About Metallica

When heavy metal fans list the Top 5 most influential bands, Metallica is always somewhere near the top. The Los Angeles, California band formed in the early 1980s after drummer Lars Ulrich posted an ad in a local newspaper. James Hetfield, guitarist and lead singer, responded first; that laid the groundwork for Metallica becoming one of the most influential and successful metal bands in history. While the band went through a series of shakeups, including the untimely death of bassist Cliff Burton, the spirit of Metallica has remained the same. The lineup of lead guitarist Kirk Hammet and bassist Robert Trujillo (former bassist for Ozzy Osbourne) helped grow their fan base. Former members of Metallica should also be mentioned: Dave Mustaine (who later founded Megadeth), bassist Ron McGovney, and Jason Newsted, who was replaced by Robert Trujillo. Metallica’s early albums received critical acclaim, especially, "Master of Puppets", thought by many to be the most influential heavy metal album, ever. That was followed by The Black Album which began Metallica's road to a more mainstream audience. Their Top Ten hit And Justice for All gave them their first Grammy Award nomination (they lost to Jethro Tull). Soon, Metallica was in the media not only for their hits, but for their lawsuit against Napster during the early 2000's. They citied copyright infringement of their material, which didn't help their rock and roll image. After a few album flops, and a poorly-received film (Some Kind of Monster), Metallica was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and they seemed back on track. The induction was flanked by several Grammy Awards, American Music Awards and numerous MTV Video Music Awards.