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Lars Ulrich from Metallica on playing at Glastonbury

Lars Ulrich talks to Jo Whiley and Huw Stephens about playing at Glastonbury 2014

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Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica was formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. The current line-up features founders Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ulrich (drums), longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined the band in 2003. Previous members of the band are lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who went on to found Megadeth, bassists Ron McGovney (demos only), Cliff Burton (the first three records, died in 1986), and Jason Newsted (from 1987 to 2001). The band also had a long collaboration with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of its albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

The band earned a growing fan-base in the underground music community and critical acclaim with its first four albums, with their third, Master of Puppets (1986), described as one of the most influential and heavy thrash metal albums. Metallica achieved substantial commercial success with their eponymous fifth album (also known as The Black Album), which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Death Magnetic

    Death Magnetic 2008

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    The sound of a band giving both themselves and their fans exactly what they need.
  2. Review of St. Anger

    St. Anger 2003

    Reviewed by Amy McAuliffe
    St. Anger spanks the ass of Nu-Metal and sends it back to school.
  3. Review of Metallica (The Black Album)

    Metallica (The Black Album) 1991

    Reviewed by Sid Smith
    There's confidence exuding from almost every track.
  4. Review of ...And Justice For All

    ...And Justice For All 1988

    Reviewed by Eamonn Stack
    ...perhaps in hindsight this is one effort best left to the completists.
  5. Review of Master Of Puppets

    Master Of Puppets 1986

    Reviewed by Eamonn Stack
    ...hard, fast, rock with substance...
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