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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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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

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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Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images

23 Years Ago: Guns N’ Roses and Metallica Launch Stadium Tour

Guns N' Roses were about a year and a half into their two-and-a-half-year Use Your Illusion tour when they hooked up with Metallica for a two-and-a-half-month run of North America in the summer of 1992.

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Ultimate Classic Rock

Clash of the Titans: Metallica’s National Anthem vs. Carlos Santana’s National Anthem

Metallica and Carlos Santana took patriotism to a whole new level over the weekend, offering scorching renditions of the National Anthem before sports fans.

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Lars Ulrich
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Listen to Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets’ With the ‘St. Anger’ Snare Sound

For Metallica fans, there has never been any comparison between their early triumph 'Master of Puppets' and the widely reviled 'St. Anger.' Thanks – or no thanks, actually – to the internet, there is now.

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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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YouTube

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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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

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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