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Founding date

: 1981

Founding place

: LA, California, US


: 36 years ago


  • American heavy metal band formed in L.A., California
How old is Metallica in 2017? 36 years
Where was Metallica founded?LA, California, US

Who is Metallica? / Facts

  • The band was formed in 1981 when vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield responded to an advertisement posted by drummer Lars Ulrich in a local newspaper
  • Metallica's current line-up comprises founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo
  • Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band
  • The band's fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship placed them as one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer
  • Metallica earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and won critical acclaim with its first four albums; their third album Master of Puppets (1986) was described as one of the most influential and heaviest of thrash metal albums
  • The band expanded its musical direction and achieved substantial commercial success with its eponymous fifth album Metallica (1991), which resulted in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience
  • The album was also their first to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, a success that they also achieved on their following four studio albums
  • In 2000, Metallica joined with other artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the band's copyright-protected material without consent from the band
  • A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service

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