From 1983 through 1986, the house at 3132 Carlson Boulevard, El Cerrito, California was home to James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Exodus manager and friend Mark Whitaker, and his dog Clive. The band wrote and rehearsed most of Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets in the home's garage. James, Lars, and Kirk Hammett returned to the house in 2016 where James remarked, "Thankfully, most of the things that went on in here are forgotten. But we had a lot of fun."
James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Kirk Hammett stand outside of the MetalliMansion, El Cerrito, CA, circa 1985. Photo: Harald Oimoen. From the Collection of James Hetfield
Photos of Lars Ulrich inside the MetalliMansion, circa 1984. From the Collection of Lars Ulrich
Photo of James Hetfield and friends on top of a car in front of the MetalliMansion, circa 1985. From the Collection of James Hetfield
Photos of James Hetfield playing around inside the MetalliMansion, circa 1985. From the Collection of James Hetfield