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No band has defined and upheld the standards of ‘80s metal as much as Metallica. Even with the lineup changes, the new haircuts and the streamlined music that have marked the latter part of the ‘90s and ‘00s, Metallica earned their rep as one of rock’s post-‘70s innovators. They barreled out of the ‘80s’ metal scene with a tougher, faster and more abrasive thrash sound that put all of their California contemporaries to shame. Their third album, 1986’s ‘Master of Puppets,’ is a landmark recording of the genre. Four years later they entered the mainstream with their self-titled ‘Black Album,’ which made them stars and set in motion two decades of ambitious projects, including a live album with the San Francisco Symphony and a much-maligned collaboration with Lou Reed. Despite the bumps, they remain one of the best and most popular bands on the planet.

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Christopher Polk, Getty Images

Metallica’s First Lollapalooza Appearance Made Perry Farrell ‘Very Angry’

Perry Farrell created the Lollapalooza festival, but he doesn't always approve of every act on the bill. Case in point: Metallica's first appearance on the tour, in 1996.

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Watch James Hetfield Perform an Adele Song With His Daughter

James Hetfield's oldest daughter Cali joined him on stage at the second annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure concert, but it wasn't to reimagine your favorite Metallica song.

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Lars Ulrich Was Not Wearing a Thong at Rock in Rio USA

Lars Ulrich's butt has become quite the topic of conversation.

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Metallica to Perform at 2015 X Games

The X Games are celebrating their 20th anniversary with some very special guests: Metallica.

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John Bush Doesn’t Regret Turning Down Metallica

For most of us, it can be hard not to wonder about the roads not taken in our lives.

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Clash of the Titans: The Beatles’ White Album vs. Metallica’s Black Album

They're separated by a few decades and plenty of clicks on the volume knob, but the Beatles and Metallica do have a few things in common, such as the fact that they both released self-titled albums with simple monochrome artwork.

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San Francisco Giants Hold Metallica-Themed Game for Third Straight Year

The San Francisco Giants unveiled a new all-black jersey, appropriately enough, during Metallica Day at AT&T Park.

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Metallica is Officially the Loudest Band Ever

Their 2008 album 'Death Magnetic' is the winner of the "loudness wars."

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‘St. Anger’ Is Jimmy Page and Jack White’s Favorite Metallica Album

You won't find many Metallica fans who list 2003's St. Anger among their favorite of the band's albums, and producer Bob Rock understands why.

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James Hetfield Wanted to Sing Like Chris Isaak on Metallica’s Black Album

Many Metallica fans were surprised by the sonic overhaul the band gave itself for 1991's self-titled Black Album, but according to the record's producer, Bob Rock, in some ways, the end result only hinted at some surprising influences.

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