Metallicawas formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. The band became one of the most successful mucic acts of the recent years. They are considered as one of the “Big Four” pioneers of this style of music. The other three of the four are Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth. The group has sold over 90 million records worldwide. This includes 57 million albums in the United states alone. The group consists of James Hetfield (vocal and guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drummer). The band went through many members in the beginning . The band’s music was inspired by groups known as Deep purple, Black Sabbath, DiamondHead, Motorhead, Saxon, Thin Lizzy, Queen, Mercyful Fate, Venom, and others. The most influential was the British metal bands. They also admired the punk bands such as The Misfits, Zeroption, and The Ramones and also UK hardcore bands such as Discharge.
The group asked Dave Mustaine to join them as their full time lead guitar player. Several demos were recorded in March and April, 1982.A few months later they recorded a full demo called, No Life ‘Til Leather. Then the group went on to release a live demo called, Metal Up Your Ass. Later that year Ron McGovney left the band and Cliff Burton was asked to join the group. Burton said he would if the band would relocate to Castro valley, California. They recorded the Megaforce demo. After they were established in that area they traveled to the New York Tri-State region in 1983. The band signed with Megaforce Records. Shortly after that Ulrich and Hetfield decided that Mustaine’s aggressive behavior (because of alcohol and drugs) was just too much so Mustaine was released. Kirk Hammet from the band Exodus was his replacement.
In 2000, metallica found out that a demo of their song, I Disappear, was being distributed by Napster P2P file sharing network. The song was not even finished and it was also supposed to be released in combination with the Mission Impossible II soundtrack. Then they discovered that their whole catalogue was available. The band sued Napster, and demanded that 300,000 Napster users be found guilty for trading Metallica songs and that they be banned from the network. Metallica was publicly ridiculed for their actions because it seems that they had gotten their start via underground trading of bootleg recordings.
Metallica was ranked by MTV as the 3rd Greatest Heavy Metal Band In History and was listed as number 5 on the 100 Greatest Artists of hard Rock. The band will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. The three albums by Metallica that appeared in the 100 Greatest Rock Albums Ever were Ride the Lightening, Metallica, and Master of Puppets.
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