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.
DJB 135 Metallica - Banzai Records Advance DJ Sampler album art Various Seek And Destroy Various - Banzai Records Advance DJ Sampler(12", Promo, Smplr) Banzai Records DJB 135 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
00555 Metallica -  Maxi Simple Para Difusion 45 R.P.M. album art Various Curso Acelerado De Cirugía Cerebral = Crash Course In Brain Surgery Various - Maxi Simple Para Difusion 45 R.P.M.(12", Maxi, Promo, Smplr) Mercury 00555 Argentina 1987 Sell This Version
866 209-2 Metallica - Phonogram-Jubilee-CD album art Various Enter Sandman Various - Phonogram-Jubilee-CD(CD, Single, Promo) Vertigo, Mercury 866 209-2 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
333 Metallica - Кругозор №12/1991 album art Various Один (as Металлика) Various - Кругозор №12/1991(6xFlexi, 7", Mono) Кругозор (2) 333 USSR 1991 Sell This Version
2801 566 Metallica - Disco Promocional Mix album art Various The Unforgiven Various - Disco Promocional Mix(12", Promo) Mercury 2801 566 Brazil 1992 Sell This Version
ME001 - 005 Metallica - Main Event Promo EP album art Various Justice For All (Excerpt) Various - Main Event Promo EP(7", EP, Unofficial) Main Event Records ME001 - 005 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
Metallica - Woodstock 94 album art Various For Whom The Bell Tolls Various - Woodstock 94 (Comp, Album) A&M Records, A&M Records Australia 1994 Sell This Version
Metallica - Living To Win album art Metällihead Too Late Too Late and 1 more… Metällihead - Living To Win Not On Label UK 2008 Sell This Version
WHITE03 Metallica - Lootbeg Vol II album art Various Master Of Puppets (Autodidakt Remix) Various - Lootbeg Vol II(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label WHITE03 Germany 2008 Sell This Version
GAGMASH002 Lady Gaga Enter Telephone Lady Gaga - The Mash-Ups Vol.2(12", Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label (Lady Gaga) GAGMASH002 Europe 2011 Sell This Version
none Metallica - Remixes album art Frontcore Battery (Frontcore Remix) Frontcore - Remixes(8xFile, WAV, EP) Not On Label none Ukraine 2015
LWMBBL-023 Metallica - Lethal Weapon Mashups, Blends, Breaks & Loops Vol. 23 album art Various Sandman Rockmore 2009 (Dj Audio 1) Various - Lethal Weapon Mashups, Blends, Breaks & Loops Vol. 23(12") Strictly Hits Vinyl Service LWMBBL-023 US Unknown Sell This Version
none Metallica - MI 2 (International Sampler) album art Various I Disappear Various - MI 2 (International Sampler)(CDr, EP, Promo, Smplr) Edel Music (France) none France Unknown Sell This Version

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December 1, 2018
There definitely needs to be a separate subsection for the unofficial releases, and live bootlegs. It is ridiculous trying to sort through the hundreds of "albums" to find an actual album.


November 18, 2018
If youre going to put the bootlegs up here front and center, you have to let us AT LEAST buy all of them. If it's "not available" to be sold on this site than take them off.


November 10, 2018
edited about 1 month ago
Please get rid of the unofficial releases. This is getting a little ridiculous.


October 19, 2018
I always wonder if the band made a conscious decision to not make any good music after the Black Album...


September 4, 2018
Metallica : 1983-1988. May they rest in peace ! Amen


August 18, 2018
My thoughts concerning the "official bootlegs" is pretty much like everyone else...this is ridiculous and needs to be re-categorized..


August 5, 2018
edited 4 months ago
It ain't just Metallica that have a messed up discography on Discogs, it's happened to 100's of bands and now the whole site has become a mess because of this insistence on mixing up all the different types of releases when it would be so much more simple to keep them in separate sections (like Wikipedia does)


August 1, 2018
Official releases really shouldn't include the official "unofficial" bootlegs, 17 pages is just insane. Just echoing the thoughts of the others when they should be split off.


July 28, 2018
This is sheer and utter madness!!! FLACs, MP3s and CDr "releases" should be classed separately (or in my opinion all non "physical" (hard copy) formats should be removed from this database altogether)
Please Discogs administrators do something


May 23, 2018
Why won't they split the releases? It seems like that idea is the consensus. Frigging 14 pages of 20xfile. You can't even sell them on DIscogs.

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