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Group Members James Hetfield
Lars Ulrich
Kirk Hammett
Robert Trujillo
Past Group Members Dave Mustaine
Ron McGovney
Cliff Burton
Jason Newsted
Music Genre(s) Heavy metal
thrash metal
Music Genre Hard Rock
Pop/Rock
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Year(s) Active 1981–present
Record Label Megaforce
Elektra/Warner Bros.
Vertigo/Mercury/Virgin EMI/Universal
Blackened
Elektra
Vertigo
Warner Bros.
Official Websites metallica.com
Associated Acts Megadeth
Guns N' Roses
Lou Reed
Ozzy Osbourne
Leather Charm
Spastik Children
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Metallica is an American heavy metal band. The band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, and has been based in San Francisco for most of its career. The band's fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding "big four" bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica's current lineup comprises founding members and primary songwriters Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to form Megadeth after being fired from the band) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton (who died in a bus accident in Sweden in 1986) and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

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