Metallica is a legendary band that helped define the genre of thrash metal (though nowadays their sound can be considered more hard rock or garage than thrash). Their first lineup was James Hetfield (vocals and rhythm guitar), Lars Ulrich (drums), Dave Mustaine (lead guitar), and Ron McGoveney (bass). Ron was replaced with Cliff Burton and Dave was replaced with Kirk Hammett and they released their first album (Kill 'em All) in 1983. The rest of their albums include Ride the Lightning (1984), Master of Puppets (1986), ...And Justice For All (1988), Metallica (aka ''The Black Album'')(1991), Load (1996), Reload (1997), Garage Inc. (1998), S&M (1999), and St. Anger (2003). During their Master of Puppets tour, Cliff Burton died in a tragic bus accident on September 27, 1986. He was replaced with Jason Newsted, and Jason left in the late 90's and was replaced with Robert Trujillo. Metallica has gone through their share of struggles and hardships (Cliff's death, James' alchohol problems, Lars filing a lawsuit against Napster, and conflicts with each other), but they have managed to withstand the test of time and give it their all. Metallica is a great band and those who disagree need to stop making a big deal about it.
Sorry to all the Metallibashers out there, because Metallica's gonna be around for years to come.
by 62Orion86 September 14, 2005
An American heavy metal band whose "Nothing else matters" is banned along with "Stairway to Heaven" in most guitar stores.
- Can I try this guitar?
- Yeah, but if you try playing Nothing Else Matters I'm gonna smash ya. Metallica can play it well enough, we don't need your shit.
by mmasny May 19, 2010
(1)one the most kick-ass bands of all time
Master of puppets
Disposable heroes
Damage inc.
Fight fire with fire
Creeping death
Strugle Within
Enter sandman
Holier than though-just to name a few
by Dopetoinfinity_13 November 24, 2003
A household name. The 7th biggest selling act in American history.
Metallica owns!
by Lbayncha1 February 14, 2009
a band that originated in the late 80's that brought the head thumping, metal music into mainstream media and is heavily regarded as one of the greatest bands of all time. Although same may discredit thier music or how "hard" the music is, it's hard to deny the fact that Metallica has defined the the genre and how it has influenced bands to this day.
Although many bands have tried to "out do" metallica, the band still has some best selling albums in the world.
by Condord4myt October 06, 2005
There is no definition but "awesome!" they've sold fuck loads of albums, they still fuckin rock the stage live (ST ANGER tour ruled) and still produce good music to the day! (i'd like to clarify that i do like Megadeth aswell, there is no need for the bickering considering megadeth have released fuckin loads anyway!) James Hetfield is God! Kirk is Brilliant, Rob is Fuckin Raw! Lars is short! hahaha that little dane fuckin rules too! "Metal God" bless you Dave Mustaine aswell for releasin more metal (it means more CD's you little moanin bastards!)
Battery, One , Creeping Death, Dyers Eve, Fade to Black, Nothing Else Matters, Seek and Destroy, Master of Puppets, Sanitarium, Disposable Heroes! it goes on i might aswell list the whole list but u don't wanna read all of it you'd rather listen to Metallica!
by Chris Knight July 26, 2005
A band which has been writing songs and albums since the eighties and is still writing them today. Unlike many heavy metal bands out there, such as Slipknot, they chose not to attempt to growl and scream about murder. Instead, they focused on more meaningful problems. St. Anger, for example, was an album almost entirely based around alcohol addiction.
Many fans believe that they "sold out" in the Black Album, which featured their most widely known (though not most popular) song, Enter Sandman, which was their first music video, and won best hard rock music video at the 1992 MTV music video awards.
Their most popular album is probably Master of Puppets, for the song represented in the title. Their most controversial is St. Anger, which was written shortly after James Hetfield (the lead singer) got over some really bad alcohol-related problems. Arguably the least popular member of the band is Lars Ulrich, who led Metallica's infamous lawsuit against Napster.
"Ride the Lightning" is still often referred to in popular popular culture, and is often used as a one-liner by characters in video-games and movies when killing someone with electricity.
"You know Metallica?"
"Totally sold out after the Black Album. I can't believe them."
"They changed their style, they didn't sell out."
"... Okay, but how does that actually reinforce your argument?"
"... FUCK YOU!"
"Okay then."
by Snowskeeper November 03, 2012

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