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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

Megatallica Mastermind Delivers Mashups of Metallica + Black Sabbath Classics

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The mastermind behind the Megatallica mash-ups is at it again, this time pairing Metallica with Black Sabbath.

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Corey Taylor, Slash + John 5 Added to Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil 2015 Lineup

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Corey Taylor, Slash and John 5 will reportedly take part in a panel at Kirk Von Hammett's 2015 Fear FestEvil music and horror event.

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Metallica Join San Jose Sharks for Inaugural ‘Metallica Night’

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Metallica were on hand for the inaugural 'Metallica Night' with the San Jose Sharks Wednesday night.

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‘The Big Four’ 8-Bit Video Game Featuring Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax

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For this original clip, we teamed up with the Filthy Frackers to create an 8-bit game trailer for 'The Big Four.'

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Metallica Offer Photo of Robert Trujillo From Recent Studio Sessions

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Metallica are back in the studio working on their new album as a photo featuring Robert Trujillo surfaces online.

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Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones + More Lead Inaugural Rock in Rio USA Festival

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The lineup is filling out for the inaugural Rock in Rio USA Festival in Las Vegas featuring Metallica, Linkin Park, Deftones and more.

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Metallica’s ‘St. Anger’ Album Re-Recorded by Fans

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The record's raw nature and production aspects have been subject to much criticism, but would 'St. Anger' have been acclaimed if approached in a different way?

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Kirk Von Hammett’s Fear FestEvil 2015 Books Meshuggah, Agnostic Front + More

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Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has announced the second annual Fear FestEvil set to take place in April with Meshuggah, Agnostic Front and more.

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Robert Trujillo: Metallica Album Delay Due to Being ‘Caught Up in Own Creativity’

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Metallica's Robert Trujillo reveals that the band's own creativity has led to the lengthy delay between studio albums.

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Was Careful Not to Cross Zakk Wylde + Other Bandmates

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Metallica's Robert Trujillo reveals in a new interview his key for dealing with bandmates and says he was careful not to cross Zakk Wylde and others.

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