Formed October 1981.


Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. Metallica was formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band's current line-up includes founders Hetfield (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Ulrich (drums), longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo, who joined the band in 2003. 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) are former members of the band. Metallica collaborated over a long period with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of the band's albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

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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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