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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 (Text) 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, California by drummer Lars Ulrich and vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, and has been based in San Francisco, California for most of its career. The group'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 Hetfield and Ulrich, longtime lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Robert Trujillo. Guitarist Dave Mustaine (who went on to form Megadeth) and bassists Ron McGovney, Cliff Burton and Jason Newsted are former members of the band.

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