List of songs in Guitar Hero: Metallica
Guitar Hero: Metallica is the third spinoff title of the Guitar Hero video game series. The game focuses on the band Metallica, the second title in the series to focus on a specific band after the series' previous Guitar Hero: Aerosmith. The full setlist for the game for all platforms contains 49 songs, 28 from the band, and 21 others from bands that are "their personal favorites and influences from over the years". The PlayStation 2 and Wii versions of the game include three tracks from Death Magnetic, which was otherwise available as downloadable content for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 users. The whole Death Magnetic album was later released on Wii as Guitar Hero 5 downloadable content in November 2009.
Guitar Hero: Metallica features a "full band" mode similar to Guitar Hero World Tour that allows for up to four players to play lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and vocals. Players can play alone or with others both locally and online in competitive and cooperative game modes. In any mode, players attempt to match notes on instrument controllers as indicated by scrolling notes on-screen in order to score points and prevent the song from ending in failure. To match notes, lead and bass guitar players hold down fret buttons while strumming on the controller, drum players strike the matching drum pads on the drum controller, and vocalists attempt to match pitch with the song. Songs can be played in a Career mode in both single player and band modes to work through the song list below, or players may play any song using the game's Quickplay feature.
The setlist has been well received by critics, stating that the setlist reads like "the quintessential 'Best Of' track list for the band". Matt Helgeson of Game Informer reviewed the soundtrack as "the best hit to miss ratio of any music game to date".
The following list is the complete setlist of songs featured in the game, including the year of release of the song according to the game, the song name, the artist, and the song's placement in the band Career mode. All songs are based on master recordings, in two cases, specifically re-recorded for the game. In the game's Career mode, songs are presented sequentially in tiers representing both real and fictional venues. To access each subsequent tier, the players must accumulate a number of stars from available songs; completing a song rewards the players with up to five stars based on their overall performance. Tiers are arranged in approximate difficulty, which varies between the single player instrument careers and the band career modes, with later tiers representing more difficult songs. Thirty-nine of the songs are exportable into Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock for a small fee.
|Year||Song title||Artist||Band Career Tier/Venue||Exportable|
|2008||"Ace of Spades"[C]||Motörhead||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1994||"Albatross"||Corrosion of Conformity||4. Hammersmith Apollo||No|
|2008||"All Nightmare Long"+||Metallica||5. Damaged Justice Tour||No[D]|
|1982||"Am I Evil?"||Diamond Head||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|1980||"Armed and Ready"+||Michael Schenker Group||4. Hammersmith Apollo||No|
|1986||"Battery"+||Metallica||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|2007||"Beautiful Mourning"+||Machine Head||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|2008||"The Black River"||The Sword||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|2004||"Blood and Thunder"+||Mastodon||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|1976||"The Boys Are Back in Town"||Thin Lizzy||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|2008||"Broken, Beat & Scarred"+[A]||Metallica||9. The Stone Nightclub||No[D]|
|1984||"Creeping Death"+||Metallica||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|2008||"Cyanide"+[A]||Metallica||9. The Stone Nightclub||No[D]|
|1994||"Demon Cleaner"||Kyuss||2. Tushino Air Field||Yes|
|1986||"Disposable Heroes"+||Metallica||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|1988||"Dyers Eve"+||Metallica||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|1991||"Enter Sandman"||Metallica||3. Metallica at Tushino||Yes|
|2008||"Evil"[C]+||Mercyful Fate||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|1984||"Fade to Black"+||Metallica||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|1984||"Fight Fire With Fire"+||Metallica||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|1984||"For Whom the Bell Tolls"||Metallica||1. The Forum||Yes|
|2003||"Frantic"||Metallica||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1997||"Fuel"+||Metallica||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1978||"Hell Bent for Leather"+||Judas Priest||5. Damaged Justice Tour||No|
|1983||"Hit the Lights"||Metallica||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1996||"King Nothing"||Metallica||3. Metallica at Tushino||Yes|
|1986||"Master of Puppets"+||Metallica||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|1997||"The Memory Remains"||Metallica||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|1998||"Mercyful Fate"||Metallica||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|1998||"Mommy's Little Monster" (Live)||Social Distortion||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1986||"Mother of Mercy"||Samhain||2. Tushino Air Field||Yes|
|2008||"My Apocalypse"+[A]||Metallica||9. The Stone Nightclub||No[D]|
|1994||"No Excuses"[B]||Alice in Chains||2. Tushino Air Field||No|
|1999||"No Leaf Clover"||Metallica||3. Metallica at Tushino||Yes|
|1991||"Nothing Else Matters"||Metallica||3. Metallica at Tushino||Yes|
|1988||"One"+||Metallica||5. Damaged Justice Tour||Yes|
|1986||"Orion"[E]+||Metallica||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|1991||"Sad but True"[B]||Metallica||3. Metallica at Tushino||Yes|
|1983||"Seek & Destroy"[B]||Metallica||6. The Meadowlands||Yes|
|1988||"The Shortest Straw"+||Metallica||7. Donington Park||Yes|
|1999||"Stacked Actors"||Foo Fighters||4. Hammersmith Apollo||No|
|1974||"Stone Cold Crazy"[B]||Queen||6. The Meadowlands||No|
|1986||"The Thing That Should Not Be"||Metallica||8. The Ice Cave||Yes|
|2001||"Toxicity"||System of a Down||4. Hammersmith Apollo||No|
|1973||"Tuesday's Gone"||Lynyrd Skynyrd||2. Tushino Air Field||Yes|
|1976||"Turn the Page" (Live)||Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band||2. Tushino Air Field||Yes|
|1991||"The Unforgiven"||Metallica||1. The Forum||Yes|
|1990||"War Ensemble"+||Slayer||7. Donington Park||No|
|1990||"War Inside My Head"||Suicidal Tendencies||5. Damaged Justice Tour||No|
|1986||"Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"+||Metallica||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|1991||"Wherever I May Roam"+||Metallica||4. Hammersmith Apollo||Yes|
|1983||"Whiplash"+||Metallica||7. Donington Park||Yes|
- A These songs are exclusive to PlayStation 2 and Wii game disks. Available as downloadable content on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3
- B These songs are included on the game's demo on the Xbox 360
- C These songs were re-recorded by the original artist for use in the game
- D Not available as part of the Guitar Hero: Metallica export package but is available as downloadable content for the Guitar Hero series (compatible with Guitar Hero III, Guitar Hero World Tour, Guitar Hero 5, Band Hero and Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock)
- E Song does not contain Vocal section
- ^+ Song contains both a single and double bass drums chart
Although no new downloadable content was released for the game, PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 players who purchased playable tracks from Metallica's Death Magnetic album for Guitar Hero World Tour and Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock through either the PlayStation Store or Xbox Live Marketplace had these tracks incorporated into Guitar Hero: Metallica, with the exclusion of "All Nightmare Long" which can be played after completing 5 of the 9 tiers. These tracks become available in Career mode after completing the credits stage, "The Ice Cave." These songs are played in "The Stone Nightclub" venue. The game supports new song creation and sharing through the "GHTunes" music service (for PlayStation 3, Wii and Xbox 360 only) common to both World Tour and Metallica.
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