Metallica is an American-based heavy metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, and currently, the band is based in San Rafael, California. The American metal band originated when guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement in The Recycler, which was posted by drummer Lars Ulrich. The two further recruited Ron McGovney to play bass and Dave Mustaine to play lead guitar. The name Metallica was suggested by Ron Quintana from Bay Area metal scene. Dave Mustaine was later fired from the original Metallica lineup due to drugs and alcoholism problems but was replaced by Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammet.
The band’s early releases comprised fast instrumentals, tempos, and hard line musicianship that placed them in the limelight. Metallica quickly earned huge growing fanbase within the underground musical community, with their critical acclaim coming in 1986 when they released the Master of Puppets album. However, Metallica’s commercial success breakthrough came in 1991 with the release of Metallica that its entrance at number one on the Billboard 200. After the release of the album Metallica, the band stretched out its musical direction in order to appeal further to the mainstream listeners. The release of St. Anger in 2000 alienated several fans when the band excluded guitar solos in addition to steel sounding snare drum despite reaching number one on the Billboard 200.
After gaining a solid fan base relative to a cult following, most fans were unable to identify with other contemporary pop metal bands of the time. This solid cult following made them famous for their sophisticated and multifaceted song structures mixed with serious lyrics, which targeted the youths obsessions with despair, death, anger, and fear. The band’s lyrics centered on deeper questions concerning drug addiction, political violence, justice and retribution, and mental illness. Their debut album, ‘Kill ‘Em All,' comprises songs laced with the lawless catharsis of obscurity such as ‘Seek and Destroy’ that complains about the mindless street violence, while ‘No Remorse’ looks at the insanity of war.
Since the formation of the band, Metallica has released two live albums, twenty music videos, nine studio albums, and forty-four singles. They have also won nine Grammy Awards in addition to having five consecutive albums debuting at the top on the Billboard 200. Metallica is the only American-based metal pop music and to achieve such success. The band has since sold more than fifteen million copies in the US alone, and over 22 million copies worldwide. Therefore, Metallica is the 25th highest selling album in the United States. Furthermore, the band has sold more than 100 million records all over the world since the Death Magnetic album in 2008. However, Metallica was initiated into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when they organized the Sonisphere Festival in 2009, in which they toured many cities in Europe. Metallica has continued to thrill its fan base with heavy metal tunes and is continuing to produce more music and international tours around the world.