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Which Metallica studio album is your favourite?
Kill 'Em All - 1983
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Ride the Lightning - 1984
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Master of Puppets - 1986
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...And Justice for All - 1988
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Metallica (The Black Album) - 1991
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Load - 1996
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ReLoad - 1997
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St. Anger - 2001
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Death Magnetic - 2008
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Metallica. In my opinion, the greatest Thrash Metal band in the world. The biggest and most widely recognised of the Big Four of Thrash (consisting of Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer).

Formed in 1981, when the drummer, Lars Ulrich, posted an ad in a Los Angeles newspaper asking for other metal musicians to play songs by bands such as Iron Maiden and Diamond Head. James Hetfield replied to the ad and he became the rhythm guitarist and singer five months after meeting. A second ad was placed in another newspaper looking for a lead guitarist. Dave Mustaine heeded that call. In early 1982, Metallica recorded their first song, Hit the Lights, for a compilation album of Metal songs.

From this compilation, they managed to book a gig in March with the newly found bassist Ron McGovney. Later that year, Hetfield and Ulrich saw a man named Cliff Burton play the bass in his own band. They were blown away by his skill and asked him to join as a replacement for Ron, who they claimed only followed the band and did not contribute. At the end of the year, Burton accepted on the condition that the band move to San Fransisco.

The new line up of Metallica performed their first San Fransisco concert at the nightclub The Stone in 1983. Many fans consider this the first proper Metallica gig. In May 1983, Metallica travelled to New York to record their first album, Metal Up Your Ass. Band members, however, were growing tired with lead guitarist Dave Mustaine's frequent drug and alcohol abuse and thus, sadly, kicked him from the band. Exodus guitarist, Kirk Hammett, flew in to replace Mustaine the same afternoon. Dave Mustaine then went on to become the vocalist and lead guitarist of rival band, Megadeth. Mustaine and Metallica had a bitter feud that lasted for decades.

Metallica's first show with Hammett was in April 1983. However, Metallica's record label refused to release Metal Up Your Ass under It's current name, and thus they changed it to Kill 'Em All. Well known songs included: Hit the Lights, Seek & Destroy, The Four Horsemen and Anesthesia. The album peaked at Number 120 on the Billboard 200 in 1988 and, although the album was not a financial success, it earned Metallica the respect and fans they needed on the Metal scene. The band embarked on the Kill 'Em All For One tour with Raven to promote the album. In February 1984, Metallica supported Venom in the Netherlands, where they played to over 7,000 people.

Metallica recorded and released their second album, Ride the Lightning, in August 1984. Well known songs included: For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, Fade to Black and Ride the Lightning. Metallica embarked on It's first major European tour with Tank to an average crowd of 1,300 fans. The band played their largest crowd at the Monsters of Rock festival in August 1985, with the likes of Bon Jovi and Ratt, playing in front of 70,000 people. A show in California then saw them play in front of 60,000 people.

Metallica's third album, and arguably their most famous and popular, was released in March 1986, named Master of Puppets. Well known songs included: Master of Puppets, Orion, Sanitarium and Battery. The album peaked at Number 29 on the Billboard 200 and stayed there for 72 weeks. This was to be the first of the band's albums to be certified Gold in 1986 and was certified six-times-Platinum in 2003. They then went on to support Ozzy Osbourne for his American tour.

On September 1986, during the band's Damage Inc. tour, members drew cards to see which bunk bed of the tour bus they would sleep in. Bassist, Cliff Burton, won and chose to sleep in Kirk Hammett's bunk. Around dawn, when the band was fast approaching Sweden, the bus driver lost control and skidded, which caused the bus to flip several times. Ulrich, Hammett and Hetfield suffered no serious injuries, but Burton was pinned under the bus and killed. With the family's blessing, the band sought a new bassist to replace who some consider to be one of the greatest bassists ever to live.

Jason Newsted auditioned for the band and learned every one of Metallica's set list. Impressed, the band hired him as Burton's replacement. A video entitled Cliff 'Em All was released to commemorate Burton's three years in the band. The first studio album to be released since Burton's death was ...And Justice for All in 1988. Well known songs included: One, Dyers Eve, ...And Justice for All and The Shortest Straw. The album was a commercial success and peaked at Number 6 on the Billboard 200. However, not many fans were happy with the album. Ulrich's drums were more clicking than thudding, the guitars were tinny and the bass lines could never be heard. Many put this down to the band's lack of focus following Burton's death. The Damaged Justice tour followed to support the album.

In 1989, Metallica received their first Grammy nomination for ...And Justice for All but the award was given to Jethro Tull instead, sparking controversy. Metallica were waiting backstage to receive their award after just playing One and Jethro Tull's manager had even advised his client not to turn up, as he expected Metallica to win.

Metallica also made their first music video for the song One and it aired on MTV for several weeks. This was the viewers first taste of Metallica. It was voted Number 38 in 1999 on MTV's top 100 Videos of All Time. The band then went into recording for their fifth album, titled Metallica, or the Black Album. Well known songs included: Enter Sandman, The Unforgiven, Sad But True and Wherever We May Roam.

Although the album was delayed until 1991, ended three marriages and cost $1,000,000, it reached Number 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 650,000 units in the first week. It was this album that brought Metallica to the mainstream audience and has since been certified fifteen-times-Platinum, making it the US's 26th highest selling album of all time. The band then went on the Wherever We May Roam tour to promote the album.

On August 1992, whilst co-headlining with Guns N Roses, there was a terrible mix up with the pyrotechnics crew, and Hetfield ended up walking into a 12-foot flame during the song Fade to Black. Newsted recalls that his skin was "bubbling" and he had suffered third degree burns. He was unable to play guitar for the rest of the tour, although he continued to sing.

After almost 3 years supporting the Black Album, including a headline performance at Woodstock '94, Metallica returned to the recording studio. The band took a short break in 1994 to play some outdoor shows in places such as Donington Park, England, with names such as Slayer, Corrosion of Conformity and Slash's Snakepit. In 1996, Load, the band's sixth album, was released. Well known songs included: King Nothing, Until it Sleeps, Hero of the Day and Mama Said. The album became the band's second to reach Number 1 on the Billboard 200.

The band had produced enough material for a double album, and thus released ReLoad the following year. Well known songs included: Fuel, The Memory Remains, The Unforgiven II and Better Than You. Metallica played on NBC's Saturday Night Live in December 1997 to promote the album, performing Fuel and The Memory Remains.

In 1998, Metallica created a double album of compilation songs named Garage Inc.. It contained covers of songs from bands such as Diamond Head, Thin Lizzy, Mercyful Fate and Black Sabbath. The album reached Number 2 on the Billboard 200. In 1999, Metallica played with the San Fransisco Symphony Orchestra, recorded two songs especially for the concert, including No Leaf Clover. They released a concert film album named S&M, which reached Number 2 on the Billboard 200.

In 2000, Metallica discovered that their entire music collection could be downloaded freely from the peer-to-peer website, Napster. Metallica, headed by drummer Lard Ulrich, filed for a lawsuit against the website for copyright infringement. In an uproar across the musical society, rapper Dr Dre also joined the lawsuit case against Napster. However, in 2002, Napster filed for bankruptcy.

As plans were made to enter the studio once more, the bassist, Jason Newsted, left the band in 2001. Then, before the album could begin once again, Hetfield went into rehab for alcohol addiction. In December, Hetfield returned and St.Anger was released. In early 2003, Metallica began holding auditions for Newsted's replacement. Following months of tryouts, Robert Trujillo, formerly of Suicidal Tendencies and Ozzy Osbourne, was singled out.

The band was impressed with Trujillo's ability to play the fast bass riffs of Battery with his fingers, just like Burton used to play, without using a plectrum, like Newsted was forced to. They said that he was the closest bassist to Burton they had ever seen and that he was the only auditionee who didn't look out of his depth.

St.Anger peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard 200 and well known songs included: Frantic, St. Anger, Some Kind of Monster and The Unnamed Feeling. However, the album received mixed reviews from critics, who said that the album suffered from Ulrich's snare drum and the lack of guitar solos. The title song, St.Anger, won Best Metal Performance at the Grammys in 2004.

Before the band played at the Download Festival in England in 2004, Ulrich was rushed to hospital after having an anxiety seizure. The band thought that replacements couldn't be found at such short notice, but Slayer drummer, Dave Lombardo, and Slipknot drummer, Joey Jordison, both quickly volunteered.

The band then spent most of 2005 with their family, only playing two shows at the AT&T Park, opening for The Rolling Stones in November. In December 2006, Metallica released a DVD containing all their music videos, entitled The Videos 1989-2004. It sold 25,000 copies in It's first week and went to Number 3 on the Billboard Top Videos chart. Metallica recorded a Metal cover of Ennio Morricone's orchestral piece, The Ecstasy of Gold, as seen from the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, in 2007 for the compilation album We All Love Ennio Morricone. The band has been playing a recording of The Ecstasy of Gold as an opening to their live shows since 1983.

In 2008, Metallica set the release date for their next album, Death Magnetic, for September, after recording the music album for The Day That Never Comes. The album was released to outstanding reviews. It peaked at Number 1 in Australia, Canada, Mexico, Europe and America and it has made the band the ONLY band to have five consecutive Number 1's on the Billboard 200. Metallica was also the only artist to stay at Number 1 for three weeks. Overall, it became Number 1 in 32 separate countries.

Many critics have praised Death Magnetic, which is famous for It's songs: The Day That Never Comes, All Nightmare Long, That Was Just Your Life and The Unforgiven III, as being a return to their 80's Thrash Metal roots.

In April 2009, the band were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a centre which inducts famous bands and artists 25 years after their initial first recording. Both Jason Newsted and Rob Trujillo played on stage, and Cliff Burton's dad, Ray, accepted the award on his behalf. Metallica, trying to patch up their differences with Dave Mustaine, invited him to join them, but he declined.

The band also released two live DVD's from shows in Mexico City, Mexico, and Nimes, France. Lars Ulrich has said that the band has no plans to record a tenth album yet, but they are thinking that they will get to work in the second half of 2011. Metallica's World Magnetic Tour earned them over $76,000,000 and they have earned over $227,000,000 from tours alone since 2000.

In an iconic and extremely shocking move, the Big Four of Thrash were united for a small select of concerts in June 2010 in Poland. The lineup even included Dave Mustaine, who hugged James Hetfield on stage to thunderous applause.

Over the years, as you can tell, Metallica has been, in my humble opinion, the biggest Metal band in existence. And, quite frankly, their latest album has some of THE finest songs I have ever heard in my life. Every last note is perfect; every word is angelically placed. They have inspired millions and have sold over 100,000,000 albums worldwide. They have even inspired some of the greats, from bands such as Korn, Godsmack, Machine Head, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Mastodon, Apocalyptica, Avril Lavigne, Snoop Dogg (of all people!) and Limp Bizkit.

Now then, that's enough of my amazing ranting, what do you think of the greatest Metal band of all time?

Oh yeah, thanks for reading Smile

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Voted! and wat a history but ewven then a sad way to go for Cliff Sad RIP
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