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/37\ Metallica Family Tree

What are the bands that share most genes with Metallica? We grade them all in several tiers of kinship and build Metallica family tree (drawings below). Try guess the second closest band (because the closest one is obvious).

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/36\ Death Magnetic: Metallica’s (Almost) Ultimate Album

Death Magnetic was the long-awaited return to the roots of Metallica. Today we go through all the songs, discussing what’s good (and not so good) about them. Click for show notes with videos.

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/35\ What If Load/Reload Were One Solid Album

It’s been tried before, but now it’s my turn! Let’s make Load/Reload one tight album, and as much old-school Metallica as possible. Actually, we could even make it better than The Black album! Spoiler: it has do with speed, swearings, and an instrumental track. Notes below.

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/34\ Black Album Demos & Riff Tapes

The Black Album 30th anniversary reissue’s here! And of all the good stuff Metallica gave us, Black Album riff tapes and demos are most precious. Today we’re going through ’em all \m/

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/33\ Metallica Songs Most Like Next/Previous Albums

Metallica changes their sound with each new album. And each has songs that sound close to the previous record, as well as ones that foreshadow future stuff. Today we detect em all \m/

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/32\ Why Metallica didn’t play Orion live with Cliff (+more)

Why no Orion live 1986 with Cliff Burton? No Trapped Under Ice in Antarctica? Why use cool riffs for Lulu, and not keep them for Hardwired? Today we discuss the cool opportunities Metallica missed. Below are links to the videos mentioned in the episode.

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/31\ (More) Easter Eggs In Metallica Songs

Another couple of dozen curious hidden things in Metallica songs, aka Easter Eggs. This is “geeky” edition, also featuring viewer submissions (thank you all!). Check out part 1 on YouTube if you haven’t.

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/30\ Beyond Magnetic and Other Non-album Metallica Songs Ranked

There are only 8 original songs Metallica didn’t put on the main albums. Half are on Beyond Magnetic EP. And today I’ll rank them from the worst to the best. WARNING: Contains Metallica criticism!

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/29\ Garage Inc: Turn Any Song Into Metallica

Garage Inc cover album was made literally in just a few weeks. And it went multiplatinum, probably the easiest commercial success Metallica ever had. How did they do it? And what’s the secret to making any tune sound like Metallica?

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/28\ James Hetfield Solos: Why So Few?

Once per album (on average) Metallica treats us with a solo by James Hetfield. The riff god turns out a prolific lead guitarist. We review every such case, and also trying to crack a mystery: does Orion actually have a Hetfield solo?