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Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to form Megadeth) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first five albums. The band's third album, Master of Puppets (1986), was described as one of the heaviest and most influential thrash metal albums; its eponymous fifth album, Metallica (1991), the band's first to root predominantly in heavy metal, appealed to a more mainstream audience, achieving substantial commercial success and selling over 16 million copies in the United States to date, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. After experimenting with different genres and directions in subsequent releases, the band returned to its thrash metal roots with the release of its ninth album, Death Magnetic (2008), which drew similar praise to that of the band's earlier albums.

In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent; after reaching a settlement, Napster became a pay-to-use service in 2003. Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film Some Kind of Monster, which documented the troubled production of the band's eighth album, St. Anger (2003), and the internal struggles within the band at the time. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, in which the band performed live against a fictional thriller storyline.

Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos. The band has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, and its last six studio albums (beginning with Metallica) have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million albums worldwide as of 2018. Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone, which ranked them at no. 61 on its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. 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 United States.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Whiplash Metallica 4 1
1984 Creeping Death Metallica 5 5
1984 Jump in the Fire Metallica 2.5 1
1986 Master of Puppets Metallica 5 1
1988 Harvester of Sorrow Metallica 5 4
1988 …and Justice for All Metallica 5 1
1988 Eye of the Beholder Metallica 4 1
1988 One Metallica 4.5 12
1991 Enter Sandman Metallica 5 4
1991 The Unforgiven Metallica 5 5
1991 Enter Sandman / Calling Elvis Metallica / Dire Straits 1
1991 Sad but True Metallica 4 6
1992 Wherever I May Roam Metallica 4 5
1992 Nothing Else Matters Metallica 5 6
1996 King Nothing Metallica 3 1
1996 Hero of the Day Metallica 3 5
1996 Mama Said Metallica 2 3
1996 King Nothing Metallica 1
1996 Until It Sleeps Metallica 3 6
1997 The Memory Remains Metallica 3 5
1997 The Unforgiven II Metallica 3 9
1997 Bleeding Me Metallica 1
1998 Better Than You Metallica 1
1998 Fuel Metallica 4 4
1998 Turn the Page Metallica 4 8
1998 Whiskey in the Jar Metallica 4 6
1999 Die, Die My Darling Metallica 3.5 2
2003 St. Anger Metallica 2.5 9
2003 Frantic Metallica 4 11
2003 Master of Puppets (Dylan remix) Metallica 1
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
2016 Hardwired Metallica 1
2016 Moth Into Flame Metallica 1
2016 Atlas, Rise! Metallica 1
2017 Spit Out the Bone Metallica 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 No Leaf Clover Metallica 4 4

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 I Disappear Metallica 4 5


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Power Metal Metallica 1
1983 Dave ’Em All Metallica 1
1987 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Metallica 4.5 13
1990 Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire Metallica 4 7
1990 Harvester Of Sorrow / One / Breadfan Metallica 1
1996 Hero of the Day EP Metallica 1
2003 St. Anger Metallica 1
2003 Plays the Ramones Metallica 1
2003 Some Kind of Monster Metallica 3
2003 The Unnamed Feeling E.P. Metallica 3
2011 Beyond Magnetic Metallica 5

EP + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Live at Wembley Stadium Metallica 3
1998 Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition Metallica 1
1999 S&M Sampler 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
2010 Six Feet Down Under EP, Part II Metallica 1
2012 The 30th Anniversary Celebration Metallica 1
2003-05-01: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA, USA Metallica 1
2009-04-04: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cleveland, OH, USA Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 Megaforce Demo Metallica 1
1983 KUSF Metallica 1
1990 In Vertigo you will be Metallica 1
2004 2004-11-17: American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX Metallica 1
2013 Through the Never (movie) Metallica 1
Fight Fire With Fire Metallica 1
Horsemen of the Apocalypse Metallica 1
Language of the Mad Metallica 1
The Early Days - Recorded by Jimmy Rich Ardel Metallica 1

Other + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Halloween Metallica 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Interview Picture Disc: Limited Edition Metallica 1
1992 Stand Up and Shout Interview Metallica 2
Interview Metallica 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Loaded for Bear Metallica 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Four Horseman In Brooklyn Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Frantic Elektra Studio Live Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Rock Torhout (July 3, 1993) Metallica 1
European Tour 2009 Metallica 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 Enter Sandman (The Dirty Funker Remixes) Metallica 1

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