Metallica was first formed in 1981 by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich. Since then, it has grown to become one of the most successful and most influential heavy metal bands. They are among the "big four" of the thrash metal genre, together with Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer.

With ten studio albums across their four-decade journey in the music industry, they have already posted more than 125 equivalent album sales as of 2018. To hear the best of these rock icons, here are four Metallica albums you must have, in vinyl record format, only from Amazon.

Ride The Lightning

"Ride the Lightning" is the second Metallica album, released in 1984 by the indie label Megaforce. Aside from its title was inspired by Stephen King's post-apocalyptic novel "The Stand," it was also a significant point in the band's career. As a thrash metal album, it displayed more sophistication in songwriting and musicality compared to their debut album "Kill em All"

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Own this vinyl record, in 12-inch, 180-gram format, only on Amazon. Listen to remastered copies of the band's music from this era. Hear "Fight Fire With Fire," "Ride The Lightning," "Creeping Death," and the H.P. Lovecraft-inspired "The Call of Ktulu." It also includes a digital booklet, chronicling the work that went behind the album.

Kill 'Em All

One of the pioneers for bringing thrash metal to a wider audience, "Kill 'Em All" went down in history because of its outstanding musical identity. Its sharp fusion of British heavy metal and hardcore punk brought to life an entirely new sound, growing into a classic over the years. While it was released in 1983, it would only enter the US album charts in 1986.

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Get your remastered copy of the classic Metallica album, on Amazon. First released in 2016, this limited-edition reissue includes additional tracks not in the original release. You can also enjoy the included bonus content in an ornate box.

...And Justice For All

For fans of the thrash metal royalties, "...And Justice For All" marks the transition from bassist Cliff Burton to Jason Newsted. Burton, who introduced music theory and help revolutionize their albums starting with "Ride The Lightning," died in September 1986 from a bus accident.

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Controversially losing to Jethro Tull in the 1989 Grammy Awards, it was still historical as a Metallica album. It peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. In 2019, it was remastered and reissued. Own the double vinyl record, both weighing 180 grams, now on Amazon. To keep this album with you on and off your turntable, it also comes with an MP3 download card to get the album on your mobile devices.

Metallica

The self-titled 1991 Metallica album followed "...And Justice For All," and continued the band's path to dominance. Marking their move from thrash metal to a more mellow yet heavier heavy metal sound. It spawned the classic hits "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven," "Wherever I May Roam," "Nothing Else Matters," and "Sad But True."

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Known to fans as "The Black Album," you can get your 2LP vinyl record only on Amazon. The 12-track setlist contains all tracks reissued from the original 1991 album.

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