METALLICA has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling bands in the world. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California by guitarist Lars Ulrich and singer James Hetfield. They later added guitarist Ron McGuvney. Their career began with a thrash metal style, but changed to a more modern, hard rock style.
Their first album, Kill ‘Em All, was released in 1983. It featured unique musical style and lyrics that inspired other bands. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1989 for Best Metal Performance. It was also a critical success and sold a lot of records.
Their next album, Ride the Lightning, showcased their creativity and amazing performances. It earned them a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance and sold six million copies worldwide. The album also sold a few million copies in the United States. The album is now considered a classic.
Metallica’s self-titled fourth studio album was released on September 7, 1988. It was longer than their previous studio albums and features songs that have earned them their first Grammy Award. Featuring songs such as “To Live is to Die”, “One”, and “Creeping Death”, the album was also considered a breakthrough.
Their fifth studio album, The Black Album, was released in 1991. It was the band’s most commercially successful album to date. It was certified platinum by the RIAA after a couple weeks of sales. The album reached the top of the charts in 57 countries, including the U.S.