Metallica - Metallica
13 August 1991

01. Enter Sandman
02. Sad But True
03. Holier Than Thou
04. The Unforgiven
05. Wherever I May Roam
06. Don't Tread On Me
07. Through The Never
08. Nothing Else Matters
09. Of Wolf And Man
10. The God That Failed
11. My Friend Of Misery
12. The Struggle Within
13. So What [Anti-Nowhere League cover] [Japanese bonus]

Even though Metallica became more known to a wider audience in 1986 with the release of Master of Puppets, "The Black Album" (released in 1991) however, was the biggest break point for Metallica. It was praised by reviewers and musicians, it stunned many fans then and also now. With the "Black Album" their old thrashy sound was abandoned and Metallica was literally shot into superstardom. With commercial hits such as "Enter Sandman" and the widely known "Nothing Else Matters", Metallica's music became more and more accessible to radio stations and television. But as I said, I still believe it's a "must have". "The Black Album" was major break point in the rock music business and the influence of it and Metallica in general is just impossible not to notice. Not only does it differ musically from the previous four releases, this album is also lyrically much more personal and therefore occasionally softer. Still, Metallica hasn't lost their touch and the aggressive guitar sound is still there.

The immortal riff of "Enter Sandman", the gentle "Nothing Else Matters" and "The Unforgiven", and of course, the aggressive tunes of "Sad But True" and "Wherever I May Roam" - this albums offers a true hard rock journey. The production of the album was taken on a higher level with the coming of Bob Rock as almost the fifth member of Metallica. "The Black Album" gives you Metallica as an entity, with the perfect sound of the bass. Also James Hetfield's vocals became more arranged and accurate, which is for some a treat - some still prefer the distorted voice he used to have. The next thing added was the acoustic guitar, noticeable in the charming (I never knew this word could be used when talking about Metallica!) "The Unforgiven", which we heard before in smaller amounts in ''Fade To Black'' and ''One'' for example. Also, Michael Kamen did the orchestral part for "Nothing Else Matters". And there is one more thing I just have to mention - the drumming. Listening to "Of Wolf And Man" or the intro to "The Struggle Within" just unplugs my ears and brains from all the sounds other than Lars Ulrich's drums.

So when you come to the end of the journey through "The Black Album" you see that it's not all about Hammett's riff in "Enter Sandman" or the melancholy in "Nothing Else Matters". Each and every song is a small masterpiece that in the end creates "The Black Album". Whether you're looking for hard riffs, loud drums or something a bit more tender, this album has it. "The Black Album" has it all - and nothing else matters.

Performance: 10
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 10
Production: 10

Band profile: Metallica
Album: Metallica


written by AnGina-- | 07.10.2006

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Like far too many people in this world, I was largely introduced to Metallica by their self-titled album, fueled by the super mega platinum #1 smash hit single "Enter Sandman." In fact, Metallica, known colloquially as "The Black Album" for its presumably Spinal Tap-inspired artwork, was, in fact, one of the first Metal albums that really resonated with me and warranted repeated listens. Even so, I cannot confess to having much of a sentimental connection with this album, because, after exploring the wide world of heavy metal and acquainting myself with REAL Metallica, it has become clear to me that this album is nothing special.

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Bad English - 20.08.2016 at 23:18  
Well I like this good review, you should write more, and I like such kind changes, because how to put it , many band stry change go to some prog shit this band still was metal, same time what they did after this one os another thing, band simply died, some injection to heart stoped flat line in garage inc, now band just revoken from coma but are not same
VIG - 05.10.2016 at 20:57  
WHY THE FUCK is originality a 10. whether it is a good album or not, it's not original

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