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Metallica

Metallica

Metallica Biography

Biography

Metallica are an American metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in The Recycler. Metallica’s line-up originally consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Dave Mustaine. Mustaine was later fired due to problems with alcoholism and drug addiction - he went on to form the band Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett took his place. Metallica has been through several bassists, including Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus crash while the band was on tour), and Jason Newsted. The current bassist is Robert Trujillo, who joined in 2003. Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal sub-genre alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with 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 several artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band’s copyright-protected material for free without the band members’ consent. 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 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 process of St. Anger. Metallica has released nine studio albums, two live albums, two EPs, twenty-two music videos, and forty-four singles. The band has won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making Metallica the only band ever to do so. The band’s 1991 album, Metallica, has sold over 15 million copies in the United States, and 22 million copies worldwide, which makes it the 25th-highest-selling album in the country. The band has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide as of the release of their latest album Death Magnetic. As of September 2008, Metallica is the fourth highest-selling music artist since the SoundScan era began tracking sales on May 25, 1991, selling a total of 51,136,000 albums in the United States alone. Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009. Metallica organised a brand new festival. They called it Sonishpere. Several cities in Europe were chosen by the band.

Metallica Metal Albums

Metallica Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and [...]

Master of Puppets Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese exclusive reissue of 1986 album, packaged in a miniature LP gatefold sleeve, features 8 tracks. CBS. 2003.One of the defining albums of thrash metal, Master of [...]

...And Justice for All Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and [...]

Ride the Lightning Thumbnail Image
★★★★★

Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and [...]

Death Magnetic Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

One of the most influential bands in music, ranked eighth on the list of the biggest-selling groups in history, Metallica unveils its ninth studio album, Death [...]

Kill 'Em All Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese only SHM pressing. The SHM-CD format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and [...]

S&M Thumbnail Image
★★★★½

Japanese-only double SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this album from the Bay-Area Metal legends, originally released in 1999. SHM-CDs can be played [...]

Garage, Inc. Thumbnail Image
★★★★☆

Limited Edition Japanese double disc pressing of this 1999 album by the Heavy Metal giants comes housed in a sturdy miniature LP sleeve. Mercury. 2006This double-disc, [...]

Load Thumbnail Image
★★★½☆

Japanese exclusive reissue of 1996 album, packaged in a miniature LP gatefold sleeve, features 14 racks. CBS. 2003.With Load, Metallica takes a dramatic left turn with their [...]

Reload Thumbnail Image
★★★½☆

Japanese-only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this classic album from the Bay-Area Metal legends, originally released in 1997. SHM-CDs can be played [...]

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