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Metallica is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich but has been based in San Francisco for most its career. Being influenced by Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin Kiss, Iron Maiden, AC/DC, Venom and Motorhead but also early punk rock bands as the Ramones, Sex Pistols and the Misfits the band started recording songs with British New Wave heavy metal riffs and hardcore punk tempo’s. Their first album Kill’em All was released in 1983 and was not a financial success initially, but it earned the band a growing fan base in the underground metal scene. In 1984 Metallica released their second studio album Ride the Lightning and in 1986 their third album. Master of Puppets, the last album bass player Cliff Burton performed on; he died in a tour-bus accident in Sweden. In 1988 And Justice for All was released which was for the diehard Metallica fans their last , not commercialist ,good album they delivered ; it all stopped for them after the commercial success of following album The Black Album. Metallica has become one of the most influential heavy metal bands in the world and are a member of the “Big Four” of Trash Metal along with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeath. Selling more than 100 million albums worldwide(and still running) one can say they are the best and biggest heavy metal band in history.