25 Metallica Quotes For Heavy Metal Lovers

Bang your head and rock hard with our Metallica quotes! 

Metallica is one of the world’s most successful bands. 

Fans of Metallica love the fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggression the band has made their signature sound.

Check out our Metallica quotes below. 

Who is Metallica?

Metallica is an American heavy metal band. 

They were formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. 

The band has had different members, but their current lineup consists of vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammet, and bassist Rob Trujillo. 

Check out these cool Metallica facts below:

  • Metallica was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. 
  • Guitarist Dave Mustaine was kicked out of Metallica and formed Megadeath. 
  • Metallica got their first Grammy nomination for the second album, … And Justice for All.  

What is Metallica’s best album?

Metallica has spanned several decades, so their catalog is massive. 

However, fans love Metallica for its fast, hard metal. 

Many fans argue that their third album, Master of Puppets, is their heaviest album and, therefore, their best album. 

Metallica has released eleven studio albums, four live albums, twelve video albums, one cover album, thirty-seven singles, and thirty-nine music videos. 

They have won nine Grammy awards.

The band has also debuted six consecutive studio albums at number 1 on the Billboard 200. 

What happened with Metallica and Napster?

If you grew up on Metallica, you probably remember Napster. 

Napster was one of the first popular peer-to-peer sharing platforms.

People used it to share music, videos, movies, and other content.

At the turn of the century, Metallica led a case against Napster for sharing copyright-protected material without consent.

In 2000, Metallica, along with several other bands, led a case against Napster, changing how people downloaded content online. 

The settlement resulted in several law changes and an array of fines for those who illegally downloaded copyrighted content. 

They eventually settled with Napster.  

To learn more, check out our Metallica quotes below. 

Short Metallica quotes by vocalist James Hetfield

These James Hetfield quotes are short and sweet. 

1. “I’m married to Metallica.” — James Hetfield, Metallica 

2. “Life is for my own to live my own way.” — James Hetfield, Metallica 

3. “There is something powerful in Metallica, a will, a drive.” — James Hetfield, Metallica 

4. “Metallica is a wonderful key to have on my key ring. I can go anywhere— James Hetfield, Metallica 

5. “There is one Metallica. We have many styles; it’s called Metallica.” — James Hetfield, Metallica 

The best Metallica quotes about the legendary metal band

Metallica is one of the world’s most successful heavy metal bands. 

6. “Nobody wants to hear Metallica at lunchtime.” — Michael Fassbender

7. “Cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home.” — Cliff Burton, Metallica 

8. “Megadeth doesn’t sound anything like Metallica.” — Dave Mustaine, Megadeath

9. “One of my few shortcomings is that I can’t predict the future.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

10. “We never see ourselves as being on a higher level than our fans.” — Kirk Hammett, Metallica 

The top Metallica quotes from drummer Lars Ulrich

Lars is one of the most well-known members of the band. 

11. “As long as it says Metallica on the record, it’s Metallica.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

12. “I don’t think we were really appreciative of it until recently and really understood that it is what keeps us alive.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

13. “It’s great to be able to have the freedom to run around and do all this crazy stuff, and at all cost, avoid making another record, just to piss our managers off.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

14. “Metallica lives in a little bubble. We just do our own thing. We’re not part of any trends or waves, or fads. We can just do our own thing all the time. It’s a great luxury.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

15. “What’s the message in Metallica? There is no message, but if there was a message, it really should be look within yourself, don’t listen to me, don’t listen to James, don’t listen to anybody, look within yourself for the answers.” — Lars Ulrich, Metallica 

Metallica quotes and sayings comparing them to Megadeath

Metallica and Megadeath were similar enough that people compared them often. 

16. “It wasn’t enough for Megadeth to do well; I wanted Metallica to fail.” — Dave Mustaine, Megadeath

17. “Metallica is the world to me – it always has been, and that’s not going to change. I’m married to Metallica.” — James Hetfield, Metallica

18. “When I left New York after getting fired from Metallica, all I remember is that I wanted blood. Theirs.” — Dave Mustaine, Megadeath

19. “Metallica is a very complicated, fragile thing. On the outside, it’s all-metal, but on the inside, it’s very delicate.” — Kirk Hammett, Metallica

20. “Usually when I’m mad, I’d rather listen to angry music than soothing music – more heavy metal, some Metallica or something.” — Matt Kenseth

Famous Metallica quotes about knowing your audience

21. “Sure, Kill Bill is a violent movie. But it’s a Tarantino movie. You don’t go to see Metallica and ask the fuckers to turn the music down.” Quentin Tarantino

22. “I went there anyway-knowingly, willingly-because I wanted a number one hit. I wanted what Metallica had, even if it meant selling a piece of my soul to the devil.” — Dave Mustaine

23. “People say that being kicked out of Metallica is what drove me to be better and faster in Megadeth, but I was faster and better than Metallica when I was in Metallica” — Dave Mustaine

24. “If we were to hit the level that Metallica or somebody like that hit, we’d have had a hard time dealing with it. I think it would have been our doom. It’s hard for anybody at that level.” — Gerald Caiafa

25. “Doing things the way you see it, going by your own heart and soul, that is pure artistic integrity. Whether the hair is six or sixty inches long, the eyes have make-up or not; the riffs are in ‘E’ or ‘F’ sharp, the amps are Marshall or not, all those things don’t matter if you are doing it for the right reason, which to me means doing it for yourself!!” — Lars Ulrich

What happened with Metallica and Megadeath?

Metallica is more than a band; they are a family.

However, as anyone in a family can tell you, sometimes families fight. 

In the early days of Metallica, the band underwent some changes. 

Lead singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich kicked out lead guitarist Dave Mustaine.

They disagreed about business and professional choices. 

Mustaine would leave the group and go on to form Metallica’s rival, Megadeath.

The feud between the two bands was bitter for many years. 

In recent times, the feud has cooled off. 

Sometimes moving on is necessary. 

However, Ulrich begs to differ, noting, “The day Metallica’s over, I’m not going to put an ad looking for another band.”

Even though these guys play hardcore metal music, they are still humans with emotions and feelings. 

Ulrich added, “Metallica’s the only band I’ve ever been, and it’s the only I ever wanna be in.” 

Who do you think is better, Metallica or Megadeath?

Be sure to let us know in the comments section below. 

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