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Drummer Lars Ulrich
originally set the wheels of Metallica in motion when he placed an ad in an LA
paper looking for musicians to "jam with Tygers of Pan Tang, Diamond Head
and Iron Maiden", and teamed with guitarist James Hetfield in 1981. It
resulted in the formation of one of the few metal bands to break into the
mainstream and stay there as they asserted themselves as one of the world's
biggest-selling bands. Initially joined by lead guitarist Dave Mustaine, who
was replaced by Kirk Hammett in 1983 when Mustaine left to form Megadeth,
Metallica released two unsuccessful albums before unleashing the influential Master
of Puppets
in 1986. Overcoming the death of original bass player Cliff
Burton, they brought on Jason Newsted. That line-up released 1988’s …And
Justice for All,
a top 5 hit in many countries that laid the groundwork for
the breakthrough commercial success of their 1991 self-titled LP which went to
number 1 in the United States and in several European countries. They followed
it up with the chart toppers Load and Reload, before tensions
within the band led to the ousting of Newsted in 2001. They recorded 2003’s St.
Anger
mostly as a trio before adding Robert Trujillo to take on bass duties
full-time, a chapter recorded in the documentary Metallica: Some Kind of
Monster
. Though it divided fans, the album again hit number 1 around the
world, as did 2008’s Death Magnetic and 2016’s Hardwired…to
Self-Destruct.
Though they were one of the most influential metal act of
their era, they challenged themselves and their fans on interesting collaborations
including backing Lou Reed on the arty Lulu in 2011, and a pair of
albums recorded with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, 1999’s S&M
and 2020’s S&M2.