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In the 2004 documentary Some Kind of Monster, Metallica — the world’s biggest heavy metal band — are seen auditioning numerous bassists to replace Jason Newsted who left in 2001. Playing with the force of a hurricane and matching guitarist James Hetfield’s machine-gun staccato rhythms note-for-note, Trujillo became the hands-down choice, adding yet another set of pistons to Metallica’s powerful locomotive.
Previous to Metallica, Trujillo played in SoCal’s infamous Suicidal Tendencies and was pivotal in bringing a souped-up funk aspect to the band’s punk/metal sound. He’s also played with Infectious Grooves, Black Label Society and Ozzy Osbourne (though not credited, Trujillo re-recorded Bob Daisley’s bass tracks on Ozzy’s Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman albums).
Gifted with speed metal dexterity delivered with jet engine ferocity, Trujillo was the battering ram behind Metallica’s multi-platinum St. Anger album, noted for it’s primal scream therapy sound.