Band originally started in the San Francisco area of California. They used to play a style of metal known as speed metal or thrash metal, characterized by it's blindingly fast guitar riffs, although now they have slowed down a bit and a regarded by many to have sold out.
They have produced 7 original albums, but have 9 LPs. They started off great with Kill 'Em All
, Ride the Lightning
, and Master of Puppets
. They were still good when they released ...And Justice for All
and The Black Album
, but have since faded and slowed down with Load
. After releasing those two albums they have since released Garage, Inc.
, a collection of various covers and S&M
, a collaboration with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
. This collaboration isn't a terrible thing, but I don't think it did anything for Metallica.
Metallica has 4 members: James Hetfield
, Jason Newsted
, Lars Ulrich
, and Kirk Hammett
. Former members include the late Cliff Burton
, Dave Mustaine
fame, and Ron McGovney