Origin: Los Angeles, CA, USA
Genres: Thrash Metal
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Metallica must be considered one of the most well-known metal bands ever, with their work in the 80's in particular receiving accolades as amongst the finest metal works ever recorded. Formed in 1981 by the duo of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, their youthful energy quickly gained them an incredible underground following, with their debut Kill 'Em All being one of the most anticipated underground releases of the era. And it did not disappoint -- arguably one of the first true thrash albums, it jumpstarted a thrash scene that would last for years to come. With each succeeding release their popularity grew, and with the release of 1986's Master Of Puppets (one of the most popular thrash albums of all time), it was clear that it would only be a matter of time before true worldwide fame would be theirs. They suffered a tremendous setback when bassist Cliff Burton was killed in a tour bus accident, but even that did not slow them down, as they recruited new bassist Jason Newsted and continued growing with 1988's ... And Justice For All.

The rise of Metallica to superstardom culminated in 1991 with the release of their self-titled album, also famously known as the Black Album. While the momentum of the past decade insured its success (and successful it was, reaching Number 1 and selling over seven million copies in the US alone), a chasm started to develop between the hardened early thrash fans and the mainstream audience that welcomed the "new" Metallica. This chasm was widened with 1996's Load, which saw the band further delving into mainstream hard rock and greatly lessening their thrash roots. Indeed, many early fans gave up on the band completely, but their mainstream popularity had risen to true superstar status by this time, and they are still regarded as one of the most popular metal bands of all time. After spending several years touring and recording miscellaneous projects such as the S&M band + orchestra collaboration, they released the somewhat controversial St. Anger in 2003, and later, in 2008, with new bassist Robert Trujillo solidly in place, came Death Magnetic, which appears to welcome at least a partial return to their thrashier roots. More recently they've recorded Lulu, a collaboration with Lou Reed (thus not really considered a Metallica album per se) that has drawn divided reviews at best.

Current Members

James Hetfield


Kirk Hammett


Robert Trujillo

bass (ex-Black Label Society, ex-Ozzy Osbourne, ex-Suicidal Tendencies)

Lars Ulrich


Former Members/Guests

Ron McGovney

bass (ex-Phantasm)

Cliff Burton

bass (ex-Trauma) RIP: September 27, 1986, killed in a tour bus accident

Jason Newsted

bass (ex-Flotsam & Jetsam, ex-Voivod)

Bob Rock (guest)


Dave Mustaine

guitars (M.D.45, Megadeth)


Kill 'Em All 
1983 Megaforce
  1. Hit The Lights
  2. The Four Horsemen
  3. Motorbreath
  4. Jump In The Fire
  5. (Anesthesia)--Pulling Teeth
  6. Whiplash
  7. Blitzkrieg
  8. Phantom Lord
  9. No Remorse
  10. Seek & Destroy
  11. Metal Militia
  12. Am I Evil?
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Cliff Burton
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Ride The Lightning 
1984 Megaforce
  1. Fight Fire With Fire
  2. Ride The Lightning
  3. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  4. Fade To Black
  5. Trapped Under Ice
  6. Escape
  7. Creeping Death
  8. The Call Of Ktulu
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Cliff Burton
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Master Of Puppets 
1986 Elektra
  1. Battery
  2. Master of Puppets
  3. The Thing That Should Not Be
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. Disposable Heroes
  6. Leper Messiah
  7. Orion
  8. Damage Inc.
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Cliff Burton
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

(EP) Garage Days ... 
1987 Elektra
  1. Helpless
  2. The Small Hours
  3. The Wait
  4. Crash Course In Brain Surgery
  5. Last Caress/Green Hell
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

... And Justice For All 
1988 Elektra
  1. Blackened
  2. ...And Justice For All
  3. Eye of the Beholder
  4. One
  5. The Shortest Straw
  6. Harvester of Sorrow
  7. The Frayed Ends of Sanity
  8. To Live is to Die
  9. Dyers Eve
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

1991 Elektra
  1. Enter Sandman
  2. Sad But True
  3. Holier Than Thou
  4. The Unforgiven
  5. Wherever I May Roam
  6. Don't Tread On Me
  7. Through the Never
  8. Nothing Else Matters
  9. Of Wolf and Man
  10. The God That Failed
  11. My Friend of Misery
  12. The Struggle Within
  13. So What (Japanese import bonus track)
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

Live Shit: Binge & Purge  LIVE
1993 Elektra
  1. Enter Sandman
  2. Creeping Death
  3. Harvester Of Sorrow
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. Sad But True
  6. Of Wolf And Man
  7. The Unforgiven
  8. Justice Medley
  9. Bass - Guitar Solos
  10. Through The Never
  11. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  12. Fade To Black
  13. Master Of Puppets
  14. Seek & Destroy
  15. Whiplash
  16. Nothing Else Matters
  17. Wherever I May Roam
  18. Am I Evil?
  19. Last Caress
  20. One
  21. Battery
  22. The Four Horsemen
  23. Motorbreath
  24. Stone Cold Crazy
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

1996 Elektra
  1. Ain't My Bitch
  2. 2x4
  3. The House Jack Built
  4. Until It Sleeps
  5. King Nothing
  6. Hero Of The Day
  7. Bleeding Me
  8. Cure
  9. Poor Twisted Me
  10. Wasting My Hate
  11. Mama Said
  12. Thorn Within
  13. Ronnie
  14. The Outlaw Torn
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Chronicles Of Chaos  Metal Observer 

1997 Elektra
  1. Fuel
  2. The Memory Remains
  3. Devil's Dance
  4. The Unforgiven II
  5. Better Than You
  6. Slither
  7. Carpe Diem Baby
  8. Bad Seed
  9. Where The Wild Things Are
  10. Prince Charming
  11. Low Man's Lyric
  12. Attitude
  13. Fixxxer
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Garage Inc. 
1998 Elektra
  1. Free Speech For the Dumb
  2. It's Electric
  3. Sabbra Cadabra
  4. Turn the Page
  5. Die, Die My Darling
  6. Loverman
  7. Mercyful Fate
  8. Astronomy
  9. Whiskey In the Jar
  10. Tuesday's Gone
  11. The More I See
  12. Helpless
  13. The Small Hours
  14. The Wait
  15. Crash Course In Brain Surgery
  16. Last Caress/Green Hell
  17. Am I Evil?
  18. Blitzkrieg
  19. Breadfan
  20. The Prince
  21. Stone Cold Crazy
  22. So What
  23. Killing Time
  24. Overkill
  25. Damage Case
  26. Stone Dead Forever
  27. Too Late Too Late
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

Cunning Stunts 
1998 Vertigo

1999 Elektra
  1. The Ecstasy Of Gold
  2. The Call Of Ktulu
  3. Master Of Puppets
  4. Of Wolf And Man
  5. The Thing That Should Not Be
  6. Fuel
  7. The Memory Remains
  8. No Leaf Clover
  9. Hero Of The Day
  10. Devil's Dance
  11. Bleeding Me
  12. Nothing Else Matters
  13. Until It Sleeps
  14. For Whom The Bell Tolls
  15. Human
  16. Wherever I May Roam
  17. Outlaw Torn
  18. Sad But True
  19. One
  20. Enter Sandman
  21. Battery
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Jason Newsted
  • Lars Ulrich

1999 Elektra

Reviews:   Metal Observer 

Classic Albums: Metallica 
2001 Eagle Vision

St. Anger 
2003 Elektra
  1. Frantic
  2. St. Anger
  3. Some Kind Of Monster
  4. Dirty Window
  5. Invisible Kid
  6. My World
  7. Shoot Me Again
  8. Sweet Amber
  9. The Unnamed Feeling
  10. Purify
  11. All Within My Hands
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Bob Rock
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 

Some Kind Of Monster 

Reviews:   Lords Of Metal 

Death Magnetic 
2008 Warner Bros.
  1. That Was Just Your Life
  2. The End Of The Line
  3. Broken, Beat & Scarred
  4. The Day That Never Comes
  5. All Nightmare Long
  6. Cyanide
  7. The Unforgiven III
  8. The Judas Kiss
  9. Suicide & Redemption
  10. My Apocalypse
  • James Hetfield
  • Kirk Hammett
  • Robert Trujillo
  • Lars Ulrich

Reviews:   Blabbermouth  Chronicles Of Chaos  Chronicles Of Chaos  Sea Of Tranquility  Metal Underground  Metal Observer 

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Orgullo, Pasion Y Gloria: Tres Noches En Mexico 

Six Feet Down Under  LIVE
2010 Universal
  1. Eye of the Beholder
  2. ...And Justice For All
  3. Through the Never
  4. The Unforgiven
  5. Low Man's Lyric (Acoustic)
  6. Devil's Dance
  7. Frantic
  8. Fight Fire With Fire

Six Feet Down Under Part II  LIVE
2010 Universal
  1. Blackened
  2. Ride The Lightning
  3. The Four Horsemen
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. Master of Puppets
  6. ...And Justice For All
  7. Fade to Black
  8. Damage, Inc

Live At Grimey's  LIVE
2010 Universal
  1. No Remorse
  2. Fuel
  3. Harvester of Sorrow
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  6. Master of Puppets
  7. Sad But True
  8. Motorbreath
  9. Seek & Destroy

(EP) Beyond Magnetic 
  1. Hate Train
  2. Just a Bullet Away
  3. Hell and Back
  4. Rebel of Babylon

Quebec Magnetic 


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