Guitar Hero: Metallica
Guitar Hero: Metallica
Release date(s)
March 29, 2009
Music video game
Single-player, multiplayer
Blu-ray (PS3), DVD (PS2/Xbox 360/PC/Mac), Wii Optical Disc (Wii)
Input methods
Guitar controller, Microphone, drum controller, gamepad, Wii controller

Guitar Hero: Metallica is a game in the Guitar Hero series that's based around the band Metallica. It was released on March 29th, 2009 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. It was released for the PlayStation 2 on April 14th, 2009. UK Release of all versions was 29th May 2009. Some UK stores (Chips) gave away Metallica Faceplates with the PS3, X360 and Wii Solus versions. This faceplate only fits the pene. Also available in the UK is a solo guitar bundle, containing the game, a World Tour guitar and separate Metallica faceplate.


Just like in World Tour, the player is able to play guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Four players can play full band. There is 49 songs total, 28 which will be Metallica and the other 21 will be guest acts. Some of these songs (all of the Metallica songs) were exportable to other Guitar Hero games. This is the first game in the series to support Expert+, a new difficulty for drums. It allows players to use double bass kick pedals. All features that were available in Guitar Hero World Tour are available along with some new ones. The "Death Magnetic" is playable to those who downloaded it for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The Wii and PlayStation 2 versions of the game include "Broken, Beat & Scarred", "Cyanide", and "My Apocalypse" since they are not compatible with the Death Magnetic download.

The display has changed slightly, with a new 'Star Meter' to the right of the play area. It shows how many stars you have, and how close you are to the next star. The Note Streak display has also been moved to the right of the play area.

On commencing Career Mode, a cutscene is shown of Metallica walking onto stage, accompanied by "The Ecstasy of Gold" then straight into "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and "The Unforgiven"

Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister from Motörhead and King Diamond are unlocked for players to select after their respective songs have been completed.

Members of Metallica are unlocked upon completion of their respective careers: Kirk for guitar, James for vocals, Robert for bass and Lars for drums.

Metallica roadie Zach Harmon is unlocked upon completion of Band career. Zach Harmon is the guy who gives James his guitar before playing "The Unforgiven".


Inspired after playing a Metallica concert, the player(s) start a band. After playing some songs and working their way up to fortune, they open for Metallica, while competing with an '80s glam rock band called The Poseurs.


Main article: Setlist in Guitar Hero: Metallica

The game includes 28 songs by Metallica, and 21 guest acts by bands which Metallica favored, inspired them, etc. In addition, user created songs could be downloaded, as well as created. Also, DLC could still be purchased. However, as of 2014, songs can no longer be downloaded.

Group Members[]

Metallica band members

Former Members

  • Dave Mustaine - lead guitar, backing vocals (1981-1983)
  • Ron McGovney - bass, backing vocals (1981-1982)
  • Cliff Burton - bass, backing vocals (1983-1986)
  • Jason Newsted - bass, backing vocals (1986-2003)


  • Metallica played every song in the game using motion capture suits.
  • The cover art of the original pre-order versions misspelled "Lynyrd Skynyrd" as "Lynyrd Skynrd." This was fixed in the later releases.
  • A CGI version of late original Metallica bassist Cliff Burton who died in a bus accident sadly never appeared in the game.[1]

Late Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton sadly never appeared as a CGI playable character avatar in Guitar Hero: Metallica.


  • Unlike other Guitar Hero games, Guitar Hero: Metallica and Guitar Hero: Aerosmith are the only games rated M in Australia instead of the usual PG Rating (except Band Hero which is rated G).



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Games of Guitar Hero
Main series
Guitar Hero - Guitar Hero II - Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock - Guitar Hero World Tour - Guitar Hero 5 - Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock - Guitar Hero Live
Band-related games
Guitar Hero: Aerosmith - Guitar Hero: Metallica - Guitar Hero: Van Halen
Spin-off games
Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s - Guitar Hero: Smash Hits - Band Hero
Guitar Hero Air Guitar Rocker - Guitar Hero Carabiner - Guitar Hero 2nd Edition Carabiner - Guitar Hero Arcade
On Tour series
Guitar Hero: On Tour - Guitar Hero On Tour: Decades - Guitar Hero On Tour: Modern Hits
Mobile games
Guitar Hero Mobile - Guitar Hero III Backstage Pass - Guitar Hero World Tour Mobile - Guitar Hero (iOS) - Guitar Hero 5 (Android) - Guitar Hero 6 (Android) - Guitar Hero Live
Guitar Hero I & II Dual Pack (PS2) - Guitar Hero II & Aerosmith Dual Pack (Xbox 360) - Guitar Hero: On Tour & On Tour: Decades Box Set (NDS) - Guitar Hero III & Aerosmith Dual Pack (Wii)
Community mods
Guitar Hero Three Control Panel (GH3/GH:A PC) - GH3+ (GH3 PC) - Guitar Hero II Deluxe (GH2 PS2/Xbox 360) - Guitar Hero World Tour: Definitive Edition (GHWT PC) - Guitar Hero Deluxe (GH1 PS2)