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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.

Metallica is Officially the Loudest Band Ever

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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

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Ian Gavan / Christopher Polk / Larry Busacca, Getty Images

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

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Frazer Harrison / Raffi Kirdi, Getty Images

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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David Bowie Called Lou Reed and Metallica’s ‘Lulu’ a ‘Masterpiece’

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David Bowie said 'Lulu' was Lou Reed's "masterpiece," according to Laurie Anderson.

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How Kirk Hammett Lost 250 New Metallica Riffs

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The guitarist lost his iPhone, on which he had been recording his ideas.

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Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich Make Guest Appearances at Bay Area Metal Shows

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Carlos Alvarez, Getty Images

While they prep for the next Metallica album, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich are leaving themselves plenty of time to get out and enjoy live shows.

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Hear Metallica’s ‘Creeping Death’ Covered by Stone Sour

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Facebook

Stone Sour are unleashing an EP's worth of covers for Record Store Day on April 18, but you don't have to wait until then to hear their take on Metallica's "Creeping Death."

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335,000 Banned Fans: The History of Metallica’s Costly Napster Battle

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Time & Life Pictures, Getty Images / Napster

The metal giants took on the fledgling file-sharing service on April 12, 2000.

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Watch Bride Play Metallica at Her Own Wedding

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YouTube

Everything seems as it normally would be when the bride and groom rush into the reception like rock stars – then the new wife proves she actually is one.

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Top 10 Metallica Post-’Black Album’ Songs

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Theo Wargo, Getty Images

We count down our favorite songs that Metallica has released in the years following the 'Black Album.'

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