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Formed in Los Angeles, California in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, Metallica have become one of the most influential Heavy Metal / Thrash Speed Metal bands of all time. With 9 studio albums and 9 grammy awards with more than 100 million album sales to date Greg Prato of Allmusic said Metallica “expanded the limits of thrash, using speed and volume not for their own sake, but to enhance their intricately structured compositions”, calling the band "easily the best, most influential heavy metal band of the '80s, responsible for bringing the music back to Earth.