Metallica’s early years are explored in a new four-part series produced by streaming service Spotify. Set to debut August 18, “Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years” is divided into chapters titled “Metal Militia”, “Metal Up Your Ass”, “Sophistication And Brutality” and “Armageddon’s Here.”
Each segment features exclusive interviews with James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich along with rare archival footage, reminiscences from their peers, new animation by Anthony Schepperd and a companion playlist.
Chapter one is devoted to Hetfield and Ulrich’s first encounter. In it, Hetfield recalls: “When I met Lars, he was pretty much a stinky European kid,” while Ulrich says of Hetfield: “He was really awkward.” Chapter two brings Hammett into the band and covers the making of their debut album, 1983’s “Kill ‘Em All.” Chapter three is devoted to late bassist Cliff Burton, and chapter four follows the group’s early ascent.
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