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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
Metallica rules the World of Music
by Rob Laberge December 05, 2006
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One of the greatest bands of all time, with over 85 million albums sold. Known to have been pioneers of the 80s metal scene.
Metallica
by JasonAshton February 20, 2003
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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
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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
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