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Band who spearheaded the thrash metal movement at the start of the 80's but abandoned the genre of heavy metal at the start of the 90's and became the most pathetic sellouts in the history of music.

A money hungry midget named lar$,leader of the band,was sick of not getting mass credit for their work in the 80's and wanted to be a rock star and bob cock and him collectively raped the metal from the band and ever since the black album they have been a JOKE because of this.

Respect where due, all of their 80's albums range from decent to fucking brilliant but as people the band are assholes. James is all brawn no brains & Kirk Hammett is one of the girliest men I've ever seen from his voice down to his love of make up and nail polish, Jason Newsted and the new guy were 2 more puppets and they all had their strings pulled by Lar$, the typical midget with a chip on his shoulder.

The band from the black album on turned their back on metal and gave it a middle fingered salute. They viewed themselves as bigger than it and they wanted mass popularity which is NOT metal. They are probably the best examples of "a sellout" in the world of music. Abandoning the original vision and integrity for a different approach which is geared around mass popularity as opposed to doing things for the music.

The real truth why Lar$ and co decided to sellout out is that they'd used up all their ideas, all their Mustaine riffs and they'd tried being progressive on "...and justice for all" and died on their ass. They had 2 options. Proceed on trying to make better metal albums or use their big fanbase and a pop producer to produce a simple pop metal record which the chart fans will love.

James Hetfield was also seen around this time saying bands like Slayer and Exodus are "still doing the same old thing, we've progressed from that". Slowing your sound down, Softening it and making it more digestible is only progression towards one thing. Being a pop band.

Even in the 80's these guys were dicks. Stealing riffs from original member, Dave Mustaine and not giving him credit. They've even stated themselves they're selfish people. This is evident in their apathy towards fans of their metal work and the fact they keep putting out half assed music on albums since the black album simply because they can't submit effort and mainly becasue they CAN.
Metallica=from metal pioneers to pathetic sellouts
by Jaxtapose October 28, 2006
 
1.
One of the greatest bands of all time, with over 85 million albums sold. Known to have been pioneers of the 80s metal scene.
by JasonAshton February 20, 2003
 
2.
One of the most influential and popular heavy metal groups of all time.
Metallica are the kings of heavy metal.
by Sam March 24, 2005
 
3.
San Francisco metal band formed in the early 80's. Their four albums from the 80's are class, and incidentally their best known offerings. However the material released post-1991 is of curiously low standard with the occasional great track.

In 2002 (or was it 03?) they released St. Anger, an album which shocked us again at how low they could go. They completely removed the guitar solo (a vital part of the heavy metal song) from all the songs. This resulted in their worst album and their grouping with nu-metal.

One shouldn't forget, however, that their 80's albums are some of the best from that decade, including great tracks like Fade To Black, Sanitarium, One, Ride The Lightning, Battery, The Four Horsemen, Master Of Puppets.
Me: Man, you seen that Metallica DVD?
Friend: With the symphony? Yeah, that was cool, pity James's voice has gone down the drain.
by Bollocks43 August 09, 2005
 
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the greatest band on earth. literally. no doubt about it. they have been producing songs since the eighties, in the heavy-metal genre.
a heavy metal band famous for their music in the eighties.
by mike. March 23, 2005
 
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One of the greatest, and most prolific bands of all time. They were pioneers in the genre of thrash metal when they started out, with Kill Em' All. Their next three albums, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, and ...And Justice for All, were, and still are, all considered speedmetal masterpieces. When the 90's rolled around, Metallica released a self titled album, nicknamed the black album. This record featured a softer, more mainstream sound, but still had that characteristic Metallica edge to it. After years of tuoring for the black album, Metallica finally went back into the studio to record their 6th album, Load. Load had a much different sound than any of their previous stuff, opting for a more bluesy, hard rock style than the speedmetal that everyone associated the band with. Not too long after Load came out, a follow up album was released, ReLoad, which consisted of other songs that were written during the same time but didn't make it onto the album. Afterwards, an collection of various old cover songs from the 80's was compiled with brand new covers, and released as Garage Inc. And not too long after that came out, Metallica recorded a concert in which they played many of their classic songs, as well as some new ones, with the San Francisco Symphony. The result was the S&M album. Years later, in 2003, Metallica put out their most recent album, St. Anger. The album had mixed reactions among fans and non fans alike, but now, more than two years after its release, hopefully the controversy has died down, and we can all look foward to the next album.
~ Metallica ~
James Hetfield - Guitar, vocals
Lars Ulrich - Drums
Kirk Hammett - Guitar
Rob Trujillo - Bass

Cliff Burton - Bass
Jason Newsted - Bass, Backing vocals
Dave Mustaine - Guitar, vocals
Ron McGoveny - Bass
Lloyd Grant - Guitar

Metallica Rules!
by rastablowtorch August 23, 2005
 
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an awesome heavy metal band that helped pioneer metal and keep it alive and needs no introduction
Metallica is the greatest music pioneer ever
by DanMo July 29, 2005
 
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easily the greatest band in the world 11 albums
James Hetfield - Vocals, rhythm guitar
Lars Ulrich - drums (crazy)
Kirk Hammet - lead guitar
Robert Trujillo - bass
master of puppets, sanitarium, enter sandman, no remorse

R.I.P. Cliff Burton
by irishmoron August 23, 2005