The group was formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield.
The group’s rapid tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of their founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, together with Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer.
Metallica lineup includes Ulrich and members Hetfieldlead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo.
Metallica won critical acclaim and earned a fan base that was growing in the music community.
The band’s third album, Master of Puppets (1986), has been described among the most bizarre and most powerful thrash metal records; its own eponymous fifth album, Metallica (1991), the group’s first to origin predominantly in thick metal, appealed to a more mainstream crowd, attaining substantial commercial success and selling over 16 million copies in the United States thus far, making it the best-selling album of the SoundScan era.
After experimenting with various genres and directions in subsequent releases, the group returned to its thrash metal roots with the launch of its ninth album, Death Magnetic (2008), which drew similar praise to that of the band’s earlier records.
In 2000, Metallica led the case against the peer-to-peer file sharing service Napster, in which other artists that were many and the group filed lawsuits for sharing their copyright-protected substance after reaching a settlement, Napster became a pay-to-use service in 2003.
Metallica was the subject of the acclaimed 2004 documentary film some type of Monster, which recorded the troubled production of this band’s eighth album, St. Anger (2003), and the inner struggles within the band at the time.
The screenplay was written by the band for and starred in the 2013 IMAX concert film Metallica: Through the Never, where the band performed live against a thriller narrative.
Metallica has released four live albums ten studio albums, a cover album, five extended plays, 37 singles and 39 songs movies.
The group has won nine Grammy Awards from 23 nominations, and its last six studio albums (beginning with Metallica) have consecutively debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
Metallica ranks among the most successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million albums.
Metallica has been listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by celebrities such as Rolling Stone, which rated them at no. 61 on its own 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.
As of 2017, Metallica is the third best selling music performer since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, selling a total of 58 million albums.