Band's name origins
Ron Quintana, Ulrich's friend, suggested two names for the band: Metal Mania and Metallica. Obviously, Ulrich chose Metallica.
The beginning of a legend
Looking for musicians
Metallica was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1981, when Lars Ulrich, son of a professional tennis player, place an advertisement on a journal looking for metal musicians to play Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head and Iron Maiden songs. James Hetfield and Hugh Tanner, both guitarist, answered the advertisement.
Then, Ulrich asked Brian Slagel, a Metal Blade Records founder, for record a song for the upcoming Metal Massacrethe label's compilation. Slagel accepted and Hetfield became then the singer and rhythm guitar of the incomplete band.
A second advertisement was placed for a lead guitarist. Dave Mustaine answered, and, after seeing his expensive guitar equipment, Ulrich and Hetfield recruited him. Metallica recorded "Hit the Lights", its first original song, In 1982 for the Metal Massacre I compilation. Hetfield played bass on the song and Lloyd Grant was credited with a guitar solo.
In 1982 they played at Radio City in Anaheim, California with a new bassist, Ron McGovney, who early was replaced by Cliff Burton, who join Metallica with one condition: move the band to San Francisco.
In 1983, Metallica make the demo “Megaforce”.
Metal Blade was unable to cover the additional cost for a debut album that Metallica wanted to develop and they began looking for other options.
Johnny "Z" Zazula, a Concert promoter, offered to broker a record deal with Metallica and New York City-based record labels. Zazula borrowed the money to cover the record's recording budget and signed Metallica to his own label, Megaforce Records.
Bye bye Mustaine, hi Hammett
Band members decided to kick Mustaine out of the band due to drug and alcohol abuse, and violent behavior. Kirk Hammett flew in to replace Mustaine the same afternoon. Metallica's first show with Hammett was on April 16, 1983, at the nightclub The Showplace in Dover, New Jersey.
Start of a star. Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning
In 1983, Metallica traveled to Rochester, New York to record its first album Kill 'Em All. Released on Megaforce Records in the United States and Music for Nations in Europe, the album peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 120.
Metallica recorded its second studio album, Ride the Lightning, at Sweet Silence Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. Released in August 1984, the album peaked at number 100 on the Billboard 200.
The master arrives
Metallica's third studio album, Master of Puppets was released in March 1986. The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard 200, and spent 72 weeks on the chart. The album was the band's first to be certified gold on November 4, 1986, and was certified six times platinum in 2003. Following the release of the album, Metallica supported Ozzy Osbourne for a tour aaround the United States.
The bass death
On September 27, 1986, during the European leg of Metallica's Damage Inc. tour, Cliff Burton Dies on a accident. The bus in which they was traveling flip and lay right on him, causing his death.
Jason Newsted, from Flotsam and Jetsam, replaced him.
The members took it on themselves to "initiate" Newsted by tricking him into eating a ball of wasabi
A video titled Cliff 'Em All was released in 1987 commemorating Burton's three years in Metallica. Footage included bass solos, home videos, and pictures.
There's a little part of Cliff 'Em All
…And Justice for All, the group's first studio album since Burton's death, was released in 1988. The album was a commercial success, peaking at number six on the Billboard 200, entering for first time to the top 10. The album was certified platinum nine weeks after its release.
In 1989, Metallica received its first Grammy Award nomination for …And Justice for All, in the new Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance Vocal or Instrument category. Metallica was the favorite to win; however, the award was given to Jethro Tull for the album Crest of a Knave.
Three years later, Ulrich referred to the award when accepting a Grammy for "Enter Sandman" stating "We gotta thank Jethro Tull for not putting out an album this year."
In October 1990, Metallica recorded their first album with Bob Rock, Metallica (also known as “The Black Album”). This album was remixed three times, cost the band 1 million of dollars and ended three marriages.
The album released in 1991, bringing Metallica to the number 1 on the Billboard 200.
This album started the “Wherever We May Roam Tour”, that lasted 14 months and included dates in the United States, Japan and England.
Load, ReLoad, Garage Inc., and S&M
Metallica returned to the studio to write and record its sixth studio album. The band took a break in the summer of 1995 and played three outdoor shows. The short tour was titled Escape From The Studio '95. The band spent roughly one year writing and recording new songs, resulting in the release of Load in 1996, which entered the Billboard 200 and ARIA Charts at number one, marking the band's second number one.
During early production of the album, the band had produced enough material for a double album. It was decided that half of the songs were to be released, and the band would continue to work on the remaining songs and release them the following year. This resulted in the follow-up album, ReLoad.
In 1998, Metallica compiled a double album of cover songs titled Garage Inc.. The first disc contained newly recorded covers by bands such as Diamond Head, The Misfits, or Black Sabbath. The second disc featured the original “The $5.98 E.P.: Garage Days Re-Revisited”, which had become a scarce collectors' item. The album entered the Billboard 200 at number two.
On 1999, Metallica recorded two performances with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen, who had previously worked with producer Rock on "Nothing Else Matters". Metallica wrote two new Kamen-scored songs for the event, "No Leaf Clover" and "-Human". The audio recording and concert footage were released in 1999 as the album and concert film S&M. It entered the Billboard 200 at number two, and the Australian ARIA charts and Top Internet Albums chart at number one.
Newsted's leave and ST. Anger
Newsted left the band on January 17, 2001. His statement revealed his departure was based on "private and personal reasons, and the physical damage I have done to myself over the years while playing the music that I love."
Metallica held auditions for Newsted's permanent replacement in early 2003, after St Anger 's completion, for which Bob Rock recorded bass. Following three months of auditions, Robert Trujillo, from of Suicidal Tendencies and Ozzy Osbourne's band, was chosen as the new bassist. As Metallica moved on, Newsted joined Canadian thrash metal band Voivod, and was Trujillo's replacement in Osbourne's band during the 2003 Ozzfest tour, which included Voivod as part of the touring bill.
In June 2003, Metallica's eighth studio album, St. Anger, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and drew mixed reaction from critics. Ulrich's "steely" sounding snare drum, and the absence of guitar solos received particular criticism.
The title track, "St. Anger", won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance in 2004, and was used as the official theme song for WWE's SummerSlam 2003.
“The Videos 1989–2004” and step down of Bob Rock
In December 2006, Metallica released a DVD containing all the music videos from 1989 to 2004. The DVD, titled “The Videos 1989–2004”.
This DVD sold 28,000 copies in its first week, and entered the Billboard Top Videos chart at number three
This year, Metallica announced on its official website that after 15 years Bob Rock was stepping down and would not be producing Metallica's next studio album. Metallica chose to work with producer Rick Rubin, producer of Slipknot, Slayer or System of a Down.
Metallica set the release date for the album Death Magnetic as September 12, 2008, and they filmed a music video for the first single "The Day That Never Comes", but a French record store began selling copies of Death Magnetic two weeks before of its scheduled worldwide release date, resulting in the album being made available on peer-to-peer clients.
Death Magnetic debuted at number one in many countries to make it top the Australian, Canadian, Mexican and European album chart. Selling 490,000 units in the United States to debut at number one, Metallica became the first band to have five consecutive studio albums debut at number one in the history of the Billboard 200.
Death Magnetic is a return by Metallica to their mid-eighties heavy/thrash metal roots. It is more similar to Master of Puppets and ...And Justice for All rather than their more recent albums.
In November 2008, Metallica came to the end of their record deal with Warner Bros., and the band is now considering their options for the future and one of their options is to release their next album through the internet.
Recently, James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett were added to "Chop Shop's" list of "Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time" at number fourteen and twenty-six, respectively.
It had been announced that Metallica would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 4, 2009, and that former bassist Jason Newsted (who left the band in 2001), would perform with the band at the ceremony.
Now, some metallica's videos
Master of Puppets
Master of Puppets
Seek and destroy
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...AND THIS IS MY FAVOURITE GROUP!!!!!!!!!!! I HOPE YOU LIKE IT.
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