The Album That Made Metallica Members Multi-Millionaires

Metallica has been regarded as one of the most famous and commercially successful metal bands for forty years. The band was so popular that people who didn’t like or listen to metal music started to be a fan of metal. Metallica was described as big four bands of thrash metal along with Megadeth, Anthrax, and Slayer. The band members’ talents and unique performance has drawn great attention since their early years.

Metallica was founded in 1981 by James Hetfield as the frontman and Lars Ulrich as the drummer. The band had been through hard times and had several line-up changes for years. The current line-up consisted of James Hetfield,
Lars Ulrich, lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, and bassist Robert Trujillo. The band released their debut studio album ‘Kill ‘Em All‘ on July 25, 1983. The success was followed with ‘Ride the Lightning,’ ‘Master of Puppets,’ and ‘ …And Justice for All’ with many more but one of them made Metallica members multi-millionaires.

Metallica’s Best Selling Album Is ‘The Black Album’

Metallica released its fifth studio album entitled ‘Metallica’ which is widely known as ‘The Black Album’ on August 12, 1991. James Hetfield was on the vocals, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, Kirk Hammett was on the lead guitar, Jason Newsted was on the bass guitar, and Lars Ulrich was on the drums. The band promoted the album by releasing ‘Enter Sandman,’ ‘The Unforgiven,’ ‘Nothing Else Matters,’ ‘Wherever I May Roam,’ and ‘Sad but True.’

‘The Black Album’ got very positive reviews from both music critics and fans all around the world and became the best-selling album of Metallica. Also, it was one of the best-selling albums worldwide and the best-selling albums in the United States. It reached number one on the charts of different countries and stayed there for weeks and was certified 16 times platinum by making the band members multi-millionaires.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is the richest member of the band with his $350 million fortune while the band’s frontman James Hetfield is currently the second richest member of the band with having a $300 million net worth. The band’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammet is the third richest member with a net worth of $200 million and the current net worth of the band’s bassist Robert Trujillo is $30 million. Also, the band’s former bassist Jason Newsted, who played the basses of ‘The Black Album,’ has a $60 million net worth. So, the commercial success of ‘The Black Album’ made Metallica members acquire insane net worths and popularity.