On hearing the news, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, was quoted by the magazine as saying , “It gives me a very warm and fuzzy feeling that Kerrang! Magazine have voted Metallica as the band that most changed their lives. I remember the first issue of the magazine in 1981. I had made a pilgrimage to England because I was obsessed with the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. I travelled all over the country and that first issue accompanied me everywhere."
Metallica has had a strong fan-base who have supported them right from the beginning. Loyal fans was in fact one of the main reasons behind the band's success.