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This is discography of Metallica, a Los Angeles-based heavy metal band formed in 1981 by James Hetfield (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums). After several bassist and lead guitarist changes, the band settled on Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett, respectively. Metallica started playing locally, releasing their first widely circulated demo, No Life ’til Leather, in 1982. The demo caught the attention of Johny Zazula, who signed Metallica to Megaforce Records. The band released Kill ‘Em All in 1983, and the following year they released Ride the Lightning. In March 1986, the band released its third studio album, Master of Puppets, which was Metallica’s first album to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. While promoting the album, Burton was killed in a bus accident and replaced by Jason Newsted. …And Justice for All was released in August 1988 and peaked at number six on the Billboard 200.
Metallica’s fifth, self-titled album, often called The Black Album, was released in 1991 and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The band embarked on a two-year tour in support of the album. Metallica wrote enough material for a double album, but released it all as two separate albums, titled Load and Reload. After the release of a cover album and a live album, Newsted (who would later join Voivod) departed from the band. Metallica recorded St. Anger without an official bassist (bass parts were played by the band’s longtime producer Bob Rock). Robert Trujillo was hired as Metallica’s newest bassist in 2003. In 2008, the band released its ninth studio album, Death Magnetic.
In 2013, Metallica released the movie, Metallica: Through the Never, together with its soundtrack. After that had run its course, Metallica then planned to start writing for their tenth studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct, which was released on November 18, 2016.