Ah, Metallica! So many things come to mind.
Underground thrash pioneers with their first three albums (Kill 'em All, Ride The Lightning, Master of Puppets).
Then their iconic bassist Cliff Burton died tragically and a much darker, some would say bloated, …And Justice For All surfaced with very average production.
They distinctly took a commercial turn with The Black Album, and explored a softer, almost country side with Load and Reload.
A hiatus and frontman James Hetfield's rehab later, came St Anger – the most derided of the lot (one critic referred to drummer Lars Ulrich as a three-year-old pounding steel pots with a spoon).
And just when the world thought age had caught up and Metallica were just a memory, came the explosive Death Magnetic.