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Metallica is an iconic heavy metal/thrash metal band formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, California. They are considered one of the "Big Four" of thrash, along with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax.

Metallica has released ten albums, with their last six albums reaching #1 on the Billboard charts, making them the only band in history to do so. Their newest album, Hardwired...To Self Destruct was released November 18th, 2016. A Guitar Hero: Metallica was released on March 29, 2009.


Childhood friends James Hetfield (Vocals/Guitar) and Lars Ulrich (Drums) formed the group in Los Angeles, California in 1981. Influenced mainly by New wave of British heavy metal, they recruited Dave Mustaine (Guitar) and Ron McGovney (Bass) as the first lineup. A year later, McGovney and Mustaine left, the latter to form fellow Bay Area thrashers Megadeth. They were replaced by Cliff Burton & Kirk Hammett respectively.


  • Kill 'Em All (1983)
  • Ride The Lightning (1984)
  • Master Of Puppets (1986)
  • ...And Justice For All (1988)
  • Metallica (The Black Album) (1991)
  • Load (1996)
  • Reload (1997)
  • St. Anger (2003)
  • Death Magnetic (2008)
  • Hardwired...To Self Destruct (2016)

Current Band Members

Former Members

  • Dave Mustaine: Lead Guitar (1981-1982)
  • Ron McGovney: Bass Guitar (1981-1982)
  • Cliff Burton: Bass Guitar (1982-1986, deceased)
  • Jason Newsted: Bass Guitar (1986-2001)
  • Bob Rock: Bass Guitar (2001-2003) (Studio Musician that played Bass on some of St. Anger)

Metallica in Rhythm Games

Guitar Hero

  • Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock
    • One
  • Guitar Hero: World Tour
    • Trapped Under Ice
  • Metallica "Death Magnetic" Full Album DLC
    • That Was Just Your Life
    • The End of the Line
    • Broken, Beat & Scarred
    • The Day That Never Comes
    • All Nightmare Long
    • Cyanide
    • The Unforgiven III
    • The Judas Kiss
    • Suicide & Redemption (JH Extended Solo)
    • Suicide & Redemption (KH Extended Solo)
    • My Apocalypse
  • Guitar Hero: Metallica
    • Battery
    • Creeping Death
    • Disposable Heroes
    • Dyers Eve
    • Enter Sandman
    • Fade to Black
    • Fight Fire With Fire
    • For Whom The Bell Tolls
    • Frantic
    • Fuel
    • Hit The Lights
    • King Nothing
    • Master of Puppets
    • The Memory Remains
    • Mercyful Fate
    • No Leaf Clover
    • Nothing Else Matters
    • One
    • Orion
    • Sad But True
    • Seek & Destroy
    • The Shortest Straw
    • The Thing That Should Not Be
    • The Unforgiven
    • Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
    • Wherever I May Roam
    • Whiplash

The "Death Magnetic" Album is playable on every Guitar Hero title from Guitar Hero III onward.

Rock Band


  • If you combine the Death Magnetic DLC, the one song in Guitar Hero: World Tour, all the songs Guitar Hero: Metallica and the Metallica Pack 01 for Rock Band, you end up with not only the entirety of Death Magnetic, but also nearly the entire Ride The Lightning album (two songs, Escape and Call of Ktulu are missing), a little under half of the Black album, and a little over half of ...And Justice For All.
  • Around fifty percent of Metallica's entire catalog is playable in rhythm games, more than almost any other artist to date. Funnily enough, there is only one full album from them available for download for any game, where as bands like Judas Priest and Red Hot Chili Peppers have full length albums (sometimes several of them) available for purchase on the RBN or Guitar Hero Stores.
  • The members of Metallica performed each of their respective mocap parts for Guitar Hero: Metallica instead of the animations being programed in after the fact.
  • Drummer Lars Ulrich actually had some trouble recording some of the mocap parts for some of the songs in Guitar Hero: Metallica, and took multiple takes to get some of them right.
  • The only bassist featured in Guitar Hero: Metallica is Robert Trujillo, even though their unlockable 80s era costumes are from the Cliff Burton era.
  • There is, unfortunately, no Black album era attire available for the band in GH: Metallica.
  • Nearly every song (guest acts included) in Guitar Hero: Metallica can be imported to future titles all the way up to Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. There are very few songs that don't transfer.