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Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band's albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums; the third album Master of Puppets (1986) was described as one of the most influential and heaviest thrash metal albums. Metallica achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album—also known as The Black Album—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. In 2000, Metallica was among a number of artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band's copyright-protected material for free without consent from any band member. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service. Despite reaching number one on the Billboard 200, the release of St. Anger (2003) alienated many fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the "steel-sounding" snare drum. A film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording of St. Anger and the tensions within the band during that time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Metallica has released nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and five of its albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band's eponymous 1991 album has sold over 16 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 110 million records worldwide. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by many magazines, including Rolling Stone, which ranked them 61st on its list of The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. As of December 2012, Metallica is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 54.26 million albums in the U.S. In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. As of 2015, the band is in production of its tenth studio album, slated to be released in 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 St. Anger Metallica 2.5 8
2003 Frantic Metallica 4 11
2003 The Unnamed Feeling Metallica 4 5
2008 The Day That Never Comes Metallica 5 2
2008 My Apocalypse Metallica 4 1
2008 Cyanide Metallica 3 1
2008 The Judas Kiss Metallica 4 1
2008 All Nightmare Long Metallica 4 5
2009 Broken, Beat & Scarred Metallica 3 3
2011 The View Lou Reed & Metallica 1 1
2014 Lords of Summer Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Metallica 7
1990 Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire Metallica 4 4
1990 Harvester Of Sorrow / One / Breadfan Metallica 1
1996 Hero of the Day EP Metallica 1
2003 St. Anger Metallica 1
2003 Some Kind of Monster Metallica 2
2004 The Unnamed Feeling E.P. Metallica 2
2010 Six Feet Down Under EP, Part II Metallica 1
2011 Beyond Magnetic Metallica 4

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Live at Wembley Stadium Metallica 2
1998 Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition Metallica 1
2000 The Garage Remains the Same Metallica 1
2007 2007-07-07: Live Earth, London, UK Metallica 1
2010 Six Feet Down Under EP Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Power Metal Metallica 1
1983 Megaforce Demo Metallica 1
2003 Plays the Ramones Metallica 1
2013 Through the Never (movie) Metallica 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Interview Picture Disc: Limited Edition Metallica 1
Interview Metallica 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 San Francisco, CA-March 15, 1985 Metallica 1
1992 Metallica Live-Los Angeles, CA September 27, 1992 Metallica 1
2015 San Francisco, CA-February 9, 2015 Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 No Life 'til Leather Metallica 6

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