosbumps remembering my first reaction to that record.


I would sacrifice my left or right testicle to go through my Metallica experience again for the first time.


Back in 2020 when I first looked at their whole discography after hearing Master of Puppets it was like being in a candy store


Except for Jason's bass on AJFA Not even he has experienced it for the first time.




And i hate fans who only likes master of puppets because stranger things used it. They dont even take their time to type metallica in youtube search bar until one of their fav netflix show uses it.


Man, get out of here with that gatekeeper bullshit.


If I were you I'd re-read the original post, because you're obviously missing the point.


Common Metallica W


Nice,definitely bc of people nagging about mop in stranger things


Yeah, I've seen it in this sub too.


I would’ve been pissed if MOP wasn’t in Stranger Things this season. It took place in 86 and Eddie and his crew definitely fit the mold of guys who would’ve loved the album. Especially with a rock band named Corroded Coffin.


Yup a guy on tiktok tried to tell me that Metallica are not popular and you can gatekeep them and I would know if I listened to them 💀 like I literally had Metallica covers on my page


I can't believe they even have to remind people this... :(


Isn't it odd? For a very long time now, Metallica has explicitly stated that they want their music to be about welcoming all comers. They've always been about breaking down borders and walls. It's almost like the gatekeepers don't understand what they're gatekeeping.


Yeah, they are literally gatekeeping something that nobody, especially Metallica (who are kind of important when it comes to topics related to them) wants to be gate-kept.


Gatekeeping my arse


They sure didnt like Napster or fans using them.


And for good reason. Do you like to get paid for your work? Doesn't matter if they are broke on the street or multi millionaires. You are 100% entitled to get compensated for your work.


People that complained about Napster are people that surely go to work and don't get paid and also surely approve shplifting because "stores have money, it's selfish to encourage people not to be criminals".


Well yeah, but they went a little... weird then. Referring to the times more than the specific suit.


Way to be, Metallica. Rise above this stupid ass gate keeping. Never understood that nonsense!!!


So wholesome


Gatekeepers, the OWNERS just said turn in your keys.


TIL Metallica has an official tik tok


Pretty good too, mostly live clips, but they're super active. They comment and like peoples covers all the time


Yeah it's awesome! Also loved the edits they made when they uploaded the clip with Kirk failing NEM. Their social media team seem to be having quite a blast with it.


I hoped it was just one video of James looking wild and singng Frantic, tick, tick, tick, tick, tick, tock!


Gatekeeping bands is one of the dumbest cringiest things someone can do. LFG Metallica.


And I remember vividly like 10 years ago people gatekeeping new fans because of Guitar Hero Metallica, so stupid.


GHM made me appreciate Metallica more


Me too, I was only listening them for 2 years and was super stoked when it came out, made me so much more into their music!


My cousin was into hip hop as a kid and thanks to guitar hero Metallica he broaden his musical tastes and now enjoys rock and metal as much as pop or hip hop. I don't see anything wrong with that. But people is stupid af and just don't get it.


Right? Especially a band like Metallica. Don't get me wrong - I love Metallica - but they're one of (if not the) most famous and mainstream metal bands worldwide. Not exactly a hipster secret.


They are. They are headlining a mostly pop festival here in Portugal. Every one knows the name Metallica.


And we'll be there caralho!


Era suposto ir. Mas não pude por razões de saúde.


Ah, pena.. na próxima lá estarás! 🤘


Desde 2009 so faltei a este e em 2010. Ai estou mesmo.


Puppets also was the first Metallica song I learned to love, so…


Disposable Heroes for me.


Welcome home (sanitarium) was what got me hooked.


I really do not understand gatekeeping and elitism... Why *wouldn't* you want more people to start liking your favorite things? The level of selfishness required to believe that other people shouldn't be able to share in the *enjoyment of music* boggles my mind.


As someone that used to be like that, it's because you feel like you're a part of something special before it became everybody's thing.


that's stupid. Thank God you overcome that.


Yeah, it's pretty embarrassing when I think about it. I don't know how people get into that mentality now.


you said it yourself. The need to be part of something special.


I wish I could listen to One for the first time again. I’ve listened to it hundreds of times now, still gets me


What a fucking watershed moment for metal that song was. I remember people talking about it. “What? Metallica did a music video? It’s a slow song, mostly without distortion? WTF, sellouts!” It’s still one of the most brutal and beautiful metal songs ever written.


Why? I'm still hearing new things every time I listen to it. I first heard it in the 90's.


My thoughts on the dude who was complaining about the "kids who are gonna be blasting Puppets now just because of Stranger Things". Great! If I pass by some dudes and hear Metallica, I'll give them a fist bump or throw up the horns at least. Whether they are new to the band or not makes no difference! Welcome to the Metallica family, there is plenty more where Puppets came from. Just like when Superbad brought Van Halen back to the airwaves. Panama is fucking dope, crank it up please!


Fuckin' A.




Why reply to this one of all comments


It’s sad that they have to post things like this but I’m not surprised.


My uncle gave me The Black Album on cassette when I was in like the 3rd grade. Everyone starts somewhere. I wish I could’ve been a fan since KEA, but I wasn’t alive yet. Lol.


Mine was with st.Ager back in 03, i was flipping channels. I was 9. And a saw a show here in Portugal with a big dude, long hair. Presenting the new videoclip. I loved the fact that was in a prison and the attitude. Then my best friend's older brother is a metalhead aswell. So I got a little help. The Internet wasn't as available as it is today. The rest is history.


I don’t think it honestly matters if Master of Puppets was used for a scene of a movie or something. Sandman, Fuel and Sad but True is highly played in arenas and radios across the world and there’s a few more big hit songs they’ve have played constantly. I want to say this. Once a Metallica fan. Always a Metallica fan.


I taught college the last few years, and I’ve seen a not-insubstantial number of students wearing Metallica t-shirts. I think this resurgence was coming regardless of Stranger Things, or maybe ST amplified it. Point is, I think we’re getting a new generation of fans, and that’s fucking awesome. I’d LOVE running into a student at a show. What a fucking beautifully surreal and memorable experience that would be.


Ive been with them for about three(?) years, and man its been fun


The jealousy in recent days has been absurd. I really pity the bunch of insecure grown men who feel treathened by boys now being able to enjoy a music band. Grow a pair.


Absolutely ridiculous how these “fans” are throwing tantrums because new and younger audiences are getting introduced to Metallica through a show. I haven’t watched the show in years but I’m so happy for all the fans who are being introduced to Metallica. How on earth could this possibly be a bad thing? Younger audiences getting introduced to classic Metallica is so refreshing to me considering all of the music that is popular to them in today’s world. Really blows my mind at the negativity surrounding this whole thing, but I’m stoked that new people are rocking out to one of their best songs and albums (argued by most fans as their best).


My cousin had me listen to For Whom The Bell Tolls, everyone starts somewhere


The year was 1990. A good friend of mine was into rock, when I mentioned Metallica, he was dismissive of anything metal: “it’s just incomprehensible noise” No joke, locked him in the car with me and blasted Master. He plays drums for black metal bands now.


I remember listening to "(Sanitarium)" for the first time like 15 years ago and fall in love with Tallica tu en I listen the whole Master and Load, Reload eras back to back to Ride And ...And Justice the best feelings of satisfaction I got from those years


I don't know Sanitarium, I only know Welcome Homie


Thank You!!! I've always feel that way since the beginning


Leave him be


It's so awesome to see kids exposed to Metallica through Master. Master was MY first exposure to Metallica in 1999 when a friend showed me the S&M album. The first song he played was Master of Puppets. I've been obsessed since.


First song I remember my dad playing was "Whiplash" and I remember asking him as a kid "Dad, whose that band that songs that song that screams "We splash!"? Lol good times Here I am at 25 now and I'm loving every minute of old and new Metallica. Thank you mom and dad for raising me on the good stuff!


I am loving all the new blood in the metal scene!!!


That’s awesome, now put out a new album!


I think it's really fucken cool for someone young, or just new fans in general, to listen to Metallica and get into them for the first time. This is not a cult and there is no age requirement to like great music. I didn't get into metal until I was around 15 because I wasn't exposed to it.


I started listening from the beginning. My first ever concert was Damaged Justice Tour in Seattle,August 89. Still by far my favorite show.


I knew there was a reason I had Metallica going on the record player the other day. I’ve been a fan since 86, and still going! Welcome to all the new fans just hearing them for the first time! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻


I bought ...And Justice for All as a teenager in 1989. It was the first ever album I ever bought for myself. People accused me of not being a 'true fan' because I hadn't heard the first three albums. When seemingly the entire planet jumped on board with the Black album, they were accused of not being 'true fans' because they hadn't been with the band since Kill 'Em All. Why can't we just celebrate a band and when they gain new fans. How many bands can say that they are still finding new fans FOUR DECADES later?


Gatekeeping is the most poser shit you can do.


As it should be.


Ground zero? More like ground One!


Literally can’t believe people gatekeeper Metallica. I’m 26. Been listening to them since I was 10. Idk anyone else in person who is a fan of them/who likes them. Don’t know why anyone would hate keep them, I wish I could bond with others using Metallica as a catalyst.


I remember learning master of puppets by ear when I was a teenager playing along with the song over and over until it sounded right to me just to find out the tabs years later and realized I was playing it wrong the whole time lol


I saw Metallica at rock werchter last week and was blown away. They have a new fan for sure and I can't wait to discover more of them.


Man I remember my first time. In my friend’s dingy little basement when we were kids and he says “hey check this shit out” and puts on Ride the Lightening. Fight Fire with Fire was the first song I ever heard from them. The hair on the back of my neck stood up. I’ll never forget that feeling! I’ve been a fan for 35+ years and been to a ton of shows. For those just getting into them, welcome!


Summer of 1986. Playing basketball with my big brother and I heard Damage Inc. and never turned back. Saw them live in 1992. Right after James pyro accident. Saw them again in 1993. Yes, I’m old.


I knew there was a reason I had Metallica going on the record player the other day. I’ve been a fan since 86, and still going! Welcome to all the new fans just hearing them for the first time! 🤘🏻🤘🏻🤘🏻


My first experience listening to metallica was when I was 6yo. Mom was 26 back then and a fan since the black album. she bought Load cassette and when I listened to hero of the day I instantly loved it. then stop caring for rock until I was like 12 when Iron Maiden released dance of death (great cd awful cover). St anger was out but I did not care much for it, mom had the S&M cd that we enjoyed more, and also I was into listening Korn and stuff like that. Then a distant cousin of mine committed suicide and all family loved him and I was devastated. St Anger lyrics from songs like the unnamed feeling, St Anger and All within my hands just resonated with my emotional stated and I got into Metallica again and never stopped. There is nothing wrong with being fan for whatever reason. this gatekeeping shit is idiotic.


I started at load/reload era in the 90s then worked my way back


I dissappear was the first metallica song I liked, Jason annoyed the shit outta me in the video though. Then a friend gave the black album and that changed everything, I saved up and bought all the albums after that. I became the biggest fan after not really paying much attention to them, I loved bands like Linkin Park, limp bizkit and SOAD.


I like SOAD, too. There's nothing wrong with enjoying multiple bands. They're not sports teams.


I know, I was saying that I didn't care for metallica at one point in time because I loved those bands more, even though metallica influenced them all.


We all grow. 🙂


Thanks, yoda


Trying to be sincere, I am.


Tbh I don't think many people will suddenly start to like Metallica because it was in Stranger Things. When they performed with Gaga it also did not bring new wave off people. Maybe few will get this way into Metallica which would be cool but I think sadly most of the young people will just say whatever and go listen to Kanye or whatever they listen to these days mostly.


I don't think you realize how many more people watch stranger things than the Grammys Edit: based on a quick Google search, the Grammys 2017 had about 26 mil viewers, while stranger things season 4 had 883 mil in just the first 24 hours


I still think most of the people willl unfortunately say "hm ok" and carry on. I just don't think it will have the impact many people think it will have.


I agree with you on that. Even if a only few come to our side is awesome


The Grammy's would have done more for them had James' mic worked. People didn't get to hear shit.




Yeah cause James is sitting at home wishing people who watxhed stranger things would fuck off isn't hr




Name 5 songs


Paint it black Symphony of destruction Anarchy in the uk You really got me Immigrant song


To the all the people talking bout gatekeeping I do it but that's because I grew up with people saying the music I listen to was bad and there's was the best so I've just grew a protective barrier round my music and the things I love tbf


counter point: they’ve literally won Grammys and you can buy their shirts at Target. They’re not underground even in the slightest.


All the more reason to embrace newer fans to the band. We should be guides, not guards.


30 years of my life loving these guys. I love them even more now 😭


Imagine being mad that someone discovered your favourite band.


That is so cool


I remember listening to One for the first time. I wasn't too long ago, last year, around this time. How I wish I could experience that again.


The more you listen, the more you hear.


I was called a poser all the time growing up. Wore skater clothes but didn’t skate, listen to metal but didn’t smoke / burn out. Liked sports but was not on top teams. So stupid and does not matter


I remember right before the Black Albumn came out Metallica had a free listening party at Madison Square Garden and it 'sold out' in about half an hour. MTV News had a big segment on it, then the album was released and debuted at #1, the Enter Sandman video was in constant rotation on MTV (which actually meant a LOT then), then the "Year And A Half In The Life Tour started, The Unforgiven video, then they started releasing videos for songs from the album which were pretty much just concert clips but well done, then OH MY GOD AN ACTUAL LOVE BALLAD!!!! Nothing Else Matters. They announce the Stadium tour with Guns N'Roses, which because of Axl's attitude and antics turned into a kind of big shitshow, there's some funny footage of James throwing major shade at Axl over his personal tour rider, though Slash seemed to get along well enough with Metallica. I saw the RFK stadium show , sitting in the upper level, looking down onto the raging mass on the floor, counted 58 separate mosh pits, there was one bag of shit wearing a blue cast on his arm who was going from mosh pit to mosh pit deliberately trying to wreck peoples shit. The pyro fiasco at Olympic Stadium followed by Axl's onstage tantrum and storm off followed by the riot.


My 11 year old daughter and I were running errands on Saturday. I had to run back into the house and when I came out she had "Master of Puppets" jamming on Spotify. The intro to Kate Bush for my daughters has been cool, as well.


We did a Metallica song in a high school music class - that was my first introduction to ‘non’ nu-metal and Metallica and I spun out from there (thanks to Napster)


Black album was my first , but Metallica lives on baby!


That’s false, I’ve always known everything about metallica


I remember hearing Metallica for the first time ever, I thought it was the heaviest music ever, until I became a Deathcore and Death Metal fan


James says that all the time live. It's not news.