So, we come to this question again, which has been stirring a huge controversial debate among the heavy metal and hard rock fans since a long time. Is Metallica, The Greatest Metal Band Ever?
Well, like every other band, Metallica too has its lovers and haters. On one side, the haters hate it for being repetitive. They think that the band is too overhyped, and that it stole the credit from many deserving bands like Black Sabbath, which originally formed the base of the metal genre and Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, which helped metal to reach the heights where it is today. They think that the band just got lucky and is the self proclaimed “fathers of heavy metal”. Haters say that the band has no originality and it sounds too repetitive. They also say that the band is not so versatile and that it keeps playing almost the same chords and riffs in its every song. Also its lyrics are not catchy and are pretty crappy. The most weird hate point that the haters give is that the Metallica has just one song and two albums in the Rolling Stones magazine, so it proves that Metallica cannot be the greatest metal band ever.
Now, like haters have their points, band lovers also have facts to support their counter points. Metallica, is one of the most commercially successful heavy metal bands, which has sold over 110 million records worldwide. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2009. Metallica has also won nine Grammy Awards in total, of which six are for the best metal performance. This is by-far the most number of Grammy Awards ever won by any Metal Band in the history. So, I don’t think the band lovers need to say anything more in favor of their arguments. The lovers just love their favorite band and the band members. They love the aggression of The Four Horsemen and at the same time they love the softness of Nothing Else Matters. They love the lyrics on personal and mostly social issues. Be it the fast, aggressive thrash drum beats of Lars Ulrich or the deep, growling voice of James Hetfield, the fast riffs and wah-wah pedal in the solos of Kirk Hammett or the massive-chords and slap bass of Robert Trujillo, the fans love and worship their heroes and are mad for the band.
Even after 33 years, since its birth, Metallica still has a very large and diverse fan base across the globe. I must not forget to mention here that the people who love Metallica and think that it is THE GREATEST METAL BAND EVER are much-much more in number than the people who hate it.
So, if you are a Metallica fan and believe that they are the best or you don’t like the band and believe that there is some other band which is the greatest metal band and Metallica is just overhyped, comment below and share your views with us.