This thrash-metal band was formed in 1981 in Los Angeles by drummer Lars Ulrich and in the last couple of decades has had a decided influence on all things heavy metal. Metallica is often compared to the groups Anthrax, Megadeath, and Slayer.
The band has sold 90 million records and is considered by many to be one of the most enduring, most influential bands in the history of music. The group's loyal fans consider it "one of the greatest bands ever." The band's photo on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is one of the most collectible images in posterdom today.