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THURSDAY, AUGUST 18 – Spotify celebrates one of the most iconic rock and roll bands of all time with the launch of Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years on Thursday, August 18.  Spotify’s first music documentary takes viewers on a feverish journey through the formative years of rock’s heaviest band.   The four-part series will feature exclusive interviews with the band, rare archival footage as well as themed companion playlists. Click here to view the first episode, additional episodes will be available on mobile.


Available on Spotify’s mobile platform in the US, UK, Sweden and Germany, Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years documents early pen pal tape sharing, the birth of thrash metal, heavy-riffing cellists, and the origins of one of rock’s most influential bands. Focusing on the period from band’s formation in 1981 through the release of 1984’s Ride The Lighting, each chapter features candid interviews with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett, never-before-seen footage, trippy animations from Anthony Schepperd, and a connection to how Metallica continues to shape the success of many bands today.


Below are episode descriptions for Landmark – Metallica: The Early Years:


Chapter One: Metal Milita

How did an army of tape-traders help a group of pimply misfits “go viral” in 1982? Metal Militia recounts the story, from Lars Ulrich’s chance encounter with Motorhead in a London rehearsal space to the arrival of Cliff Burton.


Chapter Two: Metal Up Your Ass

With the arrival of Kirk Hammett on guitar, Metallica now had all the weapons they needed to record their debut album, Metal Up Your Ass. Although they were forced to change the name, they still managed to change the game with a unique combination of punk aggression and metal riffs that would come to be known as thrash.


Chapter Three: Sophistication & Brutality

With Cliff Burton fully on-board as a contributing songwriter, Metallica’s vision grew exponentially with the follow up to Kill ‘Em All. From literary references in the lyrics to acoustic guitars to – gasp – a ballad, Ride The Lightning showed the band’s growing ambition, creative potential, and willingness to piss off critics and fans in the pursuit of something epic.


Chapter Four: Armageddon’s Here

In the span of a few short years Metallica went from dive bars to stadiums. This is the story of what happened next.


About Spotify

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Spotify is available worldwide in 59 countries today. Overall, more than 75 million users are active, of which more than 30 million paying subscribers.


Since its launch in Sweden in 2008 Spotify has already paid out more than three billion US dollars to rights holders. Already, Spotify is the second largest source of revenue in the field of digital music for labels in Europe and the world’s largest and most successful music streaming service of its kind.


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