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Guitar Hero: Metallica

Released March 29, 2009 · consists of 12 releases.

Guitar Hero: Metallica is the second band-specific game in the Guitar Hero franchise. It features 28 songs from the world famous heavy-metal band Metallica, as well as 21 guest acts - picked by Metallica themselves.

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Guitar Hero: Metallica

First release date March 29, 2009
Platform PlayStation 2 , Xbox 360 , PlayStation 3 , Wii
Developer Neversoft Entertainment , Blizzard Albany , Budcat Creations
Publisher Activision
Genre Music/Rhythm
Franchises Guitar Hero , Activision Hero


Guitar Hero: Metallica is the second Guitar Hero game with a focus on an individual band, the first being Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The game's soundtrack features 28 Metallica tracks and 21 tracks from other artists such as The Sword, Foo Fighters, and Danzig. Tracks from each Metallica album, even the live album S&M and the cover album Garage Inc are featured. While all versions of the game come with the track "All Nightmare Long" from their latest album, Death Magnetic, the rest of the album is available for download on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace.

In various interviews, Metallica has stated that they are pleased and honored that Activision is devoting an entire team to make a game entirely focused on their music. Lars Ulrich, the band's drummer and co-founder, said that it will be a treat for fans. Long time lead guitarist, Kirk Hammett, said that fans and even those who haven't discovered Metallica yet will fall in love with the game, because it gives players the feeling that they are really up on stage playing the songs and creating music.


Guitar Hero: Metallica

Career mode progression works similarly to the one found in Guitar Hero Aerosmith, while maintaining the gameplay found in Guitar Hero: World Tour. In the beginning, players take control of Metallica performing a two-song setlist. This triggers the story by inspiring a local band to follow Metallica on tour and play as an opening act. The band will follow Metallica around to key arenas which commemorate some of their most memorable gigs. This will include arenas such as the Tushino Airfield in Russia for where they played to a crowd of 500,000 people free of charge in 1991, as well as The Forum in Los Angeles.

During career mode, the player alternates between playing as Metallica and the opening band, aptly named 'Tallica Jr. Players can choose to create their own rock star through the game's Create-a-Rocker editor, or choose from a variety of pre-existing characters (Whom include Guitar Hero staples Axel Steel, Johnny Napalm and Judy Nails). Following suit with the previously Neversoft Guitar Hero releases, players can also unlock celebrity rockers including Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister and Mercyful Fate vocalist King Diamond (who appears with his trademark cross-bones microphone). When the player plays songs that are not by Metallica - with the exception of 'Ace of Spades' and 'Evil', generic Guitar Hero characters are used.

Guitar Hero: Metallica

Aside from the game's career progression style, the in-game interface remains largely unchanged from Guitar Hero: World Tour. One of the few key differences, however, is a box that goes over your note streak telling you how many stars (out of five) you have earned, similar to the system used in the Rock Band franchise. In addition to the in-game interface and set list changes, the menus of the game have been given a Metallica make-over, with everything from the start menu sporting Metallica inspired artwork.

The online aspect of Guitar Hero: Metallica remains largely unchanged to Guitar Hero: World Tour, with the player being able to play in a four-player band, guitar and bass co-op, band vs band matches etc. The only key change resides in the game's guitar-exclusive battle mode, in which a new power up dubbed "Fade to Black" appears. The power-up is most used in sudden death matches, and when used completely blacks out the opposing player's fret board.


Guitar Hero: Metallica

Metallica put on motion-capture suits and did many of their signature moves from their live shows for the game. Among them were bassist Rob Trujillo's "braid spin" where, during the song "Seek and Destroy", he picks up his bass and spins around in a circle. The game features unlockable videos of the band in the suits, including a scene where Lars Ulrich is playing the band's song "The Shortest Straw" in the suit for the first time.

In addition to the videos of the band in mo-cap suits, the game sports the "Metallifacts" video feature. Metallifacts is a pop-up video style feature that has the virtual band playing the song the player chooses, all the while displaying little known facts and details about the songs they pick. Some songs even feature bootleg performances taped by fans, included on the songs "Creeping Death", "Orion", "For Whom the Bell Tolls", and others.

Expert Plus

A new feature making its debut in Guitar Hero Metallica is the inclusion of Expert Plus, the highest difficulty a player may choose. Only available to Drummers, Expert Plus utilizes a second kickpedal that can be connected to all Guitar Hero World Tour and Band Hero drumkits via the ports on its back.


On September 28, 2010, 39 tracks (including all the Metallica tracks except those from Death Magnetic) from Guitar Hero: Metallica will be exportable to Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock.

Metallica's Music

Every Metallica album is represented in the game's setlist. Metallica's Albums in chronological order:

  • 1983 - Kill 'em All
  • 1984 - Ride the Lightning
  • 1986 - Master of Puppets
  • 1988 - ...And Justice for All
  • 1991 - Metallica (The Black Album)
  • 1996 - Load
  • 1997 - ReLoad
  • 1998 - Garage Inc.
  • 1999 - S&M
  • 2003 - St. Anger
  • 2008 - Death Magnetic

Guitar Hero: Metallica Setlist (Band**)

Career Tier Song Title Artist Year
1. The Forum For Whom the Bell Tolls *** Metallica 1984
1. The Forum The Unforgiven *** Metallica 1991
2. Tushino Airfield Turn the Page (Live) *** Bob Seger 1976
2. Tushino Airfield Mother of Mercy *** Samhain 1986
2. Tushino Airfield No Excuses Alice in Chains 1994
2. Tushino Airfield Tuesday's Gone *** Lynyrd Skynyrd 1973
2. Tushino Airfield Demon Cleaner *** Kyuss 1994
3. Metallica at Tushino Nothing Else Matters *** Metallica 1991
3. Metallica at Tushino Enter Sandman *** Metallica 1991
3. Metallica at Tushino King Nothing *** Metallica 1996
3. Metallica at Tushino Sad But True *** Metallica 1991
3. Metallica at Tushino No Leaf Clover *** Metallica 1999
4. Hammersmith Apollo Stacked Actors Foo Fighters 1999
4. Hammersmith Apollo Toxicity System of a Down 2001
4. Hammersmith Apollo Armed and Ready Michael Shenker Group 1984
4. Hammersmith Apollo Albatross Corrosion of Conformity 1994
4. Hammersmith Apollo The Boys are Back in Town *** Thin Lizzy 1976
4. Hammersmith Apollo Orion *** Metallica 1986
4. Hammersmith Apollo Fade to Black *** Metallica 1984
4. Hammersmith Apollo The Memory Remains *** Metallica 1997
4. Hammersmith Apollo Wherever I May Roam *** Metallica 1991
4. Hammersmith Apollo Welcome Home (Sanitarium) *** Metallica 1986
5. Damaged Justice Tour Hell Bent for Leather Judas Priest 1978
5. Damaged Justice Tour The Black River *** The Sword 2008
5. Damaged Justice Tour Mommy's Little Monster (Live) *** Social Distortion 1998
5. Damaged Justice Tour War Inside My Head Suicidal Tendencies 1990
5. Damaged Justice Tour Ace of Spades *** Motörhead 2008
5. Damaged Justice Tour Fuel *** Metallica 1997
5. Damaged Justice Tour Frantic *** Metallica 2003
5. Damaged Justice Tour One *** Metallica 1988
5. Damaged Justice Tour All Nightmare Long Metallica 2008
5. Damaged Justice Tour Hit the Lights *** Metallica 1983
6. The Meadowlands Am I Evil? *** Diamond Head 1982
6. The Meadowlands Blood and Thunder *** Mastodon 2004
6. The Meadowlands Stone Cold Crazy Queen 1974
6. The Meadowlands Mercyful Fate *** Metallica 1998
6. The Meadowlands Seek & Destroy *** Metallica 1983
6. The Meadowlands Creeping Death *** Metallica 1984
6. The Meadowlands Master of Puppets *** Metallica 1986
6. The Meadowlands Battery *** Metallica 1996
7. Donington Park Beautiful Morning *** Machine Head 2007
7. Donington Park War Ensemble Slayer 1990
7. Donington Park Evil *** Mercyful Fate 2008
7. Donington Park The Shortest Straw *** Metallica 1988
7. Donington Park Whiplash *** Metallica 1983
7. Donington Park Dyer's Eve *** Metallica 1988
7. Donington Park Disposable Heroes *** Metallica 1986
7. Donington Park Fight Fire with Fire *** Metallica 1984
8. The Ice Cave The Thing That Should Not Be *** Metallica 1986
9. The Stone Nightclub Broken, Beat & Scarred * Metallica 2008
9. The Stone Nightclub Cyanide * Metallica 2008
9. The Stone Nightclub My Apocalypse * Metallica 2008

* = These songs are exclusive to the Wii and PlayStation 2 version of the game, although they are available as DLC for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

** = The setlist for single instruments varies from this list. All the songs do appear on those setlists (except for the instrumental Orion on vocals).

*** = Exportable to GH:WoR

Downloadable Content

The entire Death Magnetic album a unique version of Suicide & Redemption is available as DLC for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation3.

Song Title Artist Year
That Was Just Your Life Metallica 2008
The End of the Line Metallica 2008
Broken, Beat & Scarred Metallica 2008
The Day That Never Comes Metallica 2008
All Nightmare Long Metallica 2008
Cyanide Metallica 2008
The Unforgiven III Metallica 2008
The Judas Kiss Metallica 2008
Suicide & Redemption J.H. ( James Hetfield's solo) Metallica 2008
Suicide & Redemption K.H. ( Kirk Hammet's solo) Metallica 2008
My Apocalypse Metallica 2008

Trivia and Other Stuff

Original Box Art Misspelling

In February 2009 the original box art for Guitar Hero : Metallica was released and had a big misspelling on it. Instead of the famous band name "Lynyrd Skynyrd", the box art read "Lynyrd Skynrd".


A demo for Guitar Hero: Metallica was released on Xbox Live Marketplace on 20th March, 2009. It included the four following songs:

  • No Excuses - Alice in Chains
  • Sad But True - Metallica
  • Seek and Destroy - Metallica
  • Stone Cold Crazy - Queen

Launch Bundles & Pre-order Bonuses

In the United Kingdom and Australia, a limited guitar bundle was distributed. The bundle contains the game, a Guitar Hero: World Tour guitar, a Metallica faceplate and some exclusive stickers.

Pre-order bonuses were also offered by retailers. In Australia, EB Games offered a bass pedal, GAME offered a set of black drumsticks with a printed Guitar Hero: Metallica logo and JB Hi-Fi offered a Guitar Hero: Metallica t-shirt. In the United States, GameStop offered a new bass pedal and Hollywood Video and GameCrazy offered the above mentioned drumsticks.


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Specific release details

Guitar Hero: Metallica
Guitar Hero: Metallica
Platform Xbox 360
Region United Kingdom
Release date May 29, 2009
Product code None
Company code None
Rating BBFC: 12
Minimum Players 1
Maximum Players N/A
Resolutions N/A
Sound Systems N/A
Single player Features N/A
Multi player Features N/A
Widescreen Support No
Notes N/A

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