The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalistguitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Metallica’s fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding \”big four\” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. The group has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos.
About Metallica in brief
Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalistguitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. Metallica’s fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding \”big four\” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which the band and several other artists filed lawsuits against the service for sharing their copyright-protected material without consent. The group has released ten studio albums, four live albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 music videos. As of 2018, the band is the third best-selling music artist since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums in the United States. In 2009, MetallICA was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The last six studio albums have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. In early 1982, its first original song, “Hit the Lights,” was recorded for the Metal Massacre I compilation album. Their first live performance on March 14, 1982, was at Radio City Music Hall in Anaheim, California, with newly recruited bassist Ron McGovney. The song generated word of mouth and they were chosen to open for British heavy metal group Saxon on one of their early US tour dates. In 2013, the group wrote the screenplay for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never.
The film documented the troubled production of the band’s eighth album, St. Anger, and the internal struggles within the band at the time. The album was released on June 14, 2013. The first single from the album, “The Master of Puppets,” was released in June 1982. The second single, “I Can’t Go For That,” was issued in September 1982. In December 1982, the song was released as a single. The third and final album, Metal Massacre, came out in June 1983. The fourth and fifth albums were released in 1984 and 1985. The sixth and seventh albums, “Death Magnetic” and “The Black Album” were released on November 14, 1984. The ninth album, Death Magnetic, was released June 15, 1985, and it was the first time the band had played live in the U.S. outside of California. It was the last album to feature lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, who left the band the following year. The current lineup of Metallica comprises founding members and primary songwriters Hetfeld and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist, and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted are former members of the group. It has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, and has sold over 125 million albums worldwide as of 2018. It is the most successful metal band of all time, having sold over 120 million albums.