Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. The founding members of the band are James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Cliff Burton, and Dave Mustaine. Dave Mustaine was replaced by their current lead guitarist Kirk Hammett before their first album was even released. The current members of the band include James Hetield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. They have released 10 studio albums in the 36 years that they have been a band. One of their most controvesial times was when they filed a lawsuit against napster because they found out that this website somehow leaked one of their new songs and they werent getting paid from it.

Early Years

Lars Ulrich put an ad in the local newspaper, "The Recycler" looking for other metal musicians to jam with, and James Hetfield responded. Although they had not formed a band yet, Lars asked the founder of Metal Blade Records if he could record a song to put on the labels upcoming compilation album entitled, Metal Massacre. The founder of the record company accepted and Ulrich recruited James Hetfield to sing and play rhythm guitar. When looking for other band members, James and Lars attended a show at the Whiskey a Go Go and were blown away with the person playing bass on stage. That person was Cliff Burton.


Metallica at the 1992 Grammy Awards


Metallica has released 10 studio albums in the past 36 years. The albums in order, are called: Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets, ...And Justice for All, The Black Album, Load, Reload, St. Anger, Death Magenetic, and the most recent album released in late 2016, Hardwired... to Self Destruct. They have also released other albums such as one that was all cover songs of bands that influenced them called "Garage Inc." They also released a live concert they did with the San Francisco Symphony called, "S&M".