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James Hetfield
James Hetfield has been the face and voice of Metallica since the very beginning. When fans think of Metallica, it’s impossible not to hear Hetfield’s signature growl ring through their ears. He embodies all that is mighty Metallica. Born on Aug. 3, 1963, to parents Cynthia and Virgil,…
Lars Ulrich
The legendary Metallica would never have even come into existence if it wasn’t for drummer and co-founder Lars Ulrich. In 1981, Ulrich posted an advertisement in the Los Angeles newspaper ‘The Recycler.’ He was looking for other musicians to jam with. Because of that ad, history…
Happy birthday, Kirk!
Guitarist Kirk Hammett first crossed paths with Metallica in the early 1980s with a little band he co-founded known as Exodus. Opening up for Metallica a few times no doubt put Hammett on the band’s radar. In 1983, on the heels of the firing of original guitarist Dave Mustaine, Metallica aske…
Happy birthday, Rob!
At first glance, it seems like Robert Trujillo has been with Metallica since day one. He’s comfortable with the band during interviews and press conferences, his bass style fits perfectly with the rest of the crew and he absolutely owns the stage when he wants to during live shows. However, h…

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The 1980s
When discussing the history of Metallica, is there any better decade than the 1980s? Without it, fans wouldn’t even have the band, let alone albums like ‘Kill ‘Em All,’ ‘Ride the Lightning,’ ‘Master of Puppets‘ and ‘…And Justice f…
The 1990s
Riding the success of the 1980s, Metallica made a splash in the following decade with one of the greatest selling albums of all time, the 1991 self-titled disc affectionately known as The Black Album. Mix in a ton of awards here and there, a couple of worldwide tours, their first-ever box set releas…
The 2000s
Rehab, recording delays and the departure of their bassist all made the beginning of this decade a rocky one. Fans were unsure of the future of their favorite band, but fortunately for the world Metallica did what they do best: they overcame any and all obstacles that were in front of them and creat…
The 2010s
This decade isn’t even halfway through and Metallica has already made huge waves by collaborating with an unlikely musical partner, creating their own music festival and preparing to dominate Hollywood once again, this time in the form of a 3D movie covering some live performances. Whatȁ…

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