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Formed in Los Angeles, USA in 1981 by the bands drummer Lars Ulrich and lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Hetfield. They have since been joined by lead guitarist Kirk Hammett (joined 1983) who replaced original guitarist Dave Mustaine(who is the co-founder and now lead singer and guitarist for heavy metal band Megadeth). The bands first true bassist Cliff Burton, who was the bassist on their first three albums Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning and Master Of Puppets, unfortunately died in a tour bus accident in 1986. The bands next bassist Jason Newsted was the bassist for the bands next four albums ...And Justice For All, Metallica (also know as The Black Album) Load and Reload. After Newsteds departure for Suicidal Tendencies and Black Label Society bassist Robert Trujillo joined the band. The current line-up consists of Ulrich, Hetfield, Hammett and Trujillo.
Seen as one of the “big four” metal bands alongside Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, Matallica are one of the most successful bands ever, having sold over 100 million records worldwide, and have also won 9 Grammy awards.
Here at The Music Store, we stock a range of Metallica merch and gifts, including hoodies, t-shirts and mugs. Get your Metallica gift today!!