MetallicaMetallica was a band formed back in October of 1981 by Lars Ulrich, the drummer and James Hetfield using classified ads.

They recruited Ron McGovney to play bass and were never available to find a full-time guitarist which meant they’ve worked with various guitarists including the likes of Jeff Warner, Brad Parker, and Lloyd Grant.

Their music has been influenced a lot by metal bands like Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Judas Priest, and Saxon. They have even been influenced by a few punk bands including Discharge, The Ramones, and the Misfits.

When Ulrich got desperate looking for a guitarist, he posted another ad and got a response from Dave Mustaine. They were so impressed by him that he joined the band right away.

In 1982 they recorded “a few demons” and in the same year, they released their first full demo, No Life ‘Til Leather. This song became quite popular.

By the end of 1982, Ron McGovney left the band, and they got Cliff Burton to replace him. Burton joined the band, and they relocated to San Francisco and signed with Megaforce Records. At this point, Dave Mustaine was replaced by Kirk Hammett.

In 1983, they recorded their first album called “Kill ‘Em All.” Even though the album wasn’t successful instantly, they did gain a lot of exposure, and their fan base grew quickly.

They released their first major hit, Ride the Lighting which had a slower, newer, and introspective style. Major labels wanted Metallica, and then they released Master of Puppets in 1986. This was considered the album where their success started.

Things just kept getting better and better for the band since then. Today, you could say that Metallica is one of the best and most popular metal bands in the world. They were also once popularly called “Alcoholica”.