Metallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, 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 returned with "Load". The following year, "Reload" appeared. 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


none Metallica No Life 'Til Leather Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none 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
MRI 069 Metallica Kill 'Em All (Album, EP) Roadrunner Records MRI 069 US 1983 Sell This Version
CD MFN 27 Metallica Ride The Lightning (Album) Megaforce Records CD MFN 27 UK 1984 Sell This Version
RR 9717, MFN 60 Metallica Master Of Puppets (Album) Elektra, Elektra RR 9717, MFN 60 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
836062-2 Metallica ...And Justice For All (Album, Single) Elektra, Elektra 836062-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
510 022-2 Metallica Metallica (Album, MiniAlbum) Elektra, Elektra 510 022-2 UK 1991 Sell This Version
PRCD 8879-2 Metallica 15 Pieces Of Live Shit: Binge & Purge Elektra PRCD 8879-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
518 726-2, 518 727-2, 518 728-2, 518 729-2 Metallica Live Shit: Binge & Purge (Album) Elektra 518 726-2, 518 727-2, 518 728-2, 518 729-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
61923-4 Metallica Load (Album) Elektra 61923-4 US 1996 Sell This Version
SSTARCD 6537 Metallica Reload (Album) Elektra SSTARCD 6537 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
DARCD 3028 Metallica Garage Inc. (Album, Comp) Elektra DARCD 3028 South Africa 1998 Sell This Version
JJJ-MET Metallica Poor Touring Me(CD, Promo) Vertigo, Mercury JJJ-MET Australia 1998 Sell This Version
538 353-4 Metallica Garage Inc. Vol. 2(Cass, Album) PolyGram India Ltd., Vertigo 538 353-4 India 1998 Sell This Version
546 797-4 (546 799-4) Metallica S&M (Album, Comp) Elektra 546 797-4 (546 799-4) Bulgaria 1999 Sell This Version
0602498653388 Metallica St. Anger (Album) Vertigo 0602498653388 Europe 2003 Sell This Version
none Metallica Seattle, WA, Key Arena, March 28, 2004(20xFile, FLAC, Club) 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, Club) 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
none Metallica Sacramento, CA, Arco Arena, March 10, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica September 4, 2004 Lubbock, TX, United Spirit Arena(21xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004
none Metallica Los Angeles, CA, Great Western Forum, March 6, 2004(20xFile, FLAC) Not On Label (Metallica Self-released) none US 2004

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April 22, 2016
At least these files should be moved into a separate category. They are not even albums, they are self release live shows offered by the band at:, compiling different songs from different albums and singles. I suggest moving them to "Miscellaneous". This way the discography would make more sense.


April 19, 2016
I AGREE WITH THE OTHERS. PLEASE REMOVE THE FLAC FILES FROM THE ALBUM SECTION. I can't imagine ANYONE thinking that this is fine the way it is.


April 18, 2016
How many years we have to wait until those stupid FLAC files get out from the "albums" section...
The biggest band deserves a proper discogs page as every other band here... Anyone in Discogs reading anything?


April 16, 2016
this fuckin' Files in Albums !! what is this superfluous and irritating.


April 30, 2013
Thank god for opinions, whether you like the first 3 or 5, you cant deny the impact Metallica has had on the music world. I will always enjoy this band, i enjoy every album, but thats me.


February 14, 2013
Yaawwwwn...all the comments about Metallica 'selling out' are utter garbage. At least they didn't make the same damn album over and over again like SO many of their contemporaries, which I consider to be 'selling out'. What does that even mean, anyway? i sell out every day when i go to work for money. i think metallica do things on their terms I think to follow up an album like 'Metallica' would have been a huge undertaking, and I really think people should give 'Load' a chance. When Metallica sued Napster in 2001 people seem to forget that they were echoing the sentiments of a lot of artists at the time, a time which was a very early period of downloading, I don't think it was about money I think it was about controlling their work. Things have certainly changed. Also keep in mind that they were also a band that actively encouraged taping and trading of live shows, anyway just my 2 cents.


February 2, 2013
No clue how many albums they released because I stopped keeping track after and justice for all....However, all the politics aside surrounding Metallica between their old fans, I was one during my youth, and involving the music and record industry that allowed this totally superb band to sell its soul and be raped in every vicious way by the powers that be, it is important for the health and well being of our children and the future of the human race, in general, to know the albums "Kill Them All," "Ride the Lightning," and "Master of Puppets." These 3 albums feature a chance to hear absolute perfection of a kind that hasnt been produced since the era of the classical period centuries before us. Perhaps without the saturation of our planet, with mega civilizations and subsequent retardation of cultures, allowed Beethoven, Mozart, Bach etc to produce as many masterpieces as they did in thier lifetimes.

Truly and sadly, there will never be a fresh sound again such as Metallica produced throughout the 80's. Any type of musicians / artists who try to create sound with the use of drums or a guitar can only hope to generate the sound of pure unadulterated bliss that was those albums. What they were able to accomplish with Cliff Burton was and is such an anomaly and quite frankly blows my mind! God bless you James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine and most of all thank the good lord for allowing me to enjoy the talents of Mr. Cliff Burton the one the only! may you rest at the seat of God playing your bass guitar for him and all of heaven


September 29, 2011
R.I.P.: Metallica, the greatest thrash metal band circa 1983-1988.


September 16, 2011
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Metallica, the most hypocrit band in the world. Metallica declared war on internet users in the Napster era (around 2001-2005). These miljonairs didn't want you to get their cheese music for free but instead they want you to pay way too much for a cd from their (big and very rich) record company. Lars "where there's a camera, there's me", was very active to criminalise just normal internet users, yet Metallica wants you to pay way to much for cd's and let their record company steal your money.

The stand that Metallica took was shortsighted and dumb. After the napster era, downloading and distributing music on the internet was becoming bigger and bigger but these guys just ignored it and tried to sue 16 year old kids wich were downloading.
At the time this position of Metallica was widley critized and was hurting sales because a lot of people boycotted them. In their dumb minds they really thought downloading and stealing was the same thing. It is not a coincidence that they are now very quit on downloading because they know they where wrong at the time.
Metallica is not here to entertain you or they are not the band who just likes to make good music. No. There are here because they want to make money. That's it.
And they try to steal it from kids. How pathetic can you be.


February 26, 2010
Metallica... Once heroes to me, now just part of the machine...

For me, Metallica released 3 essential albums: Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning and Master of Puppets.

In 1983 this band changed my life. Kill 'em All was such a great relief in a musical era filled with fake. I had already fled from mainstream-music by getting into hardrock and metal bands, but Metallica showed me there was something REAL out there, something that i could trust, made by people who felt the same and who didn't try to look like they were stars. They looked plain, streetwise. Nothing fancy. I loved that. AND they brought me the fastest and hardest music i had ever heard at the time, and i needed that...
Hell, the pics of James on the second album Ride the Lightning even gave me the courage to grow my hair long! I was 13 at the time, and i still haven't cut it!

Ride the Lightning brought some refinement in the sound, still fast, but heavier, thicker.
And some slower tracks. All in all, probably my favourite Metallica album.

At the time Master of Puppets was on the verge of release, there was a weekly metalshow on the radio, that gave us one new track for about 4 weeks, so i sat anxiously by the radio, ready to press 'record' on my tapedeck! What an exciting time that was!
And Master of Puppets didn't disappoint me, another great record by my heroes!

Then Cliff died in a crash with the tourbus, and as time would have it seem, with him the conscience of Metallica had gone...

...And Justice for All, the next album, wasn't bad, but it felt more detached, cleaner and with a thin tin sound. All very mechanical.
But it brought the first commercial success, in the form of 'One'.
Jason seemed to fit in just fine, the band had fun touring again, but Hetfield and Ulrich, always the leaders in the group, got more dominant, which shows in the fact that Jason's musical ideas hardly got through in the recordings...

Now Metallica had had their taste of commercial success, and to me it seemed they had a hard time dealing with that.
Only the comeout of it made my skin crawl!
The fifth, selftitled album, brought us a new Metallica, softer, cleaner, hit-sensitive and nothing streetwise anymore.
They had made an effort to get an IMAGE, new haircuts and all!
To me, they had become everything they had always fought against: POSERS!
But the world fell for it, and money took over. Metallica now was a machine, a business, having to keep making money to pay all their employees, thus allowing the band to get sucked in further and further...

James voice was the thing that annoyed me the most, he went from raw, in-your-face RAGE, to hollow, epic, airfilled DRAMA, sadly convincing a whole new generation of 'hard' commercial rock bands like Creed or Nickelback that that was the way to sing!
I can't stand it, and i can't imagine that Metallica would have gone this way if Cliff had still lived, he seemed to be the hardcore rocker with principles... But we'll never know, and Hetfield/Ulrich just might have kicked him out, who knows...

So now Metallica had found their new sound, which brought them money and fame, so the next records kind of sound the same. Never change a winning team, right?

Needless to say they had lost me, and a lot of the early fans along the way. Sad but true!
And in realizing this, Metallica decided to win us back with the St. Anger album.
They probably felt that they had lost their true fans, the ones without whom their great succes would have been impossible.
So, incapable of getting back to the fresh and free way of thinking and playing, they made a PLAN: Metallica had to get back to it's roots!
The way they got about it, was to fire Jason, the only one left in the band who just LIVED to make music, the only one i would give streetcredibility! Why? Because he had a sideproject, to overcome the great Metallica-pause!
James probably just forgot about his own hobbybands, which makes sense, he forgot how to have simple fun with the band anyway...

St. Anger eventually got released, and it had to convince us Metallica was back, but to me it didn't feel like a spontaneous album, it felt like a marketing-strategy, a scheme to win back the fans of old, and to give the new fans a reason for bragging with the 'real heavy' band they are supporting...

But i don't buy it.
The band is still posing, but now as a 'street-credible band'!

Metallica, just admit you're one of the dinosaurs now.
Don't try to convince us anymore, your credibility has been long gone.
Just feed the business, make the music you THINK the world wants to hear, but stop chipping away at that fantastic past.
Those days are gone, you are incapable of getting them back.
I understand that you miss them, i do too, but just MISS them, and let them be legend...

Meanwhile, thank whomever you want for bands like High On Fire, let's hope they'll never drown in success...

Sorry if i offended anyone with this piece, i don't mean to, but this is just the way i feel...
I woke up with this in my head, and had to get it out. Cheers.

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