Garage, Inc. is a cover/compilation album by the American thrash metal band Metallica. It was released on November 23, 1998 through Elektra Records. Over 2.5 million copies have been sold in the U.S. as certified by the RIAA. It includes cover songs, B-side covers, and The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited, which had gone out of print since its original release in 1987. The title is a combination of Garage Days Revisited and their song "Damage, Inc.", from Master of Puppets, and the album's artwork draws heavily from the 1987 EP. The album features songs by artists that have influenced Metallica, including many bands from the new wave of British heavy metal movement, hardcore punk bands and popular songs. As of August 2013 the album has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide.
Rolling Stone (12/10/98, print edition, p. 122) - 4 Stars (out of 5) -"Gloriously hard as the album is, you can't miss Metallica's good natured side coming through."
Entertainment Weekly (12/18/98, p. 84) - "We'll have to wait until Metallica's next 'proper' album to find out if this trip to the garage recharges their batteries. Still, all things considered, Garage Inc. is an intermittently exhilarating joyride." - Rating: B−
CMJ (12/21/98, p. 29) - "Those who still relate to the adolescent angst of the 'Metallicas' earliest days will find plenty to like on Garage Inc."
In 2005, the album was ranked number 500 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.
"Last Caress/Green Hell" contains a parody of Iron Maiden's song "Run to the Hills" at the end. Iron Maiden responded to this on a B-side cover of the Montrose song titled "Space Station No. 5"
"Am I Evil?" and "Blitzkrieg" were initially B-sides to the International "Creeping Death" single and were also bonus tracks on the 1988 Elektra reissue of their first album, Kill 'Em All; they have since been removed from that album (together these covers were known as Garage Days Revisited).
In the U.S., Garage Inc. sold 426,500 units in the first week of release, making Metallica's fourth straight debut surpassing 400,000 copies. Still, the million-plus record breaking debut of Garth Brooks' Double Live made Garage Inc. land only at second on the Billboard 200. As of 2003 the album has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been certified 5× Platinum.
Like the three preceding studio albums, Garage Inc. in North America during its opening week.