Thrash Metal (Heavy Metal) band from Los Angeles, California (USA).

Metallica formed in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The duo first met through an ad in a Los Angeles-based music newspaper. At the time, Ulrich had little musical experience and no band but managed to secure a slot on an upcoming compilation record called “Metal Massacre”. Metallica’s contribution, “Hit The Lights”, featured Hetfield, Ulrich and lead guitarist Lloyd Grant. Afterwards, Ron McGovney became the band's bassist and Dave Mustaine joined the band as lead guitarist. This line-up would re-record "Hit The Lights" for subsequent re-pressings of "Metal Massacre" and would also issue several demos. In 1983, McGovney quit the group and was replaced by Cliff Burton, which also saw the band relocate to San Francisco. Metallica then traveled to New York after signing a deal with Megaforce Records. However, once in New York, the band fired Mustaine. It would mark the beginning of a long feud between Mustaine and Metallica, mostly fueled by remarks Mustaine would make to the press. Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett of Exodus (6).

Metallica's debut LP, "Kill 'Em All", was released in 1983. It was followed in 1984 by "Ride The Lightning". This led to a major label deal with Elektra. In 1986, the band released "Master Of Puppets", which is considered by many to be one of the greatest heavy metal records of all time. In September of that year, while on tour in Sweden, the band was involved in a bus accident which took the life of Cliff Burton. Eventually, Jason Newsted (of Flotsam And Jetsam) was hired as the band's new bassist and he made his debut on 1987's "Garage Days Re-Revisited", an EP of cover tunes.

In 1990, Metallica hooked up with producer Bob Rock for a self-titled release that would become better known as "The Black Album", due to its cover art. Released in 1991, the black album would become one of the best-selling rock albums of all time, selling over 16 million copies in the US alone.

In 1996, the band experimented with Rock music style Alternative Rock, this could be heard on the album "Load". The following year, "Reload" appeared which had the similiar formula as ''Load''. The albums continued the band’s trend of more accessible music. In 1999, the group released an album and accompanying film called "S&M", which featured Metallica performing their songs with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

In 2001, as the band was preparing to begin work on a new album, Newsted quit the group, citing personal and musical reasons. Work on the new album was further complicated when Hetfield entered rehab for alcohol abuse. The album, called "St. Anger", was eventually completed in 2003 with producer Bob Rock handling the bass. Upon its release, "St. Anger" drew mostly negative reviews. Following the recording, Robert Trujillo, formerly of Suicidal Tendencies, was hired as bassist. The making of the album was captured in the documentary “Some Kind Of Monster”.

In 2008, "Death Magnetic", produced by Rick Rubin, would surface and was hailed by many as Metallica's return to thrash metal. The following year, Metallica was inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. Former bassist Jason Newsted was present and Cliff Burton's father appeared on Cliff's behalf. Dave Mustaine, who was not inducted, was invited to the ceremony by the band but declined to attend. In 2011, Metallica collaborated with Lou Reed on the album, “Lulu”, which was largely panned by critics and ignored by consumers.

Metallica Discography


Metallica No Life 'Til Leather Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) US 1982 Sell This Version
none Metallica Live Metal Up Your Ass(Cass) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 1982 Sell This Version
Metallica Kill 'Em All (Album) Megaforce Records US 1983 Sell This Version
Metallica Ride The Lightning (Album) Megaforce Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Metallica Master Of Puppets (Album) Elektra, Elektra UK 1986 Sell This Version
Metallica ...And Justice For All (Album, Single) Elektra, Elektra US 1988 Sell This Version
Metallica Metallica (Album, MiniAlbum, Single) Elektra, Elektra Canada 1991 Sell This Version
Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge (Album) Elektra, Elektra Video US 1993 Sell This Version
Metallica Load (Album) Elektra US 1996 Sell This Version
FC-001 Metallica Fan Can 1(Box, Ltd + CD + VHS, NTSC) The Metallica Club FC-001 US 1996 Sell This Version
Metallica Reload (Album) Elektra Turkey 1997 Sell This Version
FC-002 Metallica Fan Can 2(CD + VHS, NTSC + Box, Ltd) The Metallica Club FC-002 US 1997 Sell This Version
Metallica Garage Inc. (Album, Comp) Elektra South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
Metallica Fan Can 3 The Metallica Club US 1998 Sell This Version
JJJ-MET Metallica Poor Touring Me(CD, Promo) Vertigo, Mercury JJJ-MET Australia 1998 Sell This Version
Metallica S&M (Album) Elektra France 1999 Sell This Version
542 216-2 Metallica With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra Metallica With Michael Kamen Conducting The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra - S&M(2xCD, Album) Vertigo 542 216-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
FC-004 Metallica Fan Can 4(Box, Ltd + CD + VHS, NTSC) The Metallica Club FC-004 US 2001 Sell This Version
Metallica St. Anger (Album) Elektra, Elektra US 2003 Sell This Version
none Metallica Seattle, WA, Key Arena, March 28, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica Vancouver, BC, General Motors Place, March 26, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena, March 21, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica San Francisco, CA, Cow Palace, March 8, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica Glasgow, Scotland, Glasgow Green, June 2, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica Reno, NV, Lawlor Events Center, March 11, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004

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February 20, 2017
Live at The Palace of Auburn Hills 4 x Vinyl currently listed on ebay uk if anyone is interested, ending today. Looks in good condition.


February 18, 2017
I feel like there should be 'Live Albums' and 'Studio Albums' categories rather than just an 'Albums' category - that's more something the people who run the site should be able to do, rather than the users. Metallica's page is not the only one that's a mess!


February 8, 2017
I really wanted to start right away with editing all this album mess. Where do i edit the category? From album to maybe live, misc., anything else?


January 26, 2017
Can any one please do something about that discography? This is a mess.


January 19, 2017
edited 5 months ago
"Without Motorhead Metallica wouldn't of existed" excalimed Hetfield on the passing of one of rocks true legends....Lemmy.
Whilst it would be unfair to judge these guys to Motorhead, Metallica were one of the most influential, engaging, vital, enduring and just plain rad bands of the past two decades, San Francisco's Metallica rule all that is metal. Their inexhaustible energy and masterful riffage have the uncanny ability to compel metalheads, indie geeks, hippies and punks to simultaneously pump their fists in the air. Combining genre-defining Speed Metal with spit-in-your-face punk attitude, Metallica provided perfect crossover material for millions of disaffected youth, garnering the band a legion of fans as loyal as they are diverse.
The late 1990s found the group shifting toward a stripped down, blues-heavy style. The change tested the resolve of some headbanging fans, but tens of thousands of Metali-friends new and old still show up to every sold out show, knowing that they will leave completely satisfied.


January 17, 2017
edited 4 months ago
Agree with that !! This is foolish !! In this way it's not a discography is a chaos....


January 2, 2017
Agree with the below, The live shows need to get their own category, the way it is organised right now the discography is completely messed up!!!


December 13, 2016
Please Admin. Make Digital Releases to a New Category. Like 66Crush mentione. It's Really hard to keep track of Metallicas Releases.


December 2, 2016
digital live releases need moved to compilations or a completely different category. This discography is a mess because of those.


November 29, 2016
If discogs does not sell or trade digital format releases, then explain the Metallica discography. Perplexing....

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