One of the best, if not the best, bands in the world. The band was formed in the early 80s, by James Hetfeild and Lars Ulrich. Metallica's presents members consist of James Hetfeild
(vocals and rythm guitar) Kirk Hammett
(lead guitar) Rob Trujillo
(bass guitar) and Lars Ulrich
(Drums and percussion).
The original members of Metallica were James Hetfeiled (vocals and bass) Dave Mustane (lead guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums and percussion).
Before the bands first Album "Kill 'em All" was produced, Dave Mustane was kicked out of the band and replaced with Kirk Hammett. Mustane later formed mega death
Cliff Burton took over Hetfeilds part on bass. During a tour of "Master of Puppets", the bands 3rd Album, Metallica's tour bus, rolled over off the road, killing Cliff Burton.
Random Fact: There is some controversey over Cliff Burtons death however. It is not known whether the bus itself rolling on top of Burton is what killed him. It is rumored that when a picker truck was lifting the bus off of Burton, the line broke, causing the bus to fall back on Cliff Burton.
After the unfortunate death of Cliff Burton, there was a major decrease in the "metal" value of Metallica's music. Many songs had much "deeper" meanings. Heavily distorted guitars seemed to be fading more and more.
The next bassist for metallica was Jason Newstead, an incredible bass player. His true talents were never fully unleashed however because of the major rejection of him from the other members. Jason soon after left the band, and was replaced placed with Rob Trujillo.
Random Fact: Finding the next bassist was not an easy or quick task. For one Metallica Album "St. Anger", Metallica's record producer Bob Rock filled on bass. In 2002 Trujillo was found.
Through the time of Metallica 19 records have been released, and a new one is expected Fall 2007.
A complete list of albums:
Kill 'Em All Released in 1983
Ride The Lightning Released in 1984
Master Of Puppets Released in 1986
...And Justice For All Released in 1988
Black Album Released in 1990
Load Released in 1996
Re-Load Released in 1997
Garage Inc. Released in 1998
S&M Released in 1999
St. Anger Released in 2003
Cliff 'Em All Released in 1987
2 of One Released in 1989
A year and a half in the life of Metallica Released in 1992
Live Shit Binge and Purge Released in 1993
Cunning Stunts Released in 1998
S&M Released in 2000
Metallica Classic Albums Released in 2001
Metallica - Dark Souls Released in 2003
Some Kind Of Monster Released in 2005