Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California. Metallica was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper. The band's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted 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.

The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer… Read all


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Area United States [US]
Activity period From: Oct 1981 (Los Angeles)
Members Ron McGovney (from 1982 to 1982), Jason Newsted (from 1986 to 2001), Dave Mustaine (from 1981 to 1983), Kirk Hammett (from Apr 01 1983), James Hetfield (from 1981), Robert Trujillo (from Feb 24 2003), Cliff Burton (from 1982 to Sep 27 1986), Lars Ulrich (from 1981)
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