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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.

Pro Wrestlers Who Look Like Metallica

James Hetfield Sheamus
Tim Mosenfelder, Getty Images / WWE

While gathering photos for various Metallica stories, we've noticed something rather odd: Nearly every member of the group has a pro wrestling look-alike.

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Metallica’s Forgotten Original Guitarist Remembers Their First Demo

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YouTube

Lloyd Grant, a Jamaican-born friend of Lars Ulrich's, played on Metallica's first demo before disappearing into history.

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Metallica, Paul McCartney Confirmed for Lollapalooza 2015

Paul McCartney James Hetfield
Theo Wargo / Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Paul McCartney and Metallica will be among the headliners of Lollapalooza 2015.

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Was Lars Ulrich to Blame for Lack of Bass on Metallica’s ‘… And Justice For All’?

Ian Gavan, Getty Images
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

There's a reason for the oft-criticized thinness of the bass on Metallica's '... And Justice For All,' according to mixer Steve Thompson: Drummer Lars Ulrich wanted it that way.

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Why Jason Newsted Never Had a Chance in Metallica

Jason Newsted
Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

Authors of a book about Metallica say the hiring of Jason Newsted could never have worked.

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Metallica Book Claims the Band’s Recent Projects Have Lost Money

Ian Gavan, Getty Images
Ian Gavan, Getty Images

It's no secret that for many rock stars, live performances are where the money is these days.

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Metallica Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Metallica have released some of the most hard-hitting mainstream metal of the past 30 years.

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This Metallica + Hall & Oates Mash-Up Works WAY Better Than You Would Expect

Metallica Daryl Hall
Ian Gavan / Erika Goldring, Getty Images

Somebody made a mash-up of "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" and "Enter Sandman."

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32 Years Ago: Cliff Burton Plays First Show With Metallica

Brian Lew, Bazillion Points
Brian Lew, Bazillion Points

On March 5, 1983, a scruffy crew of acne-afflicted youths going by the conspicuous band name of Metallica took a major step toward becoming the kings of thrash metal when they mounted a stage for the first time alongside new bassist Cliff Burton.

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Lars Ulrich Offers Metallica New Album Update: ‘We Are F—ing in It’

Lars Ulrich
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Is Metallica's new album finally getting closer to something that people can actually hear?

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