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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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Watch James Hetfield Sit In With Corrosion of Conformity

James Hetfield sat in on "Seven Days" with his old friends in Corrosion of Conformity.

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Lars Ulrich Says Metallica’s New Album ‘Will Be Done This Summer’

The group will spend next month putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to 'Death Magnetic.'

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20 Years Ago: Metallica Unveil New Look in ‘Until It Sleeps’ Video

Metallica showed to the world that they had cut off their hair when the video for "Until It Sleeps" premiered on May 23, 1996.

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Watch James Hetfield Deliver an Acoustic Performance of Metallica’s ‘Motorbreath’

James Hetfield showed up to perform at the annual Acoustic-4-A-Cure benefit in San Francisco last night, giving an old Metallica number a whole new sound in the bargain.

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Metallica (Very) Briefly Considered Making Lars Ulrich Frontman

It's hard to imagine Metallica with anyone other than James Hetfield behind the mic.

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35 Years Ago: James Hetfield Meets Lars Ulrich

Pinpointing any band’s precise day of inception is often impossible, even a band as well documented as Metallica.

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Metallica Honored by Mayor Upon Return to ’80s Home

Metallica stopped by their former home in El Cerrito, Calif., where they were honored by that city's mayor.

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Metallica to Stream Record Store Day Concert

Only a few Metallica fans will be fortunate enough to catch the band's Record Store Day 2016 concert in person — but for the rest of us, there's always the internet.

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Watch James Hetfield Open the Deluxe ‘Kill ‘Em All’ Metallica Reissue

James Hetfield has a copy of the new deluxe reissue of Metallica's classic Kill 'Em All album, and you don't — but at least he's willing to let you watch him open the box.

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David Bowie vs. James Hetfield: March Mullet Madness

David Bowie faces off against James Hetfield in the next round of March Mullet Madness.

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