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Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981. Metallica has become one of the most commercially successful musical acts of recent decades, and are considered one of the "Big Four" pioneers of thrash metal, along with Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth. The band has sold more than 90 million records worldwide, including 57 million albums in the United States alone.
Metallica was formed in Los Angeles, California, October 28, 1981 by guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich, after both had placed classified advertisements in the publication The Recycler about forming a band.