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Metallica (THE BLACK ALBUM) (1991) (ELEKTRA) (12 TRACKS)

Album Description:

METALLICA (also known as THE BLACK ALBUM) is the eponymous fifth studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released on August 12, 1991 through Elektra Records. Metallica produced five hit singles that are considered today among the band''s best-known songs: "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad But True". It spent four consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard 200. METALLICA is the band''s best-selling album to date, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States. It is the best-selling album of the SoundScan era. The album was certified 15x platinum (diamond) by the RIAA on November 13, 2009.

METALLICA is a departure from the thrash metal style of Metallica''s previous four albums and sees the band moving towards a more commercial heavy metal sound. Many fans consider the album the initial turning point in their music, where "old" and "new" Metallica are distinguished from one another. The album cover features the band''s logo, angled against the upper left corner, and a coiled snake (derived from the Gadsden flag) on the bottom right corner, both in a dark shade of gray in order to be made out against the black background. The motto of the Gadsden flag, "Don''t Tread on Me", is also the title of a song on the album. The cover is reminiscent of Spinal Tap''s album SMELL THE GLOVE, something the band jokingly acknowledged themselves in their A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA documentary (where members of Spinal Tap appeared and asked them about it).

The album and the band were critically acclaimed and commercially successful. The band changed their sound from previous albums. METALLICA presented a more commercially accessible Metallica. Following the success of "One", the breakaway single from their fourth album ...AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (1988), five music videos were released from METALLICA: "Enter Sandman", "Nothing Else Matters", "Sad but True", "Wherever I May Roam" and "The Unforgiven".

METALLICA is an extremely heavy album. It carries a presence, a huge, live sound different from that heard on their previous recordings. What once could not be tamed has been refined, resulting in a fuller, more powerful guitar sound in an already guitar-intensive band. They have evolved from the messy, unabashed thrashers of their youth into a more confident, poised and angry bunch, not only retaining their fire but stoking it into a chunky, tight-fisted maelstrom of scowling energy. Serious riffs provide punch and punctuation for James Hetfield''s gruff vocals. METALLICA is full of songs just as potent as the hugely popular "Enter Sandman," yet is not as complicated as their recent albums have seemed. "Sad But True," which is just as low down and dirty as anything labeled "grunge," exemplifies the poise of the metal band that can foresee the punchlines to their riffs and has the patience to wait for them. The lyrics of METALLICA, written by James Hetfield, are more personal and introspective in nature than previous Metallica albums, raging against society, religion and revel in suspicion and sarcasm. "The God That Failed" deals with Hetfield''s mother''s death from cancer and her Christian Science beliefs which kept her from seeking medical treatment. Another example is "Nothing Else Matters", which is a love song Hetfield wrote about missing his girlfriend while on tours.

METALLICA was produced by a hit-maker Bob Rock, who was asked to mix the album as the band was impressed with his work as producer on the Mötley Crüe album, DR. FEELGOOD. Initially, the band was not interested in having Rock produce their album, but changed their minds as Ulrich stated "We felt that we still had our best record in us and Bob Rock could help us make it." Rock altered the band''s working schedule and routine so much that they swore never to work with him again. The animosity and tension between Metallica and Rock was documented in A YEAR AND A HALF IN THE LIFE OF METALLICA and CLASSIC ALBUMS: METALLICA METALLICA. Both explore and document the intense recording process that resulted in METALLICA. Despite the controversies between the band and Rock, he continued to work with the band through the 2003 album ST. ANGER.

Recorded at One On One Recording, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A. & Little Mountain Sound Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada between October 6, 1990 June 16, 1991.

Track Listing:

1. Enter Sandman - 5:29   
2. Sad But True - 5:24   
3. Holier Than Thou - 3:47   
4. The Unforgiven - 6:26   
5. Wherever I May Roam - 6:42   
6. Don''t Tread On Me - 3:59   
7. Through The Never - 4:01   
8. Nothing Else Matters - 6:29   
9. Of Wolf And Man - 4:16   
10. The God That Failed - 5:05   
11. My Friend Of Misery - 6:47   
12. The Struggle Within - 3:51

Performance Credits:

Metallica - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Primary Artist
Kirk Hammett - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Guitar
James Hetfield - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Guitar, Vocals
Jason Newsted - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Bass
Lars Ulrich - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Drums

Technical Credits:

Michael Kamen - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Arranger
James Hetfield - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Composer, Producer
Jason Newsted - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Composer
Bob Rock - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Producer
Randy Staub - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Engineer
Mike Tacci - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Engineer
Lars Ulrich - -- -- -- -- -- -- - Composer, Producer
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