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Metallica's Biography

Metallica i/məˈtælɨkə/ is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, whose releases include fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the founding "big four" of thrash metal alongside Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax. They formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advertisement that drummer Lars Ulrich had posted in a local newspaper. As of 2003, the line-up features long-time lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (who joined the band in 1983) and bassist Robert Trujillo (a member since 2003) alongside Hetfield and Ulrich. Previous members of the band are lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to found the band Megadeth), and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted. The band also had a long collaboration with producer Bob Rock, who produced all of its albums from 1990 to 2003 and served as a temporary bassist between the departure of Newsted and the hiring of Trujillo.

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Fans of Metallica flash signs during the band's Latin America tour concert at the Jockey Club in Asuncion
Fans of Metallica flash signs during the band's Latin America tour concert at the Jockey Club in Asuncion
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Metallica News Stories

  • Dream Theater Brings It ON!

      News Source: The Huffington Post | 7 hours ago
    As is the case with most big touring bands these days, all the amps and guitar effects are offstage and usually controlled by the guitar techs. Interesting insight into Petrucci's monitor/effects rig above. When Petrucci rested his leg up on monitors
  • Christina Aguilera, Muse and Gorillaz vinyl now cost hundreds because so ...

      News Source: Mail Online UK | 1 day ago
    Death Magnetic is the ninth studio album by Metallica, released in 2008 through Warner Bros. LP 180g expanded edition, 2008, Rhino/Atlantic/Swan Song 8122799489) £500 The Song Remains the Same is the soundtrack live album of the concert film of the
  • Volume turned up on Red Rocks ruckus as Jeffco enters the fray

      News Source: Denver Post | 3 days ago
    Members of the Morrison town board will meet Friday with at least one Jefferson County commissioner to explore ways of dealing with acts that churn out the pulsating and bass-heavy tones of electronic dance music, or EDM, at Red Rocks. EDM, which

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