"Metallica" is an heavy metal band that was founded in 1981 in the in Los Angeles area. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an ad in a local newspaper, Metallica's line-up has consisted mainly of Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and singer James Hetfield, and lead guitar player Kirk Hammett. The group has had a number of bass players through the years with Robert Trujillo currently filling that position.
The band picked up a fan base among the underground music community and earned accolades from critics, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and "heavy" thrash metal albums.
The group achieved commercial success with Metallica during 1991, which muscled its way onto the scene at the number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical horizons and was obviously appealing to a more mainstream following.
Even after reaching number one on the Billboard 200, the release of St. Anger alienated some fans by excluding guitar solos and the "steel-sounding" snare drum. "Metallica" has released an impressive 9 studio albums, 2 live albums, 2 EPs, 24 music videos, and 45 singles. The band has also won nine Grammy Awards, and has had five consecutive albums debut at number one on the Billboard 200, the only band to ever achieve that distinction.
The group's 1991 album, Metallica, has sold over 15 million copies in the U.S. and 22 million copies worldwide, which makes it the 25th-highest-selling album in the country. "Metallica" has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide as of the release of their latest album Death Magnetic.