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Name(s): Metallica
Scope/Focus: Music
Date(s): 1981-
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Metallica are a heavy metal band from San Francisco, CA and one of the Big 4 of thrash metal, along with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. They grew from a cult band to one of the biggest and most popular bands in the world. Their best-known songs include "Enter Sandman," "One" and "Master of Puppets."


Fan Club

The Metallica Club, run by the band, complete with local chapters throughout the U.S.

Fan Community Nicknames

Metallibangers, Metallicats

Intersection With Other Fandoms

On the TV show Supernatural the character of Dean Winchester is a fan of Metallica. As a result the band and their music often plays a role in fanfiction. See The Firefly that Loved Metallica.

Fan Works

Fan Art


Everything on AO3 is slash. The main ship is guitarist/singer James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, but everybody gets paired up with everybody else.

Fandom Conflicts

The band has a notoriously broken base.

"Metallica is perhaps best known for its somewhat turbulent relationship with its fans. Some of this is the result of their long career and their experimentation with other musical styles. The fan-base tends to divide thusly: "hardcore" metalheads that stay away from anything after Justice, or after Master if they're not into prog-metal (Hetfield even mentioned in interviews that the band lost some especially vocal fans after the acoustic guitar intro on "Fade to Black"); fans who got into the band with the Black Album and like their anthemic '90s style better; those who uncritically love everything the band releases; and some who seem to exist solely to antagonise the band and other fans."[1]

Other Sites

See also


  1. ^ Metallica on TV Tropes