Free Metallica ScreensaverMetallica is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles California formed in 1981. Founded when drummer Lars Ulrich posted an advertisement in a local newspaper Metallicas line up has primarily consisted of Ulrich rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett while going through a number of bassists. Currently the spot is held by Robert Trujillo.Metallicas early releases included fast tempos instrumentals and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the big four of the thrash metal subgenre alongside Slayer Megadeth and Anthrax during the genres development into a popular style. The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and heavy thrash metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with their self-titled fifth album (also known as The Black Album) which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience.In 2000 Metallica was among several artists who filed a lawsuit against Napster for sharing the bands copyright-protected material for free without any band members consent. A settlement was reached and Napster became a pay-to-use service. Despite reaching number one on the Billboard 200 the release of St. Anger alienated many fans with the exclusion of guitar solos and the steel-sounding snare drum. A film titled Some Kind of Monster documented the recording process of St. Anger.Metallica has released nine studio albums two live albums two EPs twenty-four music videos and forty-five singles. The band has won nine Grammy Awards.