Metallica is one of the most influential heavy metal bands of all time. The group’s career spans almost four decades and their music has been a major force in the development of thrash metal, groove metal, and nu metal. Despite their success, the band has been plagued by controversy and legal troubles throughout their career. Here are 10 secrets about Metallica that you may not know.
1. Metallica was founded in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich.
2. The band’s name was inspired by a fellow student at Ulrich’s school who had the word “Metallica” inscribed on his pencil case.
3. The band’s first gig was opening for British punk rock band the Sex Pistols in 1982.
4. Metallica’s first album, Kill ‘Em All, was released in 1983. The album featured the band’s now-classic song “Whiplash.”
5. In 1986, Metallica released their third album, Master of Puppets. The album is considered by many to be the band’s best work and is credited with popularizing thrash metal.
6. Tragedy struck the band in September 1986 when bassist Cliff Burton died in a bus accident while on tour in Sweden.
7. Metallica continued as a three-piece with new bassist Jason Newsted and released …And Justice for All in 1988.
8. In 1991, Metallica released their self-titled “black album.” The album featured the band’s most popular song, “Enter Sandman.”
9. In 1995, Newsted left the band and was replaced by bassist Robert Trujillo.
10. In 2003, Metallica released their eighth studio album, St. Anger. The album was met with mixed reviews but was a commercial success.
11. In 2006, the band released their ninth studio album, Death Magnetic. The album received critical acclaim and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
12. In 2009, Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
13. In 2012, the band released their tenth studio album, Hardwired… to Self-Destruct. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
14. Metallica has sold over 110 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling bands of all time.
15. The band has won nine Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for their self-titled black album.