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Metallica Through the Ages: A Pictorial Retrospective

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Today marks the release of Metallica’s tenth studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct! To celebrate, we put together this pictorial retrospective commemorating the band’s long history and many, many achievements. We hope you enjoy it!

4.5 Billion Years Ago: Cliff Burton creates the Heavens and the Earth.
4.5 Billion Years Ago: Cliff Burton creates the Heavens and the Earth.
400 Million Years Ago: Robert Trujillo leads sea creatures onto the land for the first time.
400 Million Years Ago: Robert Trujillo leads sea creatures onto the land for the first time.
The Dawn of Man: Lars Ulrich discovers that bones can be used as tools... and that tools can be used to rock.
The Dawn of Man: Lars Ulrich discovers that bones can be used as tools… and that tools can be used to rock.
3100 B.C.: Stones travel thousands of miles to see Metallica perform in the round at Wiltshire, England, and are so impressed by the performance they never leave.
3100 B.C.: Stones travel thousands of miles to see Metallica perform in the round at Wiltshire, England, and are so impressed by the performance they never leave.
400 B.C.: James Hetfield brings headbanging to Greece.
400 B.C.: James Hetfield brings headbanging to Greece.
1211: Kirk Hammett victorious at The Battle of Yehuling
1211: Kirk Hammett victorious at The Battle of Yehuling
1776: Declaration of Independence signed; Metallica debut "Don't Tread on Me" at the afterparty.
1776: Declaration of Independence signed; Metallica debut “Don’t Tread on Me” at the afterparty.
1848 - 1855: The California Metallica Rush
1848 – 1855: The California Metallica Rush
1912: The Titanic sinks after colliding with James Hetfield.
1912: The Titanic sinks after colliding with James Hetfield.
1945: After hearing theNo Life 'til Leatherdemo, Hitler realizes his band sucks and kills himself. The Allies win World War II.
1945: After hearing the No Life ’til Leather demo, Hitler realizes his band sucks and kills himself. The Allies win World War II.
1964: Metallica appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1964: Metallica appear on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1969: Successful completion of the 'Master of Moon Landings' Tour.
1969: Successful completion of the ‘Master of Moon Landings’ Tour.
1983: Metallica create the Internet.
1983: Metallica create the Internet.
???: Cliff has risen!
???: Cliff has risen!

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