Metallica (“The Black Album”)

~ Release group by Metallica

Annotation

Attention! This album known sometimes as The Black Album is correctly named simply Metallica. The Black Album is only a fan-composed name. Please do not add it or rename it.

Annotation last modified on 2011-07-05 14:15 UTC.

Album

ReleaseFormatTracksCountry/DateLabelCatalog#Barcode
Official
MetallicaCD12
  • CA1991-08-12
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)CD 61113075596111324
MetallicaCD12
  • US1991-08-12
  • -1991-08-13
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)9 61113-2075596111324
Metallica (Medium art does not have printing circling on the outside edge of the rim.)CD12
  • US1991-08-12
Elektra (1950–1989, revived 2009–06-01; read annotations before use)61113-2, 9 61113-2075596111324
MetallicaCD13
  • JP1991-08-29
Sony Records (Japanese imprint)SRCS 55774988009557724
MetallicaCD12
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-2731451002229
Metallica2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)61113-1, 9 61113-1075596111317
MetallicaCD12
  • ZA1991-09-02
Vertigo (British rock label)STARCD58566001210554837
MetallicaCD12
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-2731451002229
MetallicaCD12
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)CD 61113075596111324
Metallica2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-1731451002212
Metallica (Made in Germany)CD12
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-2731451002229
MetallicaCD12
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-2731451002229
MetallicaCassette12
Vertigo (British rock label)510 022-4
MetallicaDVD-Audio12
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)61113-9075596111393
MetallicaCD13
  • JP2003-11-06
Sony Records International (Japanese TEXTLESS walking eye imprint)SICP 479
MetallicaCD13
Universal International (Japanese label; release must say “制作:Universal International” AND have no logos other than “Universal Music”), Vertigo (British rock label)UICR-10564988005440051
Metallica4×12" Vinyl3 + 2 + 3 + 4
  • US2008-11-28
Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)511831-10093624984962
Metallica4×12" Vinyl3 + 2 + 3 + 4
Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America), Vertigo (British rock label)00600753156063, 0731451002212600753156063
Metallica2×12" Vinyl6 + 6
Universal Music Group International (manages UMG's offices in most countries outside of North America)0731451002212731451002212
Metallica (HDtracks (24-Bit / 96kHz))Digital Media12
Elektra Entertainment (renamed from Elektra 1989–2004; revived as Elektra 2009-06-01)[none]
Metallica4×Vinyl3 + 2 + 3 + 4
  • FR2009-02-16
Vertigo (British rock label)600753156063
MetallicaSHM-CD13
  • JP2010-09-22
Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-946664988005628664
MetallicaSHM-CD13
  • JP2011-11-02
Vertigo (British rock label)UICY-202264988005690685
MetallicaCD12
  • US2013-09-24
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label)BLCKND008-2856115004514
MetallicaDigital Media12
Blackened (Metallica's own imprint/record label), Warner Bros. Records (1958–2019; “WB” logo, with or without “records” beneath or on banner across)093624986553
MetallicaDigital Media1200731451002229
Bootleg
Black AlbumCassette12Mad VoxM 413

Relationships

covers:Metallica: A Tribute to the Black Album by Various Artists
live performances:2012-05-12: Stade de France, La Plaine Saint-Denis, France
2012-05-28: Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium
2012-06-04: Sonisphere: Kalasatama, Helsinki, Finland
2012-06-09: Download Festival, Castle Donington, UK
part of:Absolute Radio's The 100 Collection (number: 64) (order: 64)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2020 edition (number: 235) (order: 235)
Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: 2012 edition (number: 255) (order: 255)
supporting tours:Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour
Discogs:https://www.discogs.com/master/6651 [info]
lyrics page:http://lyrics.wikia.com/Metallica:Metallica_(1991) [info]
https://genius.com/albums/Metallica/Metallica [info]
reviews:https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/8b8c [info]
other databases:https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/metallica/metallica/ [info]
https://www.musik-sammler.de/album/1470/ [info]
Allmusic:https://www.allmusic.com/album/mw0000311315 [info]
Wikidata:Q213516 [info]

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Any attempt to move away from a tried and tested formula is often met with resistance by some fans who never want their idols to change. Smarter than your average heavy metal band, the more complex turn-on-a dime twists of their previous albums, Master Of Puppets and 1989's And Justice For All, were trimmed back in favour of a more honed-down delivery. Though the band didn't always see eye to eye with Bob Rock (who had previously cut his teeth engineering for the likes of Bon Jovi before producing Motley Crue's Dr.Feelgood), the tensions between the two camps resulted in an album bursting at the seams with alternative ideas.

Sure enough, accusations that they had sold out came from the rump of hardcore fans within seconds of their fifth album being released in 1991. Several years later thousands of fans signed an online petition calling on the band to sever its links with Bob Rock such was their conviction that their beloved Metallica had strayed from the straight and narrow.

Yet his involvement gained them mass sales (number one on both sides of the Atlantic) and earned them the Grammy they'd missed out on, having lost out to Jethro Tull's Catfish Rising the previous year. With millions of new fans going on to discover their back catalogue, Metallica moved from cult metal gods to bona fide rock stars, straddling the airwaves with the psycho-dramatics of "Enter Sandman", whose terse motifs served notice that things were changing. The spaghetti western set dressing of "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters" with its sensitive lyrics and string section embellishments, as well as the widescreen dynamics of "My Friend Of Misery" demonstrated how keen they were to move things on.

In "The God That Failed", vocalist, rhythm guitarist and principle writer, James Hetfield deals unflinchingly with parental loss and the contradictions of faith in a mature and considered manner. The confidence exuding from almost every track isn't due to a cliched, puffed-up HM swagger but a result of literate and articulate artists breaking free of generic expectation.