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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 to Headline 2015 Rock in Rio Brazilian Festival

Metallica - 'Metallica Through The Never' - James Hetfield
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Metallica will headline Rock in Rio Brazil in 2015, and it will be the band's eighth appearance at the festival.

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Metallica ‘Some Kind of Monster’ Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dead at 58

Bruce Sinofsky Joe Berlinger
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Bruce Sinofsky, the co-director of Metallica's 'Some Kind of Monster' as well as the 'Paradise Lost' documentaries, has died at the age of 58.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield: You Wouldn’t Like Me if You Knew My Story + the Horrible Things I’ve Done

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In this clip, Metallica's James Hetfield opens up in a way few have ever seen.

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Metallica Unveil Video From Recent Corporate Gig

Metallica
Spencer Kaufman, Loudwire

The employees of Salesforce.com were fortunate enough to have Metallica play the company's private party in San Francisco on Feb. 9.

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Metallica Launch Line of Skis, Rock Private Corporate Show

Metallica "Through The Never" Comic-Con 2013

Get ready to ‘Kill ‘Em All’ with style on the slopes next winter, in your brand new pair of skis designed by Metallica.

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Metallica, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails + More Covered in Valentine’s Day ’20 Styles’ Mashup

Metallica / Pantera / Nine Inch Nails
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From the incredibly gifted singer behind the 'Ten Second Songs' channel, here's '20 Love Songs in 20 Styles' to get you in the mood for Valentine's Day.

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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo, Torche’s Rick Smith + More Collaborate for New Project

Robert Trujillo
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Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo has teamed up with Torche drummer Rick Smith, among others, for a yet-to-be-named project.

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Fan Petition Launched for Metallica to Thrash Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show

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A fan has launched a petition for Metallica to play the 50th Super Bowl Halftime Show in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Metallica’s James Hetfield: Seeking Fan Validation Is ‘Like the Most Amazing Drug I’ve Ever Taken’

James Hetfield
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James Hetfield speaks about family life, alcohol abuse and fan validation becoming "the most amazing drug" Hetfield has ever allowed into his body.

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Sock Puppets Tackle Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’

Metallica Sock Puppet
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Want to see Metallica's 'Master of Puppets' as parodies by sock puppets? Here you go.

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