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Metallica

Band
1981 October / Present
United States United States

Overview

Members

James Hetfield (lead vocals, guitar)
1981 - Present
Lars Ulrich (percussion, drums)
1981 - Present
Kirk Hammett (guitar, background vocals)
1983 April - Present
Robert Trujillo (bass guitar, background vocals)
2003 February - Present
Jason Newsted (bass guitar, background vocals)
1986 - 2001
Cliff Burton (bass guitar, background vocals)
1982 - 1986 September
Dave Mustaine (guitar, background vocals)
1981 - 1983
Ron McGovney (bass guitar)
1982 - 1982

Discography

Studio Album

1983
Album has 38 releases
1984
Album has 36 releases
1986
Album has 39 releases
1988
Album has 20 releases
1991
Album has 19 releases
1996
Album has 12 releases
1997
Album has 10 releases
1998
Album has 7 releases
2003
Album has 17 releases
2008
Album has 22 releases
2011
Album has 6 releases
2016
Album has 15 releases

Single

1983
Album has 1 releases
1984
Album has 1 releases
1984
Album has 5 releases
1986
Album has 1 releases
1988
Album has 12 releases
1988
Album has 3 releases
1988
Album has 1 releases
1988
Album has 1 releases
1991
Album has 4 releases
1991
Album has 6 releases
1991
Album has 3 releases
1992
Album has 5 releases
1992
Album has 6 releases
1996
Album has 6 releases
1996
Album has 3 releases
1996
Album has 5 releases
1997
Album has 9 releases
1998
Album has 5 releases
1998
Album has 8 releases
1998
Album has 4 releases
1999
Album has 2 releases
2003
Album has 9 releases
2003
Album has 5 releases
2003
Album has 11 releases
2008
Album has 1 releases
2008
Album has 1 releases
2008
Album has 1 releases
2011
Album has 1 releases
2014
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases
2016
Album has 1 releases

EP

1990
Album has 1 releases
1990
Album has 6 releases
1996
Album has 1 releases
2003
Album has 3 releases
2003
Album has 3 releases
2011
Album has 5 releases

History

Metallica is an American metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California, United States when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in The Recycler. Metallica’s line-up originally consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine was later fired due to problems with alcoholism and drug addiction - he went on to form the band Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett took his place. Metallica has been through several bassists, including Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus crash while the band was on tour), and Jason Newsted. The current bassist is Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003.

Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal sub-genre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with Metallica (1991), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.

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