Choose from our selection of Metallica posters and prints. Metallica are an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. The band was formed in 1981 when James Hetfield responded to an advert in the paper from Lars Ulrich, the two founding members are still part of the band. The Current line-up includes James Hetfield, guitar/vocals, Lars Ulrich, Drums, Kirk Hammett, lead guitar, and Robert Trujillo, bass guitar. Metallica have released nine studio albums, four live albums, five extended plays and 37 singles. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, with total album sales of over 110 million.