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Metallica

Metallica are arguably the most widely known and commercially successful heavy metal band of all time, with an estimated 120 million albums sold worldwide. Formed in Los Angeles, in 1981, before relocating to San Francisco two years later, Metallica helped both spearhead and define the thrash metal genre with a quartet of classic ‘80s albums. In the ‘90s, vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted (who replaced the deceased Cliff Burton, in 1986), embraced more accessible sounds and new compositional styles, to the chagrin of some diehard fans. But the band’s remarkable career momentum did not suffer until the early ‘00s, when an ill-advised skirmish with the file sharing network Napster combined with the poorly received ‘St. Anger’ album and assorted personal demons (all of them painfully documented by the infamous feature-length documentary, ‘Some Kind of Mon-ster’) to threaten the band’s future. Metallica duly recovered, however, with the help of new bassist Robert Trujillo, a back to basics LP (2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’) and a never flagging stadium-packing capacity across the globe.

Metallica 1984
Megaforce

31 Years Ago: Metallica Release ‘Ride the Lightning’

How would Metallica follow up 'Kill 'Em All'? On July 27, 1984, we got 'Ride the Lightning.'

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Metallica 1983
Megaforce Records

32 Years Ago: Metallica Start the Thrash Revolution With ‘Kill ‘Em All’

Metallica’s debut album, 'Kill 'Em All,' came out on July 25, 1983, and helped start the thrash revolution.

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Animated Metal Album Covers
Loudwire

18 Greatest Animated Metal Album Covers

Your favorite metal album covers have come to life!

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Guns N Roses Metallica
Hulton Archive / Tom Mosenfelder, Getty Images

23 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses and Metallica Launch Ill-Fated Tour

On July 17, 1992, Guns N' Roses and Metallica kicked off what was supposed to be a tour for the ages, but it was remembered for all the wrong reasons.

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Metallica Lars Ulrich
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Weighs in on Music Streaming Debate

Although many musicians have taken issue with various music streaming sites as of late, Ulrich has a surprisingly accepting viewpoint on the subject.

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Linkin Park Praise Metallica, Paul McCartney + Rick Rubin

In this video, rapper Mike Shinoda and bassist Dave 'Phoenix' Farrell speak about their personal heroes, which include Metallica and Paul McCartney.

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Slipknot vs. Metallica
Loudwire

Slipknot vs. Metallica – Best Live Band, Round 2

In this Round 2 matchup to find the Best Live Band, Slipknot take on Metallica in a battle of heavyweight bands.

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Metallica vs. Lamb of God
Loudwire

Metallica vs. Lamb of God – Best Live Band, Round 1

It's Metallica vs. Lamb of God in the Round 1 matchup to determine the Best Live Band in hard rock and metal.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

‘Where Is the New Metallica?’ Asks Band’s Manager

Metallica manager Peter Mensch says he is disappointed with the newer bands that are out there.

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Kirk Hammett Toys
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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett to Do Signings at 2015 San Diego Comic-Con

Metallica's Kirk Hammett will be selling his KVH Toys and doing signings at the 2015 Comic-Con in San Diego.

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