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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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  • Volume turned up on Red Rocks ruckus as Jeffco enters the fray

      News Source: Denver Post | 9 hours 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
  • Record Store Day celebrated in Charlottetown

      News Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation | 2 days ago
    AT Customers browse the selection at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown on Record Store Day. (Robyn Miller/CBC) Music lovers on Prince Edward Island are joining others across North America who are venturing down to their favourite record stores.
  • Record Store Day: Where to get your (musical) high tomorrow

      News Source: San Francisco Bay Guardian | 3 days ago
    This weekend will see a convergence of two holidays that, come to think of it, overlap rather nicely given their impact on chocolate sales. Whether you're celebrating the resurrection of Christ by donning an elaborate hat for church or the recent

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