2008 Death Magnetic
Metallica's ninth studio album is the first to feature Robert Trujillo on bass, and it's also their first produced by Rick Rubin. The album is the band's fifth consecutive studio album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States, making Metallica the first band ever to achieve five consecutive number one debuts. In 2009, Metallica were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
2003 St. Anger
Jason Newstead departs the band in 2001, citing "private and personal" reasons. In an interview he reveals that he encountered resistance from Hetfield upon trying to pursue a side project, Echobrain. Metallica's eighth studio album is the first record since the Burton period to not feature Newstead. Due to lack of time to find a replacement, producer Bob Rock played bass during the album's recording. After finishing the album, Robert Trujillo, former bassist for Ozzy Osbourne, took over permanent bass duties.
1998 Garage, Inc. and S&M
In 1998, Metallica decides to release a record of covers and b-sides, choosing songs by Diamond Head, Killing Joke, Discharge, the Misfits, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and others. The following year, the band records S&M, a live album with the San Francisco Symphony.
1996 Load and ReLoad
Metallica's sixth studio album, Load was spaced five years from its last, in part because the band spent several years on the road touring for Metallica. This album finds the band branching out from thrash metal into other genres of music, although they remain true to their metal core. Also notable was a different "look" for the members--they opted for shorter haircuts and a more alternative style. During early production of Load it became apparent there was enough material for two albums. A double album was discussed but voted down in favor of two separate releases. ReLoad was released the following year.
1993 Live Sh*t: Binge & Purge
This marks both Metallica's first live album, as well as box set. It contains three CDs and three VHS tapes (a newer version also includes two DVDs), plus various bonus materials including a photo booklet, backstage pass, and other items.
Often referred to as The Black Album due to its all-black cover art, this set broke Metallica through to the mainstream. It is their biggest-selling record to date, having sold more than 15 million copies in the United States alone. The following year, while on tour with Guns N' Roses, James Hetfield suffered a terrible accident in which he was burned severely by the tour's pyrotechnic setup. He was unable to play guitar for the rest of the tour (although he continued vocal duties).
1988 ...And Justice For All
This is Metallica's first album recorded with Jason Newstead in the lineup. The standout single, "One," received the first-ever Grammy award for Best Metal Performance in 1990 (also marking Metallica's first Grammy). After years of resisting pressure to create videos, the band released their first music video for "One"--a move which some fans resented as a sellout to the mainstream. The video, however, became an eerie classic; it consisted mainly of footage from the black-and-white, controversial anti-war movie "Johnny Got His Gun."
1986Master Of Puppets
Metallica's third record was its first for major label Elektra, and is considered by many critics to be its finest. It holds the disinction of being the band's first record to go Gold for sales of 500,000 copies (it's now certified multiplatinum). This is the last album to feature bassist Cliff Burton. In September of 1986, Burton was killed when the band's tour bus flipped several times on an icy road in Sweden. His death threw the remaining three members in doubt for Metallica's future, but they decided to continue on. Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newstead auditioned for the band and was appointed as Burton's replacement.
1984 Ride The Lightning
Metallica's second album continued to establish them as one of the preeminent bands in the metal scene. Dark lyrical themes grounded singles "Creeping Death," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," and "Fade To Black," the latter a particularly bleak commentary on suicide. This is the last Metallica album to have writing credits by Dave Mustaine.
1983 Kill 'Em All
Metallica's debut full-length album was originally titled Metal Up Your Ass but due to label and distributor objections the name was changed. Although he received writing credit on the album, Dave Mustaine was kicked out of the band in early 1983. His firing was blamed on drug and alcohol abuse and violent behavior. Mustaine denied this and left angrily, going on to form his own metal band, Megadeth. Exodus guitarist Kirk Hammett was recruited to take Mustaine's place in the Metallica lineup.
1981 Metallica Forms In Los Angeles
Drummer Lars Ulrich decides to form a band and seeks members via an ad in a free Los Angeles paper. Guitarist/singer James Hetfield answers and is recruited. A second ad draws guitarist Dave Mustaine.Ulrich decides on the name "Metallica" for the fledgling band. In early 1982, the band records its first demo with original bassist Ron McGovney. Later that year, McGovney is replaced by Cliff Burton. The solidifed lineup moves to San Francisco, making the city its new home base.