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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Kill ‘em All’ (1983), ‘Ride the Lighting’ (1984), ‘Master of Puppets’ (1986), ‘Metallica’ (1991)   Related Artists: James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Cliff Burton, Jason Newsted, Robert Trujillo, Dave Mustaine   Further Reading: 10 Best Metallica Songs; You Think You Know Metallica

Metallica’s James Hetfield Still ‘Not Really Comfortable’ Watching ‘Some Kind of Monster’

James Hetfield
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James Hetfield opens up about the 10th anniversary of their documentary ‘Some Kind of Monster,’ saying, “I learned a lot about what I don’t like about me.”

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Metallica to Rock 2014 BlizzCon Closing Ceremony

Metallica
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Metallica have been chosen to headline the 2014 BlizzCon closing ceremonies.

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Bill Ward Praises Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: ‘I Think He’s Absolutely Incredible’

Bill Ward / Lars Ulrich
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Former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward praises the playing of Metallica's Lars Ulrich.

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Scott Ian Recalls Time When Metallica Discussed Firing Lars Ulrich

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Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire / Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images

Scott Ian's autobiography, 'I'm the Man,' just hit store shelves, and one of the most interesting passages comes where the Anthrax guitarist recalls a time when Metallica had discussed firing drummer Lars Ulrich.

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Metallica + Megadeth Get Mashed Up Into Megatallica

Metallica Megadeth

An astonishing number of Metallica and Megadeth mash-ups have been posted on YouTube thanks to ‘The Taskmaster.’

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Metallica and Dave Grohl to Perform at Special Veterans Day ‘Concert for Valor’

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Frazer Harrison / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Metallica and Dave Grohl will salute U.S. Veterans and their families at ‘The Concert for Valor,‘ which will take place in Washington, D.C., on Veterans Day.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian Recalls the Day Dave Mustaine Was Fired From Metallica

Scott Ian / Dave Mustaine
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Scott Ian describes Mustaine's ousting from the Anthrax guitarist's own perspective.

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on Fan Consideration While Writing: ‘It’s a Lost Cause’

Lars Ulrich
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The drummer says that asking 20 different Metallica fans what they want might yield 20 different answers.

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Man Arrested in New Disappearance Case Linked to Murder of Metallica Fan Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington
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The recent disappearance of Hannah Graham led to the arrest of 32-year-old Jesse L. Matthew Jr., who is now a top suspect in the killing of Morgan Harrington.

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Top 10 Cliff Burton Metallica Songs

Cliff Burton
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We remember Cliff Burton with our picks for the Top 10 songs from his time in Metallica.

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