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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 Ask Fans for Help With Two New Reissues

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Metallica are asking their fans for help in assembling content for upcoming reissues of two of their earliest albums, 1983's 'Kill 'Em All' and 1984's 'Ride the Lightning.'

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Metallica Planning Weeklong Residency on ‘The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson’

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Ian Gavan, Getty Images

Not to be outdone by the Foo Fighters' recent weeklong stay at the 'Late Show With David Letterman,' Metallica have booked an entire week on 'The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson' in mid-November.

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James Hetfield Looks Back on Metallica’s ‘Some Kind of Monster’: ‘I Learned a Lot About What I Don’t Like About Me’

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Did you squirm through Metallica's 'Some Kind of Monster' documentary?

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Scott Ian Confirms (and Downplays) Story of Lars Ulrich’s Near-Firing From Metallica

Lars Ulrich and Scott Ian
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Metallica returned home from their 1986 European tour a changed band, struggling to find a way forward while coping with the sudden death of bassist Cliff Burton.

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Listen to the Metallica/Megadeth Mash-up, ‘Welcome My Darkest Hour’

Lars Ulrich and Dave Mustaine
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Metallica fans have long wondered how differently the band might have proceeded if Dave Mustaine hadn't been fired in 1983.

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Metallica Vs. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame, Round One

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The next Ultimate Classic Rock Hall of Fame battle of 2014 finds Metallica and Stevie Ray Vaughan fighting for the right to claim this 100-percent fan-voted honor.

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Metallica Murder Case Break?

Morgan Harrington
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Five years after Morgan Harrington disappeared and was found murdered following a Metallica concert, authorities have made an arrest in connection with the case.

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Metallica, Linkin Park + More to Open 2015 Rock In Rio USA

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Rock in Rio has announced the first bands who will appear at next year's inaugural Rock in Rio USA festival.

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Anthrax’s Scott Ian Looks Back on Cliff Burton’s Death: ‘Words Can’t Really Describe How Dark It Was’

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With the 28th anniversary of Cliff Burton's tragic death arriving today, the Metallica bassist's legacy looms large for fans and friends -- including Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian.

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28 Years Ago: Metallica Bassist Cliff Burton Dies in a Bus Accident

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Metallica were on top of the metal world in 1986. But the band's year ended with a crushing blow after bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while touring overseas.

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