Also known as Металлика, Metalmilitia, Mettallica
Members of Metallica: Cliff Burton, Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield, Jason Newsted, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, Lloyd Grant, Robert Trujillo, Ron McGovney
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Discography of Metallica:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Master Of Puppets (Remix) 3 Audio 2003 Not On Label (Metallica)
2 Frantic 2 Audio 2003-09-19 Vertigo
3 Masters Of Puppets / People Hold On (Remixes) 2 Audio 2003 Camouflage Recordings DnB
4 Metallica 12 Audio 1991
5 ...And Justice For All 9 Audio 1988-08-00
6 Creeping Death / Jump In The Fire 8 Audio 1987 Music For Nations
7 The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited 5 Audio 1988 CBS/Sony
8 One 5 Audio 1989 CBS/Sony
9 Kill 'Em All 10 Audio 1995-06-20
10 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio Elektra
11 Master Of Puppets 8 Audio 1986-06-17
12 ...And Justice For All 9 Audio 1988-09-06 Elektra
13 Metallica 12 Audio
14 Load 14 Audio 1996-05-04 Elektra
15 Reload 13 Audio 1997-11-18 Elektra
16 Reload 13 Audio 1997-11-18 Vertigo
17 Garage Inc. 32 Audio 1998-11-00 Vertigo
18 Master Of Puppets 8 Audio
19 Reload 13 Audio 1997-00-00 PolyGram
20 Metallica 12 Audio Vertigo
21 Kill 'Em All 10 Audio Vertigo
22 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio
23 Load 14 Audio 1996-06-03 Vertigo
24 Harvester Of Sorrow 3 Audio 1988-08-00
25 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio 1987 Music For Nations
26 Master Of Puppets 8 Audio 1989 Vertigo
27 Hero Of The Day 8 Audio 1996-10-22 Elektra
28 Kill 'Em All 10 Audio 1986 Music For Nations
29 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio 1984 Roadrunner Records
30 Master Of Puppets 8 Audio 1986
31 The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited 5 Audio 1987 Mercury
32 ...And Justice For All 9 Audio 1988
33 The Unforgiven II 4 Audio 1998-02-00
34 Until It Sleeps 3 Audio 1996
35 Hero Of The Day 4 Audio 1996
36 The Memory Remains 3 Audio 1997-11-10
37 Mama Said 4 Audio 1996
38 10 Years Live - '82 To '92 12 Audio 1993 High Live
39 S&M 21 Audio 1999-11-23 Elektra
40 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio 1984 Megaforce Records
41 S&M 21 Audio 1999 Elektra
42 Metallica 12 Audio 1991-08-00
43 The $5.98 E.P. - Garage Days Re-Revisited 5 Audio 1987-08-20
44 Until It Sleeps 3 Audio 1996
45 Hero Of The Day 5 Audio 1996
46 St. Anger 11 Audio 2003 Vertigo
47 Kill 'Em All 10 Audio 1989 Vertigo
48 Master Of Puppets 8 Audio 1986-03-04 Elektra
49 Nothing Else Matters 4 Audio 1992 Vertigo
50 Nothing Else Matters 4 Audio 1999-11-22 Vertigo

Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The duo first met through an ad in a Los Angeles-based music newspaper. At the time, Ulrich had little musical experience and no band but managed to secure a slot on an upcoming compilation record called “Metal Massacre”. Metallica’s contribution, “Hit The Lights”, featured Hetfield, Ulrich and lead guitarist Lloyd Grant. Afterwards, Ron McGovney became the band's bassist and Dave Mustaine joined the band as lead guitarist. This line-up would re-record "Hit The Lights" for subsequent re-pressings of "Metal Massacre" and would also issue several demos. In 1983, McGovney quit the group and was replaced by Cliff Burton, which also saw the band relocate to San Francisco. Metallica then traveled to New York after signing a deal with [l=Megaforce Records]. However, once in New York, the band fired Mustaine. It would mark the beginning of a long feud between Mustaine and Metallica, mostly fueled by remarks Mustaine would make to the press. Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett of [a=Exodus (6)].

Metallica's debut LP, "Kill 'Em All", was released in 1983. It was followed in 1984 by "Ride The Lightning". This led to a major label deal with [l=Elektra]. In 1986, the band released "Master Of Puppets", which is considered by many to be one of the greatest heavy metal records of all time. In September of that year, while on tour in Sweden, the band was involved in a bus accident which took the life of Cliff Burton. Eventually, Jason Newsted (of [a=Flotsam And Jetsam]) was hired as the band's new bassist and he made his debut on 1987's "Garage Days Re-Revisited", an EP of cover tunes.

In 1990, Metallica hooked up with producer [a=Bob Rock] for a self-titled release that would become better known as "The Black Album", due to its cover art. Released in 1991, the black album would become one of the best-selling rock albums of all time, selling over 16 million copies in the US alone.

In 1996, the band returned with "Load". The following year, "Reload" appeared. The albums continued the band’s trend of more accessible music. In 1999, the group released an album and accompanying film called "S&M", which featured Metallica performing their songs with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

In 2001, as the band was preparing to begin work on a new album, Newsted quit the group, citing personal and musical reasons. Work on the new album was further complicated when Hetfield entered rehab for alcohol abuse. The album, called "St. Anger", was eventually completed in 2003 with producer Bob Rock handling the bass. Upon its release, "St. Anger" drew mostly negative reviews. Following the recording, Robert Trujillo, formerly of [a=Suicidal Tendencies], was hired as bassist. The making of the album was captured in the documentary “Some Kind Of Monster”.

In 2008, "Death Magnetic", produced by [a=Rick Rubin], would surface and was hailed by many as Metallica's return to thrash metal. The following year, Metallica was inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Former bassist Jason Newsted was present and Cliff Burton's father appeared on Cliff's behalf. Dave Mustaine, who was not inducted, was invited to the ceremony by the band but declined to attend. In 2011, Metallica collaborated with [a=Lou Reed] on the album, “Lulu”, which was largely panned by critics and ignored by consumers.

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