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Metallica (L-R): Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Robert Trujillo and James Hetfield

Heavy steel pioneers Metallica are being honoured with Sweden’s Polar Prize, one of the vital prestigious awards in music.

The band, greatest recognized for 1991’s Black Album, redefined the sound of steel with a more durable, sooner and extra abrasive tackle rock.

Polar Prize organisers mentioned the US band may rework “a teenage bedroom into a Valhalla”.

Metallica will obtain their £90,000 prize in Stockholm this June.

They’re the primary steel band to win the award, which has beforehand gone to the likes of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Chuck Berry and BB King.

The judges’ quotation for the band is value studying in its entirety:

The 2018 Polar Music Prize is awarded to the American band Metallica. Not since Wagner’s emotional turmoil and Tchaikovsky’s cannons has anybody created music that’s so bodily and livid, and but nonetheless so accessible. Through virtuoso ensemble taking part in and its use of extraordinarily accelerated tempos, Metallica has taken rock music to locations it had by no means been earlier than. In Metallica’s world, each a teenage bed room and a live performance corridor will be remodeled right into a Valhalla. The power of the band’s uncompromising albums has helped tens of millions of listeners to remodel their sense of alienation right into a superpower.

“It puts us in very distinguished company,” mentioned drummer Lars Ulrich of the award.

“It’s a great validation of everything that Metallica has done over the last 35 years. At the same time, we feel like we’re in our prime with a lot of good years ahead of us.”

Vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield added: “As myself and as Metallica I’m grateful to have this as part of our legacy, our history.”

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Metallica carried out at Reading + Leeds pageant in 2015

Formed in California, Metallica are one of many world’s greatest bands, promoting greater than 125 million albums over the past 30 years.

Their first 4 albums – Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and And Justice for All – are all thought of classics, but it surely was the Black Album that pushed them into the mainstream, producing the hit singles and set record staples Enter Sandman and Nothing Else Matters.

While their repute for sweaty, muscular rock music is well-earned, they’ve stretched their wings over time, recording a reside album with the San Francisco Symphony and a critically-mauled collaboration with Lou Reed.

Along the best way, they’ve confronted a number of devastating challenges, not least the dying of bassist Cliff Burton in a tour bus crash in 1986.

In 2004, the band launched a documentary, Some Kind of Monster, that uncovered deep tensions within the band – notably between Ulrich and Hetfield – which had been resolved by bringing in a efficiency coach to assist them work on their communication expertise.

Ten years later, they gave a triumphant (if uncompromising) efficiency as Glastonbury’s first heavy steel headliners.

They’ll obtain their 1 million kronor prize within the presence of the Swedish Royal household on 14 June.

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Media captionAt Afghanistan’s National Institute of Music pupils follow their singing

At the identical time, the Afghanistan National Institute Of Music and its founder Dr Ahmad Sarmast will obtain the Polar Prize for classical music.

ANIM focuses on supporting orphans, street-working youngsters and younger women – coaching them as singers and musicians, which had been vocations banned beneath the Taliban.

The Polar Music Prize was based in 1989 by the late Stig Anderson, supervisor of Swedish pop legends Abba.

It is called after his report label and recording studio advanced, Polar Music, the place Abba made most of their albums.

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