Throwback Thursday – ‘Metallica (Black Album)’

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This month, we look at the music of the 1990’s

Although a day late, this weeks throwback looks at Metallica’s 1991 album

This album is probably Metallica’s biggest, and best known album. It features some of their best known songs, and is probably one of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time. The album’s official name is ‘Metallica’, however, it is more commonly known as ‘The Black Album’. The album marked a big change in Metallica’s sound, as they took a more of a heavy metal approach to the album, as their previous 4 albums had been a lot more thrash focused. Although a change in sound can sometimes be bad for a band, this album was the complete opposite, and fans loved it.

Not only did fans love the album at it’s initial release, they have loved it ever since, and whenever Metallica play live, everyone sings along to the songs from this album. Whether they be younger or older, everybody knows this album, and the songs off it. With songs such as ‘Sad But True’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘Enter Sandman’ and ‘Of Wolf And Man’ featuring on the album, it is no wonder that the album is so loved. It’s hard to say what makes this album so loved, whether it be the insanely catchy riffs, the lyrics or just the overall brilliant musicianship that is shown throughout the album. It’s impossible to narrow it down, but no matter what it is, this album will always be loved.

The recording of the album wasn’t exactly smooth. As the members were constantly in arguments with the producer over how the album should be recorded. Also, the tension was added to due to the divorce proceedings involving Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and then bassist, Jason Newsted. The band also pushed for as many takes as possible, as they wanted this album to be special, and a perfect recording was key. By the end of the recording, the band had remixed the album 3 times, and had spent $1 million dollars on the recording.

Since it’s release, the album has sold more than 16 million copies in the US alone. This makes the album one of the best selling albums of all time. Also, the album was certified 16x Platinum in 2012 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) It has been certified 2x platinum by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) as well. Metallica also played the album in it’s entirety on their 2012 ‘Black Album’ tour, and are remastering the album at some point this year. The album reached 1st in Australia, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland, the UK and the US. It’s also platinum in every country it was released in, aside from Canada, where it managed to reach Diamond.

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