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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 150 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 January 2016, Metallica is the third-best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 59.12 million albums in the U.S. 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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Single + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1996 King Nothing 1
1999 Whiskey in the Jar 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title RatingReleases
2000 I Disappear 4 3


Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Dave ’Em All 1
1987 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited 5 8
1990 Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire 4 6
1990 Harvester Of Sorrow / One / Breadfan 1
1996 Hero of the Day EP 1
2003 St. Anger 1
2003 Some Kind of Monster 2
2003 The Unnamed Feeling E.P. 3
2010 Six Feet Down Under EP, Part II 1
2011 Beyond Magnetic 4

EP + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Live at Wembley Stadium 2
1998 Live in London: Antipodean Tour Edition 1
2000 The Garage Remains the Same 1
2007 2007-07-07: Live Earth, London, UK 1
2010 Six Feet Down Under EP 1
2003-05-01: San Quentin State Prison, San Quentin, CA, USA 1
2009-04-04: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, Cleveland, OH, USA 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1982 Power Metal 1
1983 Megaforce Demo 1
1983 KUSF 1
2003 Plays the Ramones 1
2013 Through the Never (movie) 1
Fight Fire With Fire 1
Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1
The Early Days - Recorded by Jimmy Rich Ardel 1

Other + Demo

Year Title RatingReleases
1993 Halloween 1

Other + Interview

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

Other + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1997 Loaded for Bear 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
1998 Live and Dangerous 1
2016 The Essential Metallica 1


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

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