Vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield formed the band Metallica in Los Angeles in 1981. The band has become well known over the years, specifically for their hard-rock music. Supposedly the logo was first seen on a business card, looking very similar to what we know today. Over the years, it did see a few changes, such as dropping the serifs/embellishments or adding flame graphics. In the end, though, the most recent logo is very similar to the original, with black lettering of the bandís name with sharp embellishments on the ends of the letters.