Metallica are a more new age Rock ‘n’ Roll phenomenon. The California based band burst onto the scene in 1981 and are still going strong today, with many of the original members.
Thrash metal basically belongs to Metallica as they are attributed as one of the “Big Four” founders of the Rock N Roll sub genre (along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer). The band started out with a more underground fan base but quickly gained momentum in more mainstream markets after their first four albums which were smash hits.
Their third album was arguably one of the most influential metal albums of all time. They officially “made it” in the mainstream market after their fifth album entitled “Metallica” was released in 1991. This album expanded their musical horizons to appeal to a more mainstream audience and their strategy worked – it debuted at number one on Billboard’s hit list.
This was just the beginning, as their next five studio albums all took the top spot as well. After this, a few bumps in the road caused some road blocks resulting in musical inspiration. Their next albums were more of a tribute to their roots, before they went back to a more mainstream sound. Eight years of consecutive tours followed before an all encompassing album in 2016.
They hold a place in the Rock ‘n’ Roll hall of fame, and rightfully so, having produced ten studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays, over 25 music videos and 38 singles. In addition their list of awards is extensive. From eight Grammy awards to six number one debuting albums.
Their success has earned them the title of one of the greatest artists of all time, according to several sources and publications.
The band is still around and still rocking out when and wherever they can, including sporting events and other big ticket venues.