10 Things You Didn't Know About Metallica

Untold mysteries of Hetfield.

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Metallica are mandatory listening for anyone who's a fan of heavy music. Though they may have metal right there in their name, these thrash giants were able to transcend the sub-genre of rock and convert millions of listeners to become worshippers of all things heavy.

Most of their story is laid out pretty clearly throughout their history, but there are also some subtle intricacies that make the band what they are.

Across almost 40 years, the band has built up an impressive back catalog, but it didn't come without some weird detours along the way. While the band has lost members, weathered through bad albums, and have even been on the brink of their own destruction, they always found a way to come back to the music at the end of the day.

Whether it's in their speed metal prime or in their world-conquering peak of popularity in the '90s, each of the band's periods have little sidenotes that have driven fans wild for years.

Time could have easily worked these things out differently, but given the band's status as one of the greatest of all time, perhaps things worked out exactly like they were supposed to.

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