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 and ReLoad. 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 of Megadeth fame, and Ron McGovney.