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    Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1981. The band's line-up originally consisted of vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield, drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Dave Mustaine, and bassist Ron McGovney. However, Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett shortly after the recording of their debut album, "Kill 'Em All," due to creative differences and personal issues.

    Throughout their career, Metallica has become one of the most influential and commercially successful heavy metal bands. They are known for their aggressive musical style, complex compositions, and thought-provoking lyrics. Their early albums, such as "Ride the Lightning" and "Master of Puppets," are considered classics in the genre.

    In the early 1990s, Metallica achieved mainstream success with their self-titled album, often referred to as "The Black Album," which featured hit singles like "Enter Sandman" and "Nothing Else Matters." This album marked a shift towards a more mainstream sound while still retaining their heavy metal roots.

    Metallica's career has been marked by various controversies and challenges, including conflicts with the music industry, internal band tensions, and battles with piracy. Despite these obstacles, they have remained one of the most enduring and influential bands in the history of heavy metal.

    Over the years, Metallica has continued to release successful albums and tour extensively around the world. They have won numerous awards, including multiple Grammy Awards, and have sold over 125 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Their impact on the heavy metal genre and popular culture as a whole is undeniable, cementing their legacy as one of the greatest bands in rock history.

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