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Attention! The album known sometimes as The Black Album is already in this database, it is correctly named simply Metallica. This is because The Black Album is only a fan-composed name. Please do not add it or rename it.

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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 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 Anthrax, Megadeth, 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 Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (2016), which demonstrated examples from some of the different musical styles that the band has dabbled in throughout its career.

Metallica has released ten studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, 26 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 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. 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 promoting Hardwired... to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016.

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Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 2013-07-06: Rosklide Festival, Roskilde, Denmark Metallica 1
2013 2013-12-08: Carlini Argentine Base, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica Metallica 2
2014 2014-03-16: Parque Simon Bolivar, Bogota, Columbia Metallica 1
2014 2014-05-12: MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit Concert: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA Metallica 1
2014 2014-05-28: Sonisphere: Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki, Finland Metallica 1
2014 2014-06-28: Glastallica: Glastonbury, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK Metallica 1
2014 By Request: June 6, 2014 - Nuremberg, Germany - Zeppelinfeld @ Rock Im Park Metallica 1
2015 San Francisco, CA-February 9, 2015 Metallica 1
2015 2010-09-21: CBS Canterbury Arena, Christchurch, New Zealand Metallica 1
2015 2010-10-13: Vector Arena, Auckland, New Zealand Metallica 1
2015 2015-05-29: Rock im Revier: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany Metallica 1
2015 2015-09-16: Centre Videotron, Quebec City, QC, Canada Metallica 1
2015 2015-09-19: Rock in Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Metallica 1
2015 2015-02-09: Pier 48, San Francisco, CA Metallica 1
2016 Too Heavy 4 Halftime Metallica 1
2016 Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, Metallica! Metallica 1
2016 1994-08-13: Woodstock '94: Saugerties, NY, USA Metallica 1
2016 2016-08-20: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN, USA Metallica 1
2016 2016-11-29: Live At Opera House In Toronto, Canada Metallica 1
1982-10-18: Old Waldorf, San Francisco, CA, USA Metallica 1
1983-12-18: Agora Ballroom, Cleveland, OH, USA Metallica 1
1984-12-20: Lyceum, London, UK Metallica 3
1985-08-17: Donington Park, Donington, UK Metallica 1
1986-05-24: Arena Building, Cape Girardeau, MO, USA Metallica 1
1986-07-29: UTC Arena, Chattanooga, TN, USA Metallica 2
1987-02-13: Frölundaborg, Gothenburg, Sweden Metallica 2
1989-02-03: Erwin Events Center, Austin, TX, USA Metallica 2
1992-07-18: Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ, USA Metallica 1
1994-06-17: County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY, USA Metallica 3
1995-08-23: London Astoria II, London, UK Metallica 1
2004-03-13: Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas, NV, USA Metallica 1
2011-04-23: The Big Four, Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA, USA Metallica 1
Dynamo Open Air '99 Metallica 1
Live Shit (Bootleg version of Live Shit: Binge & Purge) Metallica 1
Metallica Live in Concert Metallica 1

Album + Soundtrack + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 Through the Never Metallica 7


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 3
1988 Eye of the Beholder Metallica 4 1
1988 One Metallica 4.5 12
1991 The Unforgiven Metallica 5 4
1991 Enter Sandman Metallica 5 3
1991 Sad but True Metallica 4 5
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 Until It Sleeps Metallica 3 6
1997 The Memory Remains Metallica 3 5
1997 The Unforgiven II Metallica 3 9
1998 Fuel Metallica 4 4
1998 Turn the Page Metallica 4 7
1998 Whiskey in the Jar Metallica 4 5
1999 Die, Die My Darling Metallica 3.5 2
2000 No Leaf Clover Metallica 4 2
2003 St. Anger Metallica 2.5 9
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
2016 Hardwired Metallica 1
2016 Moth Into Flame Metallica 1
2016 Atlas, Rise! Metallica 1

Single + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 The Unforgiven Metallica 1

Single + Live + Demo

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Sad but True Metallica 1

Single + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Live at Wembley Stadium Metallica 1
1996 King Nothing Metallica 1
1999 Whiskey in the Jar Metallica 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 I Disappear Metallica 4 3


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited Metallica 5 8
1990 Creeping Death / Jump in the Fire Metallica 4 5
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
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
1998 Live and Dangerous Metallica 1

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