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Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre(s) Heavy Metal
Thrash Metal
Hard Rock
Speed Metal
Years active 1981—present
Label(s) Elektra Records
Vertigo Records
Associated acts Megadeth
Spastik Children
Leather Charm
Ozzy Osbourne
Website Website
James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Former members
Ron McGovney
Dave Mustaine
Cliff Burton
Jason Newsted

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Metallica Overview


Metallica (pronounced /mɛˈtælɨkə/) is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1981. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a local newspaper, Metallica's line-up has primarily consisted of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, while going through a number of bassists. Currently, the spot is held by Robert Trujillo.

Death Magnetic (2008) St. Anger (2003) S&M (1999) Garage Inc. (1998) ReLoad (1997) Load (1996) Metallica (1991) ...And Justice For All (1988) Master Of Puppets (1986) Ride The Lightning (1984)

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Metallica To Hit Studio In May For 'Recording Project'

February 11, 2011
Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett has revealed that the band plan to enter the studio in May to begin work on a “recording project”. Hammett remained tight lipped on what the group were planning, but said it was unlikely to be a full album follow-up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic'.  Read more 

Metallica's Lars Ulrich Sued By Personal Assistant

February 10, 2011
Metallica's Lars Ulrich's former personal assistant has filed a lawsuit against the drummer claiming that he is owed years of unpaid overtime. Steven Wiig, who said he worked tirelessly when the drummer was at home and on tour, is seeking damages for alleged state and federal labour violations.  Read more 

Metallica's Kirk Hammett Pays Tribute To Thin Lizzy's Gary Moore

February 10, 2011
Metallica's Kirk Hammett has paid tribute to former Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore, who died last weekend. The 58-year-old guitarist died while on holiday in Spain. He is believed to have suffered a heart attack.  Read more 

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Anthrax For Sonisphere Festival 2011

December 14, 2010
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are set to headline next year’s Sonisphere festival. The bands - dubbed the Big Four - will top the bill on the opening day of the event, which runs from July 8-10 at Knebworth.  Read more 

Metallica Planning New Album, More 'Big Four' Tour Dates

November 13, 2010
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has revealed that the band are set to record a new album next year. Ulrich said the group were looking forward to starting work on the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Death Magnetic’.  Read more 

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