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Metallica Talks Guitar Hero: Metallica

As soon as we heard about Guitar Hero: Aerosmith, we knew it was just the beginning. Than we started hearing rumors about Guitar Hero: Metallica, which just received a massive unveiling via the band in question and USA Today.

Lead designer Adam Flores and Metallica's Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett spoke with USA Today and confirmed several important details. First of all, the game is coming sooner than we might've expected (early 2009), and you shouldn't expect a walk in the park. The guys talk about providing plastic guitarists with a challenging experience that will push even veterans of the Guitar Hero franchise. Flores said specifically that it's "a lot harder all around," as most of the songs included "have a higher level of difficulty, certainly at the end of the game when you are playing the old-school Metallica stuff." As the article points out, this is a good time to release a game based on the legendary heavy metal group; Metallica's new album, "Death Magnetic," has already gone platinum after debuting at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart. If you're wondering, that's the fifth consecutive album of theirs that has performed this well, and the current album received four Grammy nominations. Furthermore, with so many millions of fans around the world, this will be the perfect title for those who always wanted to tear it up, true Metallica style.

The band talks at length about the game in that USA Today interview so make sure you read their replies. We hope to have a soundtrack list soon, and an exact release date as well.

Related Game(s): Guitar Hero: Metallica

12/16/2008 Ben Dutka

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Ed_Wayne
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:01:12 PM
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I love Metallica but I won't be getting this.

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 1:17:49 PM
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Oh boy I think this ranks right up there with a root canal or having my wisdom teeth removed by an optometrist. If there is one band I dislike more than Aerosmith it is Metallica. I would love to see a Tool Guitar Hero or maybe an In Flames GH but ugh.

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Annihilator221
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:04:39 PM

Wait... what? Not to begin any sort of flaming... but Metallica still retains much in their old music that new metal has now. They are part of the foundation for many metal bands... including "In Flames". Listen to the If song "Lunar Strain" and then listen to any old school Metallica. There is a clear influence in the way both the guitar and bass are played, coming from a Music Theory minor's standpoint.

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:07:43 PM

Hey man no offense taken at all on your views so no worries. I can see the influence on a lot of music I like from Metallica, but that doesn't mean I have to like them. Elvis Prestley influenced countless artists as did the Beatles but I dislike both their music as well. I don't like Metallica but if a band takes influences from them and then IMHO improves upon it then hey whatever I like that band not the "forefather's" of their sound.

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Annihilator221
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:10:34 PM

I have to agree with you on the Elvis Presley thing. XD It just seemed like you would rather eat shards of glass than listen to Master of Puppets. lol But I see where you're coming from. :D

Oh and an IF Guitar Hero would kick ass!!!

If it had Trophies... >:(

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SarahPalinMILF
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:19:50 PM

Metal music sucks...only homosexuals trying to look manly listen to that crap...go get a real taste in music...

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N a S a H
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:29:31 PM

SarahPalinMILF: If you don't like other peoples music taste then keep that opinion to yourself please. No one cares if you think that it's for "homosexuals"

coverton341: I don't see how you like tool and in flames if you don't like Metallica. Ok you don't like them but they are one of the major influences of every good Metal band.

I personally cannot wait for this. The only reason I haven't bought WT yet is because I'm waiting for this :)

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:10:16 PM

Metallica was my favorite band for the longest time. Im done defending them though. Its like watching Michael Jordan playing for the Wizards. They just dont have it anymore. Love the old stuff but they gotta retire.

SarahPalin...? Really? Check out All Shall Perish or Unearth or even Between the Buried and Me those bands have waay more musical skill than the looped tracks of Rap and Hip Hop.


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djjake
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 7:23:57 PM

sarahpalinmilf is clearly a "homosexual" himself, listening to something to heavy makes him cry and run to the spice girls...

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Loogs
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 12:56:03 PM

I'm glad SarahPalinMILF considers image a large part of his/her musical choice. Last time I checked, I listened to music with my ears, not my eyes. There's no need to defend the metal genre to someone who is this closed-minded. One thing's for sure; the world will never run out of ignorant people! I guess your user name suits you well...

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 11:49:40 PM

@sarahpalinmilf
Go ahead and listen to all the country music you want (or do you listen to pop or rap?). I personally, will stick with the good music.

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Riku994
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:02:30 PM
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Im so excited for this (unlike my 2 predecessors here) cuz it's gunna be really hard and I'll actually have a challenge outside of GH3, GHWT is too easy except for Satch Boogie.

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SarahPalinMILF
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:20:19 PM
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METAL MUSIC SUCKS...NO IF ANDS OR BUTS...IT SUCKS

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N a S a H
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 3:00:43 PM

I really hope you get banned or deleted...

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:17:19 PM

SarahPalin...

What, In your opinion, is sooo much better than Metal?

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:09:37 PM

no!
u suck my misguided poor excuse of a human.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 11:51:15 PM

Sarahpalinmilf is just mad because everyone is dissing Elvis (his favorite artist).

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 2:27:08 PM
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So Metallica, who was so butt-hurt over the same people downloading their songs, now wants us to buy their game? No thanks.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:11:52 PM

It does make sense. You wouldn't work for free...would you?

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:15:05 PM

So Metallica, who was so butt-hurt over the same people downloading their songs, now wants us to buy their game? No thanks----



DOWNLOADING THIER SONGS ILLEGALY....
get ur facts strait... would you go to work for free....
tada...
i win

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bearbobby
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 3:27:37 PM
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Hmmm, can everyone say "Let's milk this f***er for all it's worth?"

Regardless of your personal feelings toward Metallica, isn't it a bit ridiculous that they're starting to release stand alone "games" for bands rather than just offering the album tracks and character models for download?

I also somewhat agree with WorldEndsWithMe regarding their attitude towards fans.

I wonder what the non-Metallica "filler" songs are gonna be.

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:07:58 PM

I'd laugh my ass off if it was filled with some Megadeth, seeing as they dont really care for each other! lol

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:17:34 PM

lol mettalica is one of the few bands that wont have filler songs...

except for thier stuff from grage inc. when they re-recored other songs...

i hope so what is on here

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 9:24:55 PM

@ giant123

"non-Metallica filler songs"

Like the Joan Jett, etc. in GH Aerosmith.

Also, please take a little more care when you post.

Last edited by Fane1024 on 12/17/2008 9:26:18 PM

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 11:53:48 PM

The leader of Megadeth was in Metallica shortly, and YES they're still friends.

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:09:20 PM
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I know my sister in-law's bro is getting this, so I'll just see how it is from him playing. I may or may not get it. Im more of a Megadeth fan anyway, but I still cant say no to Metallica.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:13:09 PM
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Its gonna sell. PERIOD. Id only buy it if it were GH: PANTERA-CFH!!!

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Mightynemesis
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:28:00 PM
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Hell yeah i LOVE Metallica.. SaranMariahMilf F*** U i like Metal i got my hair long & i dont look like a homosexual & Metal is better than RAP HIP HOP & that other sh** out there

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:19:52 PM

man u got it!
uve been enlightend!
metal owns all!
any 1 that dosent agree.... F*** YOU!

\m/

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Naga
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:44:17 PM
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Metallica aren't that great anymore I'm more into Epic/Folk Metal bands like Manowar,Dragonforce,Alestorm,Blind Guardian and the mighty Rhapsody of Fire why can't Activision release a guitar Hero like this?

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:54:00 PM

Check out Jason Becker and read his story. He would rip Dragon Force's guitarists balls off.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 11:56:41 PM

You also can't forget Dave Mustaine. He may be the fastest guitar player of all time...

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:46:30 PM
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This whole article just went from bad to worse with just a few bad apples. It's a shame. I appreciate Metallica, and I am an avid 11 year Guitarist thanks to them. They inspired me. Much like other bands out there. It'll be cool to see this game, and I will definitely have it day 1.

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Wage SLAVES
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 4:56:12 PM

I was too! I always wanted to be like Kirk! They just disappointed too often. I was still defending in the midst of St. Anger...dark times. I still rock on everything Black album and before!

Last edited by Wage SLAVES on 12/16/2008 4:56:42 PM

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 7:33:52 PM

@ Wage SLAVES:
They don't disappoint to much. They do what they do best, and that's make music. Hell, I'd give up my whole gaming life to be able to produce one of their albums, including St.Anger, if it meant I could show off my talents and love for music. It's a dream, but it'd surely be a deal of a life time.

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:23:24 PM

james is better that kirk in my opinion...
(b4 u say anything i am also a guitarist)
his rythm guitar riffs are sumtimes cooler sounding and harder to play than kirks leads...

i wonder what metallica whoulda sounded like if they had staid with dave mustang as thier guitarist....

\m/

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 9:16:23 PM

I'll agree to that. Metallica doesn't exist with out him (James). I always thought Kirk was cooler as a kid. Then I found out Jason Becker...I too play guitar and can barely play SERRANA at 1/2 speed.

I just dislike Lars' attitude now. He seems snobby.

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Fabi
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 8:21:19 PM
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I agree, death to metallica.

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DIsmael85
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:15:58 PM

Wow we obviously need some moderation here, this is getting way out of hand. Grow up folks.

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Mightynemesis
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 8:56:54 PM
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Fabi FU death to u

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Deleted User
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:21:45 PM
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Now this will kick ass.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:46:07 PM
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Take it easy, everyone. This doesn't need to turn into a Metallica debate; stay focused on the game, please.

...and for the record, metal DOES rule. ;)

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Reccaman18
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:48:48 PM

\m/

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:23:57 PM

\m/

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 11:59:41 PM

You said it Ben!!

Last edited by somethingrandom on 12/18/2008 12:00:09 AM

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Mightynemesis
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 9:54:42 PM
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see even Ben likes Metal \m/ Metallica & Megadeth FTW!!!!!

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Jed
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 12:04:18 AM
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I have always loved metallica, I am pretty excited about this game too.

And Death magnetiC is badass.

SarahPalinMilf is just an idiot trying to start a fight.

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giant123
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 3:24:56 PM
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death magnetic is bringing metallica back.

YES!!!! \m/

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Wage SLAVES
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 9:13:51 PM
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I blame BOB ROCK...ewwe! He was a pansy to begin with. They've got the talent. And I agree. This game could be filled to the brim with all of their good stuff. I just like the thrashy stuff more than the poppy type of metal they play now. Thats all.

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somethingrandom
Thursday, December 18, 2008 @ 12:04:20 AM
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They would have been an INVINCIBLE band under these two conditions: They didn't fire Dave Mustaine (he has said that he wishes Metallica would have told him to go to AA), and If Cliff Burton never died (the bass solo Anesthesia in Kill 'Em All kicked ass).

This is just new news? The Wikipedia article has been saying it would release Q1 2009 for a while...

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Jed
Friday, December 19, 2008 @ 1:40:00 AM

This is the first official announcement about the game by the people making it.

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