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Metallica is an American heavy metal band based in San Rafael, California. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to form rivals Megadeth) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums; their third album Master of Puppets (1986) was described as one of the most influential and heaviest of thrash metal albums. The band expanded its musical direction and achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica (1991), which resulted in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience. The album was also their first to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, a success that they also achieved on their following five studio albums. In 2000, Metallica joined with other artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band's copyright-protected material without consent from the band. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service. The release of St. Anger (2003) alienated fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the "steel-sounding" snare drum, and a film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording of St. Anger and the tensions within the band during that time. The band returned to its original musical style with the release of Death Magnetic (2008), and in 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After touring for most of the next eight years, the band followed up with the double album Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016), which demonstrated examples from some of the different musical styles that the band has dabbled in throughout its career. To promote the album, the band released music videos for all 13 new songs on the deluxe edition of the album; prior to the album's release, the band had only released 26 music videos in their career.

Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 39 music videos and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and six 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 115 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 2017, Metallica is the third-best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums in the US. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced four of the band's studio albums between 1990 and 2003 and served as a temporary bassist during the production of St. Anger. In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. The band is currently touring to promote Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Kill ’em All Metallica 4.05 39
1984 Ride the Lightning Metallica 4.65 34
1986 Master of Puppets Metallica 4.75 39
1987 The $9.98 C.D. Garage Days Re-Revisited + B Side & Demos Metallica 1
1988 …and Justice for All Metallica 4.7 19
1990 In Vertigo you will be Metallica 1
1991 Metallica (“The Black Album”) Metallica 4.25 19
1996 Load Metallica 3.6 12
1997 Reload Metallica 3.6 10
1998 Garage Inc. Metallica 3.65 7
2003 St. Anger Metallica 3.2 17
2008 Death Magnetic Metallica 4.15 22
2011 Lulu Lou Reed & Metallica 1.85 6
2016 Hardwired… to Self‐Destruct Metallica 4.35 13

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1986 Garage Days Revisited Metallica 1
1992 New Skulls for the Old Ceremony Metallica 1
1993 Heavy Best Metallica 1
1993 The Other Side Of... Metallica 1
1994 Covering 'em Metallica 1
1994 Secret Demos Metallica 1
1995 Tales From the Cliff Metallica 1
1995 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re‐Revisited …and More Metallica 1
1995 Ultra Rare Trax Metallica 1
1996 Devil's Dance Metallica 1
1996 Garage Days 3 Metallica 1
1996 Garage Days, Part II Metallica 1
1996 Jump in the Fire / Creeping Death / Garage Days Re‐Revisited Metallica 1
1997 Garage Days Far Behind Metallica 1
1997 Load Your B-Sides Metallica 1
1997 Mandatory Metallica Metallica 1
1997 The Complete Garage Days... Metallica 3 1
1997 The Story So Far Metallica 1
1997 The Ultimate Rarities Metallica 1
1998 The Apocalypse Metallica 1
1998 Very Best '98 Metallica 1
1999 200% Ultra Hits Metallica 1
1999 Slashes, Crahses & Hits Metallica 1
2001 Never Released Metallica 1
2003 Riverside Studio 2003 Metallica 1
2006 The Videos: 1989–2004 Metallica 1
2006 The Golden Unplugged Album Metallica 1
2008 Greatest Hits Metallica 1
2008 Past Magnetic Metallica 1
2011 The Greatest Hits Metallica 1
2016 Kill/Ride Deluxe Edition 14-Track Sampler Metallica 1
2017 The Broadcast Archive Metallica 1
17 Years in the Life of Metallica Metallica 1
Best Ballads Metallica 2
Franticness Metallica 1
Garage Sessions, Volume 2 Metallica 1
Greatest Ballads Platinum Collection Metallica 1
In for the Kill ('82 Outtakes) Metallica 1
Metal Up Your Ass Metallica 1
Metallicaction Metallica 1
Metallurgy Metallica 1
Saint Anger Promo Metallica 1
Until the Studioshit Load Metallica 2

Album + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 No Life 'til Leather Metallica 6
1998 Fan Can #3 Metallica 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Cliff's First Show Metallica 1
1985 San Francisco, CA-March 15, 1985 Metallica 1
1985 1985-03-15: Kabuki Theater, San Francisco, CA, USA Metallica 6
1989 1989-05-13: Damaged Justice Tour '88-'89: Yoyogi Olympic Pool, Tokyo, Japan Metallica 1
1990 One Last Visit Metallica 1
1991 1984-12-20: The Man Is Dead: Lyceum Ballroom, London, UK Metallica 1
1991 1987-08-30: Creeping Death: Monsters of Rock, FCP Stadion, Pforzheim, West Germany Metallica 4 1
1991 San Francisco '85 Metallica 1
1991 Seek and Destroy Metallica 1
1992 Metallica Live-Los Angeles, CA September 27, 1992 Metallica 1
1992 1989-02-03: Texas 89: Veteran's Memorial, Austin, TX, USA Metallica 2
1992 1992-01: L.A. for a Fuckin' Beer Metallica 1
1992 1992-04-08: The Four Horsemen: East Rutherford, NJ, USA Metallica 1
1992 1992-04-14: Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada Metallica 3
1992 Live Before Death (Part One) Metallica 1
1992 Stone Cold Crazy Metallica 1
1993 Run With the Devil Metallica 1
1993 Live Shit: Binge & Purge Metallica 3.85 5
1993 15 Pieces Of Live Shit: Binge & Purge Metallica 1
1993 1993-06-05: Tearing Your Insides Out: Milton Keynes Bowl, UK Metallica 2
1993 Enter Sandman, Volume 2 Metallica 1
1993 Naughty, Volume 1 Metallica 1
1993 Satan Sort Them Metallica 1
1993 Total Destruction Metallica 1
1994 1987-02-08: Zwolle, Netherlands Metallica 2
1994 1993-05-28: No Limits, No Law: Gentofte Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark Metallica 1
1994 1994-08-13: Enter Mudman: Woodstock '94, Saugerties, NY, USA Metallica 1
1994 Live in Concert Metallica 1
1994 Texas 1989 Metallica 1
1995 1995-08-26: Monsters of Rock, Donington Park, Donington, UK Metallica 1
1995 Covering 'em, Volume II Metallica 1
1995 Escape From the Park Metallica 1
1996 Dying Time Is Here Metallica 1
1996 1996-09-15: Load and Roll Live: Palais Omnisport Paris Bercy, Paris, France Metallica 1
1996 Fan Can #1 Metallica 1
1997 1996-11-12: Cut the Crap: Prins Van Oranjehal, Utrecht, Netherlands Metallica 1
1997 1996-11-21: Live, Loud & Loaded: Gothenburg, Sweden Metallica 1
1997 1997-08-23: End of the Load: Blindman's Ball, Stuttgart, Germany Metallica 1
1997 Acoustic Metal Metallica 2
1997 Bay Area Thrashers: The Early Days Metallica 2
1997 Fan Can #2 Metallica 1

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