Metallica is an American heavy metal band that first rose to prominence in the 1980s with albums such as Kill 'Em All (1983) and Master of Puppets (1986). The band was formed in 1981 by guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.
In 1986 while they were on tour in Sweden, Metallica's tour bus got in an accident and overturned multiple times, and bassist Cliff Burton died. The band, which has historically been based out of San Francisco, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009.
The band has won nine Grammy awards. The current Metallica lineup consists of Hetfield, Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Along with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, Metallica is considered part of the Big Four of thrash metal.
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