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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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Mark Metcalfe / Christopher Polk / Jonathan Leibson, Getty Images

Keith Richards Calls Metallica and Black Sabbath ‘Great Jokes’

Keith Richards doesn't have much use for modern rock — or metal or hip-hop, for that matter.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Metallica Albums, Ranked Worst to Best

There are moments of indecision when compiling this gallery of Metallica Albums, Ranked Worst to Best. After all, we really could have had – for the first time ever – a three-way tie for first.

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Elektra
Elektra

27 Years Ago: Metallica Overcome Adversity With ‘… And Justice for All’

Metallica overcome adversity to release their challenging fourth album.

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Elektra
Elektra

24 Years Ago: Metallica Blow Up With the Black Album

Metallica closed out the '80s as rock's reigning thrash metal band, but far from being content to rest on their laurels, they forged a different path for their fifth album.

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YouTube

23 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses / Metallica Concert Ends in Montreal Riot

Disaster struck when a joint tour featuring Guns N' Roses and Metallica reached Montreal on Aug. 8, 1992.

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‘Hetfield’ Comic Mashes Up Metallica With Garfield

What if Metallica frontman James Hetfield was an overweight feline who lived with a man who looked a lot like drummer Lars Ulrich?

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Elektra
Elektra

Metallica’s ‘Ride the Lightning,’ Ranked Worst to Best

All of the songs on Metallica's landmark 'Ride the Lightning' album, ranked worst to best

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Megaforce
Megaforce

32 Years Ago: Metallica Transforms Metal With ‘Kill ‘Em All’

Thrash metal officially arrived on July 25, 1983 with the release of Metallica's debut album, 'Kill 'Em All.'

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Robert Trujillo
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Metallica’s Robert Trujillo Reveals New All-Star Side Project

Robert Trujillo has joined forces with other metal musicians to raise money for the Tony Hawk Foundation.

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Metallica, ‘Lords of Summer’ vs. Don Henley, ‘The Boys of Summer’: Greatest Summer Song Battle

Metallica's 'Lords of Summer' faces Don Henley's 'Boys of Summer' in Ultimate Classic Rock's Greatest Summer Song battle.

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