Metallica has gone from a small time band of four young boys who couldn't get a gig and thus played free at the smallest venues, to the biggest name in the history of heavy metal in their career spanning 15 years (till today I mean...fortunately they ain't finished yet...hehe). With their continuous strife to develop new sounds and explore various aspects of music and not just heavy metal, the band has perpetually gained and lost fans along the way. There is no doubt that the band has gone softer than their first album Kill 'em all, yet many fail to realise that Metallica is not about being a genre or a stereotype, but Metallica is about Music. They never sought after labels and tried as best as they could to avoid being classed as certain style of music and in the process, became the subject of criticism from the industry, thepress and their fans. The bands reaction to this was summed up guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield
"We don't want any kinda label, we just want to do whatever the fuck we want to do"
Metallica has matured over the years in their sounds, music, playing techinques and of course lyrics, yet the essence of Metallica is as strong as it was 15 years ago. Metallica is one of the finest examples in the world of being a band and staying that way. Many bands have come and gone, some bands like Megadeth featured a new lineup with every new album, whereas some bands like Guns 'n Roses went out of the scene coz each member wanted an identity of his own which led to the fall of the band despite them