A-Z of Metallica
Terms and Names
This page gives the info behind certain names or phrases used in this
website and hopefully makes understanding various different areas of the
site easier. There are references to people and places and band related
words such as Scary guy!! but I'm sure everyone knows who the Scary Guy
A nickname for
Metallica, given to them somewhere in Europe in 1985, because of their
love of drinking. A fan was spotted wearing a T-shirt he had made of
the cover of Kill 'Em All, only instead of a hammer and blood,
the T-shirt showed a bottle spilling Vodka. The band members liked it
so much, they adopted it for their own use.
Apocalyptica is a
Finnish band that released their Metallica tribute album in May '96.
They are a quartet that consists of four guys playing cellos. The
songs on this album where chosen because they could be arranged for
the cellos, so songs with fast guitar solos weren't selected. They
even did a video for Enter Sandman!
This is the first name
which Metallica had in mind for the "Cure" song, because of
the repeating 'I Do Believe' - part.
When Lars and Jayms
tried to find a suitable name for the band, all they could come up
with at first was "Blitzer", "Grinder" and
"Red Vette", but as you probably know, they ended up with
Blood and Semen III
The image on the cover
of Load is a photograph called "Blood and Semen III"
by Anrdes Serrano. It was done by mixing bovine blood and the artist's
own semen between two sheets of plexiglass. Kirk discovered the photo
while looking through a collection of the artist's work at a
The Chophouse is Jason's
home studio where he is creating the most part of his projects beside
Cliff 'Em All
All" was a video release in '88 which included much of the band's
private footage of their three years with Cliff Burton. Metallica had
made no promos for it because the aim of the video was to show Cliff
and the band as they really were. The song "Orion" was a
very emotional moment for the band, because it was the music they had
chosen for Cliffs funeral. But it also included a lot of fun stuff,
when Cliff is indulging to his beloved madness.
A track meant to be on
the Load album, that was pulled out in the last minute. The
song was performed live a few times prior to that album. Devils
Dance appeared on the Re-Load album.
This is a German band
that released a nine song tribute album. Their interpretation of the
songs is considerably different than that of the originals. There is
some guitar, but mostly keyboards, electronic drums and a strong
accent from the vocalist.
Doris is Lady Justice's
nickname (the statue with the scales on the "...And Justice For
The Dungeon is the name
of Lars's home studio. It is the place where several new ideas of the
band had their origin.
Ecstasy of Gold
Metallica's intro tape
on their shows. Ecstasy of Gold is composed by Ennio Morricone,
and is from the Clint Eastwood flick "The Good, The Bad and the
Flotsam & Jetsam
This is the name of the
band where Jason played before he joined Metallica.
This stands for the demo
tape of 'Until it sleeps' (read: 'Fell on black days').
It's a Sepultura song
from the album "Against", but Jason Newsted took part in
writing the lyrics, he also played the baritone guitar and took part
in the bawling vocals (!).
- James Hetfield: Black
Sabbath, Motorhead, Ted Nugent
- Lars Ulrich: Diamond
Head, Motorhead, Deep Purple
- Kirk Hammett: Jimi
Hendrix, UFO, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Joe
- Jason Newsted: Kiss,
Rush, Black Sabbath, Ted Nugent
Johnny Got His Gun
The movie clips on One
are from the film "Johnny Got His Gun", which was adapted
from the book by Dalton Trumbo, who also directed the movie.
From the song The
Call Of Ktulu. Ktulu comes from the mind of author H.P. Lovecraft.
He writes fascinatingly twisted and disturbed books and Metallica was
influenced a bit by him after Cliff Burton had introduced his writings
to the rest of the band. Ktulu is contained within a book that H.P.
Lovecraft wrote. They are great books that explore the macabre to it's
James is responsible for
the original design, the Load design and the St. Anger design.
is an organization that attempts to make the dreams of seriously ill
youngsters come true. Metallica actively support and assist as often
The first record label
who signed Metallica. Kill 'em all was first released on this label
The 'Memorie Remains' -
Marianne Faithfull chose
a few of her favorite movie one-liners to add to the feel of the song.
One of the movies is Marilyn Monroe's "The Misfits". The
line "Say yes. At least say hello." is from that movie.
Metal Massacre I
A compilation album
including bands like Ratt, Bitch, Malice etc. The Metallica song Hit
The Lights appeared on this album, which was the first vinyl
release featuring the four M's.
official fan club.
Dave Mustaine wrote a
few tunes with Lars and Jayms while he was a member of the band. Mechanix
is one of these, which later was changed a bit and given a new name, The
Four Horsemen. The original version can be heard on some old
demos, as well as on the first Megadeth album.
Metal Up Yer Ass
Lars came up with his
own concept for the first LP title and artwork. The title was
"Metal Up Yer Ass" and its artwork featured an arm holding a
machete coming out of a toilet bowl ! But after further discussion he
coined the title "Kill 'Em All" and the hammer covered in
fresh blood as its artwork.
This stands for the name
of 'Hero of the day' before it was renamed.
The Name Metallica
Lars stole the name
Metallica from "Mr. Metal" of San Francisco, Ron Quintana.
He was getting ready to launch a metal fanzine and had a few names. He
asked his friend Lars for help, and after hearing the name
"Metallica," Lars quickly suggested a different name and
kept "Metallica" for himself!
No Life `Til Leather
This is the name of the
demo Metallica recorded in July '82. This demo-tape was never
officially released, but copies were made and spread like a bushfire.
It included the tracks: Hit the Lights, Mechanix (The Four Horsemen),
Motorbreath, Seek & Destroy, Metal Militia, Jump In The Fire and
Phantom Lord ( which were later released on "Kill 'Em All",
as you know)
Paradise Lost is a
documentary aired on HBO about 3 accused teenagers, Damien Echols
(18), Jason Baldwin (16), and Jessie Misskelly (17), who alledgedly
murdered 3-8 year old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in 1993.
Alledgedly they were devil worshippers and Damien liked to listen to
Metallica. The film makers used Metallica songs in both Paradise Lost
and the new Paradise Lost 2: Revelations.
Piss and Blood
It is the image on
ReLoad's cover which is also done by Andres Serrano.
The band's management
company. Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch are two of the guys employed
here, and they work with Metallica.
Lars had placed an ad in
a newspaper called The Recycler, saying he was looking for people to
jam with. James answered the ad, but was unimpressed with Lars'
playing, partly due to the fact that Lars' cymbals fell over every
time he hit them! Shortly thereafter, Lars went to England to follow
his favorite band, Diamond Head on tour, and after returning to the
States, got a spot on Brian Slagel's "Metal Massacre" album.
Using this as bait, he talked James into recording a song for the
album, and the rest is history.
Jaymz came up with the
Scary Guy logo, which first saw the light of day on the 3 track
limited edition CD-single Live At Wembley. You will also find
the skull design on the "Live, shit..." box, as well as on
T-shirts and merchandise. James has had different Scary Guy designs
over the years.
At the 1987 Aardshok
Festival in Zwolle, Holland, a group of Metallica roadies under the
name SCRAP METAL opened the nine hour festival, that Metallica
headlined, playing a set of covers!
that you can see on the cover of the Black Album is from the Culpepper
Minutemen flag, from which the motto "Don't Tread On Me"
also originates. The flag is actually from the Revolutionary War.
There are a couple of different versions of it. There is a yellow one,
a white one, and one with red and white stripes, which was the first
American Flag! The white one reads at the top "The Culpepper
Minutemen", and the yellow one just has the snake and "Don't
Tread On Me" at the bottom.
The Snake Pit was a
large pit in the middle of Metallica's diamond-shaped "Wherever I
May Roam" stage, set aside so a few lucky fans could stand right
in the middle of the action on stage. It is also an online meeting
place for Metallica fans on AOL.
The Ten Commandments
The lyrics for Creeping
Death are about the tale of the plagues bestowed upon the
Egyptians, inspired by the second half of the movie "The Ten
The artist behind some
Metallica covers like "One" and "Harvester of
sorrow" as well as merchandise and t-shirts
Cliff Burnstein and Peter Mensch aren't just employees of Q-Prime,
they are the founders and heads of Q-Prime. Q-Prime is one of the most
successful management businesses in the world. It's clients include:
Metallica, Def Leppard, Hole, Queensyrche, Vercua Salt and others.
Tommy's Joint is a
Hofbrau (meat, potatos and BEER!!!) located in San Francisco and was a
hangout of Metallica's; it is also the place where Jason was asked to
join the band!