In 1981, the band Metallica was formed in Los Angeles. Drummer Lars Ulrich had posted an ad in a local newspaper looking for musicians to play with. The band primarily consists of Ulrich, lead singer James Hetfield, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett and a handful of different bassists. Before Metallica allegedly "sold-out" according to their critics their early releases placed them under the "Big Four" of the thrash metal sub genre along with Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The underground music community embraced Metallica and the 1986 release Master of Puppets is said to be the influential thrash metal album.
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