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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.

YouTube: MetallicaTV
YouTube: MetallicaTV

Watch Lars Ulrich Flip Through ‘Metallica: Back to the Front’ Book

Lars Ulrich takes fans inside the pages of 'Metallica: Back to the Front,' combing through photos & anecdotes chronicling the 'Master of Puppets' album & tour.

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32 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 Guitarist Kirk Hammett’s KHDK Electronics Releases the Scuzz Box Pedal

Looking to get a dirty, scuzzy vibe out of your guitar? Check out the new Kirk Hammett KHDK Electronics Scuzz Box Pedal.

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Kevin Winter / Theo Wargo, Getty Images

Metallica, Eddie Vedder + More to Perform at 2016 Global Citizen Festival

Along with some of pop, rap and EDM’s biggest names, Metallica and Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder will perform in New York City’s iconic Central Park.

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33 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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24 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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Meowtallica

Metallica Meets Cat Videos in ‘Meowtallica’ Album Spoof

Watch as cats take over Metallica's biggest hits in a spoof for a 'Meowtallica' album.

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Tim P. Whitby, Getty Images / Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Red Hot Chili Peppers Mistaken for Metallica in Belarus, Forced to Sign Metallica Memorabilia

When entering Belarus, customs officials mistook the Red Hot Chili Peppers for Metallica and made them sign Metallica-related memorabilia.

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Kevin Winter, Getty Images
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

Metallica’s 10th Studio Album Reportedly Set to Arrive in October

Germany’s biggest daily paper claims to know the potential release date for Metallica's new album.

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Lars Ulrich Was Unaware of Metallica’s Apparent Plans to Fire Him in 1986

In a new interview, Lars Ulrich stated he was unaware Metallica had plans to fire him at the end of the 'Master of Puppets' tour in 1986.

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