Part one of a new four-part Spotify series, "Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years", is now available to watch online.
“Chapter One: Metal Milita” details the formation of Metallica by drummer Lars Ulrich following a move from Europe to California in 1980. Frustrated that the Los Angeles club scene wasn’t as heavy as things overseas, Ulrich heads to England and gets re-inspired after hanging out with Motorhead in London.
The drummer returns Stateside, builds connections within the industry and secures enough interest from Metal Blade Records to form a band to record “Hit The Lights” for inclusion on the label’s compilation “Metal Massacre.”
Demo tapes followed, as did a move to San Francisco as part of a deal to add bassist Cliff Burton to the lineup.
Following "Metal Militia", "Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years" continues with additional chapters including "Metal Up Your Ass", "Sophistication And Brutality" and "Armageddon's Here."
Each segment features exclusive interviews with Ulrich, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett alongside rare archival footage, reminiscences from their peers, new animation by Anthony Schepperd and a companion playlist.
"Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years" is the debut documentary series from Spotify. All four chapters have been released simultaneously and can be viewed via the streaming service’s mobile app.
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