Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine. California metal band whose aggressive yet melodic style made them one of the most popular bands of all time.
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Metallica released the Black Album on Aug. 12, 1991. Metallica closed out the '80s as rock's reigning thrash metal band, but far from being content to rest on their laurels, they forged a different path for their fifth album - and rocketed to an incredible new level of mainstream success in the bargain.
When Metallica released their self-titled fifth album - aka The Black Album - on Aug. 12, 1991, it signaled a new chapter for the band. The evolution wasn't without its challenges, however, especially where the title was concerned. We wanted to keep it simple. Accordingly, the band scrapped the devil horns-worthy artwork (and titles) of previous albums for something far more streamlined: a basic black cover. The idea for the stark concept came to Lars Ulrich early in the recording process, according to Mick Wall's Enter Night: A Biography of Metallica. At the time, the drummer was "browsing through a typically colorful heavy metal mag, noticing how the ads for various albums all looked the same," which was not sitting well with him. "All these cartoon characters and all this steel and blood and.
Tracks 6-10 to 6-13 were recorded live during the Killing Machine, Hell Bent For Leather Japanese Tour 1979. Tracks 13-9 to 13-10 were recorded during the 'Fuel For Life' Tour.
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Metallica (commonly known as The Black Album) is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True"
My favourite Metallica album, because it features Metallica in a time of despair; Cliff has died, their brutality and anger in the form of music presented as this album. James' riffage and songwriting is absolutely brutal and the complexity of their songs is unlike never before.