Rock and metal musicians and fans often get a bad press for being heavy drinkers and drug addicts. But, if you look at this chart, you’ll see that the two main rock and metal festivals in the UK, Download and Sonisphere, as well as Reading and Leeds, which often boasts rock bands on its line up, contribute very little to the £101,691 total of drugs seized at festivals this year. You’ll see in fact that it’s the pop and hip-hop festivals that are the worst offenders. Just a little something to think about.

Rock and metal musicians and fans often get a bad press for being heavy drinkers and drug addicts. But, if you look at this chart, you’ll see that the two main rock and metal festivals in the UK, Download and Sonisphere, as well as Reading and Leeds, which often boasts rock bands on its line up, contribute very little to the £101,691 total of drugs seized at festivals this year. You’ll see in fact that it’s the pop and hip-hop festivals that are the worst offenders. Just a little something to think about.

Some Metallica statistics

Coupling with our latest list ‘Top Ten Most Played Metallica Song’, we thought we’d put together some fun facts about the biggest thrash metal band of all time. Here you go-

Top 30 Most Live Played Metallica Songs by Album-

Metallica- 6 
Master Of Puppets- 5 
Ride The Lightning- 5 
…and Justice For All- 4 
Kill ‘Em All- 4 
The $5.98 EP- Garage Days Revisited- 1 
Creeping Death Single- 1 
ReLoad- 1 
Load- 1 
The Unforgiven Single- 1 
Harvester Of Sorrow Single- 1 

Studio albums that didn’t feature in the top 30-

St. Anger
Death Magnetic
Lulu

Highest Peaking Metallica Singles-

US- Until It Sleeps (Load)- 10 

US Mainstream Rock- Until It Sleeps
Hero Of The Day (Load)
Turn The Page (Garage Inc.)
No Leaf Clover (S&M)
I Disappear (Mission Impossible II Soundtrack)
The Day That Never Comes (Death Magnetic)
Cyanide (Death Magnetic)- 1 

UK- Enter Sandman (Metallica)
Until It Sleeps (5)

Metallica Singles And Their RIAA Certificates-

Platinum-

Enter Sandman

Gold-

Master Of Puppets (Master Of Puppets)
One (…and Justice For All)
The Unforgiven (Metallica)
Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
Until It Sleeps
The Day That Never Comes

Hope that was educational for you, keep following The Rocker-Fellas for more rock lists and facts!

Top ten most played Metallica songs

Hey hey rock fans! It’s time for another cracking countdown! This time, it’s a countdown relating to the kings of thrash metal- the one and only Metallica. But because it’s just too damn hard to do the top ten best Metallica songs, we thought we’d stick to the facts and check their website to find the top ten Metallica songs that have played live the most times over Metallica’s thirty-three year career. This list will feature the biggest and best hits from Metallica’s impressive set list- fan favourites to chart-friendly hits, this list features the songs that are the high points of Metallica’s already impressive live show. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the thrash, this is the top ten most played songs live by Messrs Hetfield, Hammett, Ulrich and their various bassists…

10- Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Master Of Puppets- Track 4)

The tenth most played Metallica song is a true fan favourite. ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ came from the Metallica’s third album, which came out in 1986. . This album came at a sad time for the band (which I’ll explain later), but through all the heartache, Metallica grew stronger, only building on the successes of this album. ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ is one of many Metallica songs on the topic of insanity, referring to a mental patient who has been unjustly imprisoned. In fact, the song is based around the famous novel ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, which centres around similar themes. The song made it’s live debut on the 27th March 1986 and is still played today, especially during Metallica’s recent By Request tour- where fans could pick the set list. A real fan favourite, ‘Welcome Home (Sanitarium)’ is still a staple of Metallica’s live shows, having been played 907 times since it’s debut. Check it out here- http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=zOHfxHZO2BY

9- Nothing Else Matters (Metallica- Track 8)

A true classic, one of the band’s biggest selling songs and biggest hits. ‘Nothing Else Matters’ is up there with the best power ballads of all time, and comes from my personal favourite Metallica album- their eponymous fifth release. ‘Metallica’, or the Black album, came out in 1991, and is the band’s best selling album to date, having gone sixteen time platinum. That is crazy. ‘Nothing Else Matters’ came about when lead singer/rhythm guitarist/all-round God James Hetfield was on the phone to his girlfriend. With only one hand, he couldn’t fret his guitar, so plucked the open strings of a standard E-minor chord, which created the opening notes to this famous song. The song was a love song to Hetfield’s girlfriend at the time, about the bond between the two lovers, which could span any distance. The song was only meant to be kept between Hetfield and his girlfriend, but drummer Lars Ulrich overheard him playing it one day and demanded it be on the album. In doing so, he brought the joy of ‘Nothing Else Matters’ to the world, and gave Metallica a huge hit. The song debuted on 2nd March 1992, and has been played 1054 times since it’s conception. Here it is at the Freddie Mercury tribute concert later on in 1992, a beautiful song- http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KeTYlFv7E6k

8- Fade To Black (Ride The Lightning- Track 4)

Another challenger to the crown of best power ballad, ‘Fade To Black’ is also the oldest song on the list so far. Off Metallica’s second album ‘Ride The Lightning’, ‘Fade To Black’ is a song about a man coming to grips with his inevitable suicide, when his life shall ‘Fade to black’. The songs come from a time when the band were, in the words of Lars Ulrich, ‘obsessed with death’- as you can probably tell from listening to their first three albums. Not for the faint-hearted. However, Fade To Black offers a contrast to the heavy thrash that Metallica are famous for, showing off their full ability as musicians and songwriters. And great tune, and well worthy of the 1079 plays it’s received live, check it out here- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WEQnzs8wl6E

7- Sad But True (Metallica- Track 2)

The second song from The Black Album to feature on this list, ‘Sad But True’ has been thrashed out 1154 times by the band live. The song was the last single to be released from ‘Metallica’, rounding off the album and the great success it brought. The band drew on knowledge from a previous song- ‘The Thing That Should Not Be’- to tune their guitars down to a D tuning, which is pretty damn low. The song also features then-bassist Jason Newstead using a five-string bass, giving the song an air of the unique. The song’s structure has been used by many other artists, including Kid Rock in ‘American Badass’, and was included on the 1999 live album ‘S&M’. Great guitars, brilliant lyrics and pauses (I love a good pause in a song me), ‘Sad But True’ is one of my favourites, and apparently it’s everyone else’s too, hence it being on this list. Check it out- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=A8MO7fkZc5o

6- Enter Sandman (Metallica- Track 1)

The third and final song on the list to come from the eponymous fifth album, ‘Enter Sandman’ is an eternal classic. The first track and first single from The Black Album, the song was written by James Hetfield, who was trying to create the raw fear that can only be felt by a child having a bad dream. The riff was composed by Kirk Hammett, and not only makes up the basis for this song but has also become one of the best and most recognisable guitar riffs of all time. In fact, the riff was voted the fifth best ever by readers of Total Guitar magazine. Kerrang! readers also voted the song the fourth best single of all time. An impressive repertoire for a song that’s been featured in almost every single Metallica live show since it’s release- 1159 shows to be precise. Here’s the super creepy but super cool video for ‘Enter Sandman’- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=CD-E-LDc384

5- For Whom The Bell Tolls (Ride The Lightning- Track 3)

The second track from ‘Ride The Lightning’, a real hit amongst fans of classic literature as this Metallica hit takes its name from an Ernest Hemingway novel. ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was published in 1940 and was about the dishonour of modern warfare in reference to the Spanish Civil War raging at the time. The ‘tellica song was released a full 45 years later, but still makes specific references to the novel- for example, the lyric ‘Make his fight on the hill in the early day’ is a reference to a chapter in the book in which five soldiers are ruthlessly slaughtered on top of a hill. The song is known for it’s long introduction which features clever bass work from Cliff Burton, disguising his bass sound as that of a guitar. Burton first played the intro in a battle of the bands in 1979 with his other band at the time- Agents Of Misfortune. Strange really that a song that started out with one band ended up becoming such a big hit for another, being played 1302 live for Metallica. And here it is now.

WARNING- this video features bad language, awful hair and Lars Ulrich shirtless. Don’t say you weren’t warned…
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi021mb0AtI

4- One (…and Justice For All- Track 4)

Perhaps one of Metallica’s best known and most iconic songs and the first and only song from Metallica’s fourth album ‘…and Justice For All’ to feature on this list. The song is seven and a half minutes minutes, making it one of the longest tracks on this list. The song is another one about war, based on yet another novel- Dalton Trumbo’s ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ from 1939. That means that this song was released 49 years after the book. Take that ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’. The book tells the tale of a soldier who becomes a quadruple amputee after being hit by an artillery. He’s also devoid of all speech and feeling and is trapped inside his own body with only one wish- to escape through death. Deep man. This song was the first of Metallica’s to have a music video, although it was just clips of the band playing mixed in with scenes from the 1971 movie adaptation of ‘Johnny Got His Gun’ (directed by the author by the way). The song is not only a great piece of thrash metal, but it’s lyrics also make you really think about the atrocities of war, which I think is what the boys wanted when they wrote it. Played 1322 times live, this is ‘One’- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EzgGTTtR0kc

3- Seek and Destroy (Kill ‘Em All- Track 9)

Bronze medal in the Metallica Olympics (events including Kirk-Hammer throw and Track and Hetfield) is also the oldest competitor. The only song from their debut album to appear on this list, ‘Seek And Destroy’ came out in 1983. And no, it’s not based on a book. The song is based on those of Metallica’s early icons Diamond Head and is about wanting to kill but not being able to. James Hetfield would often joke that it was about hunting on the ‘Kill ‘Em All’ tour, which isn’t really funny when you think that Papa Het’s love for hunting almost got the group banned from Glastonbury this year. But they didn’t, and were able to to close their epic show there with this awesome number, contributing to the 1394 times it’s been thrashed out live. If you listen to the song between 3:47 and 3:48, you’ll hear a strange chance in pitch. This is due to a mistake from Kirk Hammett, one for which he has apologised many times. It was his first time guys, cut him some slack. I won’t embarrass Kirk by playing the album version, so enjoy this version with former bassist Jason Newstead on vocals instead- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QzQjehHvJlQ

2- Creeping Death (Ride The Lightning- Track 7)

The track that just missed out on the top spot is the third and final entry from ‘Ride The Lightning’. ‘Creeping Death’ is based on a film, however, if you go back far enough, it too is technically based on a book, one of the oldest around. The book of Exodus in The Bible describes The Plague Of The Death Of The Firstborn, which was one of many plagues bestowed by God upon the Egyptians as punishment for enslaving the Israelites. This is chronicled in the 1956 film ‘The Ten Commandments’- which one day, Metallica decided to watch. At the bit with the Plagues in it, Cliff Burton remarked ‘Whoa – it’s like creeping death.’ Thus, the song was born. ‘Creeping Death’ has been used to open Metallica’s set pretty much since it’s release as the only single from’Ride The Lightning’ in 1984, and since then it has enjoyed 1411 live renditions. James often needs help with this song, having Jason or Rob (bassists) back him on vocals and even getting the crowd to sing a whole chorus most of the time. A really great song that always gets the Metallica family on their feet. Check it out right here, with maybe a little bit of Green Day mixed in- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6lum4Vjgkxk

1- Master Of Puppets 1464 (Master Of Puppets- Track 1)

Dun dunna dun dun dun dun! We have a winner! The most played Metallica song live is really no surprise, because it really is their signature song. ‘Master Of Puppets’ was the first track and only single from the album ‘Master Of Puppets, which was released in 1986 to critical and fan acclaim. The al um became the first ever album of the thrash metal genre to be certified as platinum, and by 2003 it is estimated that the album had shifted over six million copies in the US alone. The album that launched Metallica into the public eye- it was their first to enter the US top 30- it marked the beginning of an era for the band. However, it also marked the end of one. Once the album was released, the band embarked on a supporting tour that, on the 22nd September 1986, took them to Sweden. The band complained about the sleeping arrangements on their tour bus, so to try and even things out, bassist Cliff Burton and guitarist Kirk Hammett drew cards to determine who would get to sleep where. Hammett drew the highest card and, as a prize, won Burton’s bunk, forcing Burton to sleep at the front of the bus. That night, just before 7 am, the bus skidded off the road, flipped and threw Burton out of the window, crushing him. Cliff Burton died that morning at the age of 24. The news of Burton’s death reverberated around the thrash world. ‘In My Darkest Hour’ by Megadeath was inspired by Burton’s death. Megadeath lead vocalist and guitarist Dave Mustaine was Metallica’s original guitarist and was a close friend of Burton’s. Another member of the big four of thrash metal Anthrax dedicated their album ‘Among The Living’ to Burton, as did heavy metal band Metal Church with their album ‘The Dark’. Metallica themselves wrote ‘To Live Is To Die’ in memory of Burton, who actually wrote some of the lyrics himself, which featured on their next album ‘…and Justice For All’. Cliff will live on forever in all of our memories, one of the greatest bassists of all time and an inspiration behind some of Metallica’s greatest songs. We at the Rocker-fellas are dedicating this playing of ‘Master Of Puppets’ to the one, the only, Clifford Lee Burton. Rest In Peace Cliff- https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3a_dsoLz2Zw

That’s it folks, the top ten most played Metallica songs live. It’s a pretty formidable list don’t you think? If you don’t then send us in what songs you think Metallica should play more often. That’s it for this list guys, keep on rocking.

Great Albums Week- Day 7. Earth Rocker- Clutch

To conclude our seven great albums, it’s one from little know but big hitting band Clutch. Their tenth studio album, ‘Earth Rocker’ was released in 2013, after a four year gap from Clutch’s recording schedule. The band consists of Neil Fallon (vocals and guitar), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines (bass) and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums) and, amazingly, the band have had the same core line up for their entire twenty-four year existence, with only keyboard player Mike Schauer departing the band in 2008 after just three years membership. Clutch have an unique style, with deep but not gruff vocals from Fallon and a blend of country, rock and folk that makes their sound instantly recognisable. That sound continues on ‘Earth Rocker’. Here are three songs that make the album great-

3- Gone Cold

A real slow, smooth record that accentuates the folk side of Clutch’s music. ‘Gone Cold’ features solemn lyrics, an easy chorus and a slow rhythm, ‘Gone Cold’ is a great song to sit down to on a sunny day and just relax. It’s chill-out music that makes you think. Brilliantly displaying Clutch’s full songwriting ability and can only really be described win one word- nice.

2- Cyborg Bette

Clutch’s more regular style, hard rock with a twist. The twist being that this song is about being mistreated by a woman, who just happens to be a robot. Elaborate metaphor or just a bit too much Southern Comfort, either way, it’s a great tune. Fallon and Sult’s guitar work is brilliant in this song, particularly just after the chorus, where a great little riff comes I’m to shift the song up. A brilliant little tune, one of Clutch’s best.

1- Book, Saddle And Go

Clutch’s tendency to relate their songs to periods of history is clear as day in this song. Set in, to use their own words, ‘the golden age of travel’, and describing the plight of a fictional highwayman- a daring anti-hero who would rob ladies of their purses and maybe something else too, if you get my meaning. ‘Book, Saddle And Go’ features something I really like. In the chorus, one line of vocals is supplemented with the bass line of the rhythm (the lower three strings on a guitar) and then the next with the treble (the higher three strings). I love the sound it makes, it’s like nothing I’d ever heard before and I hope more bands pay attention. ‘Book, Saddle And Go’- a great song from a great album.

'Earth Rocker' gave Clutch their first ever top 20 album on the Billboard top 200, and also become their highest charting album to chart in the UK. It also entered the top 3 on the US indie rock charts, although I would argue that they are in no way indie rock, because indie rock is just awful. Clutch are a real gem, a band like no other with a real unique sound that has built them a dedicated fan base around the world. I'm wholehearted looking forward to Clutch's next album, let's hope it's just as good as this one.