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Metallica

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in October 1981. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, they are the most commercially successful heavy metal act in history. They are also the seventh biggest act in America. After building a following through its role in the development of heavy metal in the 1980s, the band broadened its audience in the early 1990s. Accordingly, the band stood as the most commercially visible example of the metal genre for most of that decade. However, with vastly increased commercial success came stylistic changes that arguably abandoned their classic t ...read more

Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in October 1981. With over 100 million albums sold worldwide, they are the most commercially successful heavy metal act in history. They are also the seventh biggest act in America. After building a following through its role in the development of heavy metal in the 1980s, the band broadened its audience in the early 1990s. Accordingly, the band stood as the most commercially visible example of the metal genre for most of that decade. However, with vastly increased commercial success came stylistic changes that arguably abandoned their classic thrash metal roots and fostered accusations of "selling out" by some long-time fans. Many also feel that Metallica's 1999-2001 stances against Internet file sharing deeply damaged their reputation. In spite of this, the band have continued to be tremendously commercially successful.

In 2003 Metallica released their 8th studio album, entitled St. Anger, a collection of the most aggressive music they had written in a decade, todeeply divided critical reviews and comparatively mediocre sales figures, though their 2004 "Madly In Anger With The World" tour in support of the album remained very successful. Metallica's next album, Death Magnetic, was released on September 12th, 2008, to some positive feedback. While few would say that Death Magnetic singlehandedly brought Metallica back to their thrash metal origins, many would agree that the album combined elements of their newer releases with cues from their classic albums. Unfortunately, the album was marred by poor production; how ironic that their "comeback" album is best appreciated via digitally pirating rips from the better sounding Guitar Hero audio tracks. « hide

Similar Bands: Megadeth, Motorhead, Anthrax, Exodus, Testament

LPs
Death Magnetic
2008

3.2
4,052 Votes
St. Anger
2003

2
4,681 Votes
Reload
1997

2.5
3,210 Votes
Load
1996

2.7
3,284 Votes
Metallica
1991

3.7
5,209 Votes
...And Justice for All
1988

4.2
5,174 Votes
Master of Puppets
1986

4.4
6,446 Votes
Ride the Lightning
1984

4.4
5,635 Votes
Kill 'Em All
1983

4
4,573 Votes
EPs
Beyond Magnetic
2011

3.2
395 Votes
Live At Grimey's
2010

3
29 Votes
Six Feet Down Under Part II
2010

2.9
27 Votes
Six Feet Down Under
2010

2.4
37 Votes
Some Kind of Monster
2004

2.5
418 Votes
The Unnamed Feeling
2004

2.6
215 Votes
Creeping Death/Jump in the Fire
1990

3.5
6 Votes
The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited
1987

3.7
321 Votes
Metal Up Your Ass
1982

4
143 Votes
No Life 'Til Leather
1982

3.7
179 Votes
Live Albums
Freeze 'Em All: Live In Antarctica
12/24/2013

3.2
3 Votes
Through the Never
09/24/2013

3.5
73 Votes
Orgullo, Pasion, Y Gloria
2009

3.9
42 Votes
S&M
1999

3.9
1,416 Votes
Live Shit: Binge & Purge
1993

4.4
621 Votes
Compilations
The Metallica Collection
2009

3.4
6 Votes
Coffin Box
2008

4.3
2 Votes
The Videos: 1989 - 2004
2006

3.5
40 Votes
Vinyl Box
2004

4.8
2 Votes
Garage Inc.
1998

3.4
1,156 Votes
The Good, The Bad & The Live
1990

4.3
2 Votes

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