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Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica was formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. The current line-up features founders Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ulrich (drums), longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined the band in 2003. Previous members of the band are lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who went on to found Megadeth, bassists Ron McGovney (demos only), Cliff Burton (the first three records, died in 1986), and Jason Newsted. The band also had a long collaboration with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of its albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

The band earned a growing fan-base in the underground music community and critical acclaim with its first four albums, with their third, Master of Puppets (1986), described as one of the most influential and "heavy" thrash metal albums. Metallica achieved substantial commercial success with their 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 any band member's consent. 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 process 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, 25 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the first band to do so. 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 fourth best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 53,642,000 albums in the United States alone.

In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings, and took ownership of all of their albums and videos.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1985-03-15: Kabuki Theater, San Francisco, CA, USA Live Metallica 1
1985-08-17: Donington Park, Donington, UK Live Metallica 1
1986-05-24: Arena Building, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA Live Metallica 1
1986-07-29: UTC Arena, Chattanooga, TN, USA Live Metallica 2
1987-02-13: Frölundaborg, Gothenburg, Sweden Live Metallica 2
1989-02-03: Erwin Events Center, Austin, TX, USA Live Metallica 1
1992-07-18: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA Live Metallica 1
1994-06-17: County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY, USA Live Metallica 3
1995-08-23: London Astoria II, London, UK Live Metallica 1
2004-03-13: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA Live Metallica 1
Dynamo Open Air '99 Live Metallica 1
Live Shit (Bootleg version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge) Live Metallica 1
Metallica Live in Concert Live Metallica 1
Quebec Magnetic Live Metallica 1

Album + Live + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 Through the Never Live Soundtrack Metallica 5


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Whiplash Metallica 4 1
1984 Creeping Death Metallica 5 4
1984 Jump in the Fire Metallica 2.5 1
1986 Master of Puppets Metallica 5 1
1988 Eye of the Beholder Metallica 4 1
1988 Harvester of Sorrow Metallica 5 3
1988 One Metallica 4.5 11
1991 The Unforgiven Metallica 5 3
1991 Enter Sandman Metallica 5 3
1991 Sad but True Metallica 4 5
1992 Wherever I May Roam Metallica 4 4
1992 Nothing Else Matters Metallica 5 5
1996 King Nothing Metallica 3 1
1996 Hero of the Day Metallica 3 5
1996 Mama Said Metallica 2 3
1996 Until It Sleeps Metallica 3 6
1997 The Memory Remains Metallica 3 4
1997 The Unforgiven II Metallica 3 9
1998 Turn the Page Metallica 4 5
1998 Fuel Metallica 4 3
1998 Whiskey in the Jar Metallica 4 5
1999 Die, Die My Darling Metallica 3.5 2
2000 No Leaf Clover Metallica 4 2
2000 I Disappear Metallica 4 2
2003 St. Anger Metallica 2.5 8
2003 Frantic Metallica 4 9
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


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1983 Cliff's First Show Metallica 1

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