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
2351 In The Ring 6 Audio 2014 Not On Label (Metallica)
2352 The Lords Of The Ring 7 Audio 2014 Not On Label (Metallica)
2353 Master Of Sao Paulo Part 1 7 Audio 2014 Not On Label
2354 Master Of Sao Paulo Part 2 7 Audio 2014 Not On Label
2355 Cliffs First Gig 1983 9 Audio 2009-12-11 Not On Label
2356 Live In Hardford 18 Audio Not On Label
2357 Cunning Stunts 20 Audio 1998 Polygram Video
2358 Live In Stuttgart - Blindman's Ball 18 Audio 1996 Not On Label
2359 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio 1984 MTV-Studiot
2360 Fame 25 7 Audio 2010 The Swingin' Pig (2)
2361 S&M Live Concert 21 Audio 2003
2362 Enter Sandman (Vol.1) 9 Audio 1993
2363 Ride The Lightning 8 Audio
2364 Load 14 Audio Elektra (2)
2365 Kill 'Em All 10 Audio
2366 St. Anger 24 Audio 2003 Vertigo
2367 Jump In The Fire/Creeping Death 8 Audio 1991 MG Records (2)
2368 Load 10 Audio 1997 ZMC
2369 Load 14 Audio 2001
2370 Reload 13 Audio 2001
2371 S&M 23 Audio 2001
2372 Garage Inc. 32 Audio 2001
2373 The Best Of 10 Audio 1993 Max Records International
2374 Troy - Live New York '89 Bootleg 9 Audio 1992 MG Records (2)
2375 Ballads Hits 9 Audio 1993 Max Records International
2376 Caught In The Act ... 8 Audio Euro Star
2377 Live From U.S.-Tour '93 12 Audio 1993 Prime Cuts (2)
2378 Fade To Black [Digipack] 20 Audio 1989 Leopard
2379 Metallica 12 Audio 2014 Vertigo
2380 One 2 Audio 1989 Vertigo
2381 The End Of The World As We Know It : The Metallica Interviews Vol. 1 4 Audio 1990 Baktabak
2382 Best Ballads 9 Audio Not On Label (Metallica)
2383 No Life ' Til Megaforce 20 Audio 2014-10-00 Zodiac (9)

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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