If you can some how incorporate the word
"metal" into the name of your rock band, then you are
automatically cool by default. Metallica is probably the
most recognizable thrash metal band in the history of heavy metal.
Metallica. The band formed back in 1981 in L.A. as vocalist/guitarist
James Hetfield responded to a newspaper advert published by drummer Lars
Ulrich. A second ad for a lead guitarist was answered by Dave
In 1982, Metallica recorded their first song, "Hit the
Lights", for a compilation album called Metal Massacre.
In 1983, due to drug abuse and violent behavior, Mustaine was fired
from the band and replaced by Kirk Hammett. Metallica's 1983 debut
album was originally titled Metal Up Your Ass, but due to label
contention, they agreed to change it to
All. Interestingly enough, this album was not
initially a hit record. However, by 1988, it had reached 120 on
the Billboard Top 200 as new fans began to dig up previous releases.
In 1984, Metallica released
Ride the Lightning.
This album charted at 100/200 and featured songs like "For Whom the Bell
Tolls", "Fade to Black", and "Creeping Death". In
1986, Metallica released
Master of Puppets, an album that reached 29 on the Billboard
Top 200. Many of you may remember the bus accident in 1986 that
killed Metallica's bass player, Cliff Burton. In 1988,
And Justice for All
released. This album was one of the most successful for
the band and earned them a Grammy nomination in 1989 (not to mention all
the airplay on MTV for the song "One"). The most successful?
The 1990 release, affectionately referred to as "The Black Album", hit
number 1 in 10 countries.
As the years have gone by, in between rehabs and lineup
changes, Metallica has continued
producing new material and touring the world. At the time of this
writing, the Metallica Discography was as follows:1983: Kill 'Em All
1984: Ride the Lightning
1986: Master of Puppets
1988: ...And Justice for All
2003: St. Anger
2008: Death Magnetic