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Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band's albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

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 achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica (1991), 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 consent from any band member. 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 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, 26 music videos, and 37 singles. The band has won eight Grammy Awards and five 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. In 2012, Metallica formed the independent record label Blackened Recordings and took full ownership of its albums and videos. As of 2016, the band is in production of its tenth studio album, which is expected to be released later in the year.

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Albums

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    Kill ’em All
    1983
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    4.5
    Ride the Lightning
    1984
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    3. 6
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    5.8
    Master of Puppets
    1986
    1. 8
    2. 7
    3. 6
    4. 5
    5. 4
    6. 3
    7. 2
    8. 1
    The $9.98 C.D. Garage Days Re-Revisited + B Side & Demos
    1987
    1. 8
    2. 7
    3. 6
    4. 5
    5. 4
    6. 3
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    8. 1
    …and Justice for All
    1988
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    5.0
    Metallica
    1991
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    Load
    1996
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    Reload
    1997
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    Garage Inc.
    1998
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    St. Anger
    2003
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    Death Magnetic: Better, Shorter, Cut
    2008
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    Lulu
    2011
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    Live of Puppets
    2015

Other releases

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    Garage Days Revisited
    1986
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    Garage Days Re-Revisited
    1987
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    New Skulls for the Old Ceremony
    1992
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    The Other Side Of...
    1993
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    Covering 'em
    1994
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    Secret Demos
    1994
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    Ultra Rare Trax
    1995
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    The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re‐Revisited …and More
    1995
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    Tales From the Cliff
    1995
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    Garage Days 3
    1996
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    Garage Days, Part II
    1996
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    Garage Days Far Behind
    1997