John Erikson writes "Metallica are one of the biggest rock bands on the globe and are basically an institution in the USA. Their hordes of fans have been clamoring for a Metallica Guitar Hero for the last year. Their wish has come true because the title ships in a couple of months. We were asked along to Activision to sample the head banging delights with the newest edition to the Guitar Hero franchise.
With Guitar Hero: Aerosmith already a success there was no need to radically change the design of the Metallica version. This means the game is focused not only around Metallica's music and style but other bands who influenced them as well as those influenced by them. Artists such as Queen, Slayer and Thin Lizzy grace the tracklist."