As one of the most well renowned heavy metal bands in America’s history, Metallica has been recognized for rejuvenating the face of their genre. The band was born in October of 1981 in Los Angeles, California. The current members include lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, vocalist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, and bass player Jason Newsted.
After losing their lead bass player Cliff Burton to a tragic tour bus accident in 1986, Metallica went through a period of grieving, and it reflected deeply in their music. The lyrics were devoted to war, censorship, and various other political issues that usually weren’t discussed in song during this period of time. Fans from around the world took to the new style music at a rapid rate, because it was unique, and different from the other rock/metal bands in the industry at the time. Their cult like following launched them into a world of success.
Originally performing small, community-based shows, the bands popularity grew at an overwhelming rate, and they currently have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, with over 60 million sales in The U.S. alone. Metallica’s fifth album titled The Black Album was released in 1991, and it held the number one spot on the Billboard 200 for several consecutive weeks. This album was so popular that the band then launched a two-year tour to humor their fans. In 2013, the band decided to release an unexpected movie titled “Metallica: Through the Never,” and in 2016 released their tenth studio album titled Hardwired…To Self-Destruct. To this day, the band continues to maintain a massive, admirable following, and they even have a 2017 world tour which is scheduled to launch in May.