Metallica ‎– Metallica

Elektra ‎– 9 61113-2, Elektra ‎– 61113-2
CD, Album

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1 Enter Sandman
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
2 Sad But True
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
3 Holier Than Thou
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
4 The Unforgiven
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
5 Wherever I May Roam
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
6 Don't Tread On Me
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
7 Through The Never
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
8 Nothing Else Matters
Arranged By [Orchestration] – Michael KamenWritten-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
9 Of Wolf And Man
Written-By – Hetfield*, Hammett*, Ulrich*
10 The God That Failed
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*
11 My Friend Of Misery
Written-By – Hetfield*, Newsted*, Ulrich*
12 The Struggle Within
Written-By – Hetfield*, Ulrich*

Companies, etc.



ARC in runout indicates Allied Record Company pressing

All lyrics © Creeping Death Music, ASCAP.
Recorded at One On One Recording, Los Angeles, October '90 - June '91.

℗© 1991 Elektra Entertainment, a division of Warner Communications, Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 7559-61113-2 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=03 *M2 S8
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M7 S10
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M9 S17
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M9 S4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 5): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M12 S4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 6): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M7 S3
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 7): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M7 S12
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 8): [ARC logo] 2 61113-2 SRC##05 M2S1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 9): [ARC logo] 2 6113-2 SRC=01 *M12 S7
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 10): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M4 S4
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 11): ARC 2 61113-2 SRC=01 *M9 S5

Other Versions (5 of 355) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
510 022-2 Metallica Metallica(CD, Album, RP) Vertigo, Universal 510 022-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
ES 702 Metallica Metallica(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Euro Star ES 702 Ukraine Unknown Sell This Version
510 022-2 Metallica Metallica(CD, Album) Vertigo (3) 510 022-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MECAN1 Metallica Metallican(CD, Album, Ltd + VHS + Box, Ltd) Vertigo MECAN1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
31026 Metallica Metallica(LP, Album) Vertigo 31026 Ecuador 1991 Sell This Version


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February 10, 2019
I have a 2008 vinyl reissue of this. My original copy was stolen in 1993 so naturally I was extatic to finally get a vinyl copy again and it sounds killer so I thought about replacing my original electra and megaforce copies with new ones but then I heard them and they sounded terrible! What’s the deal ?!!!! I hope the blackened versions of the first four vinyl lp’s sound better than the Warner bros versions as for me I’m sticking with my originals thank you but at least I have my warner brothers copy of the black album and it sounds good


February 1, 2019
I have no idea how no longbox editions were ever sold on Discogs, weren’t there literally tens of thousands of these made in ‘91?


December 27, 2018
Anyone have both a recent pressing and original US? Thinking about dropping the big price on an original and want to know the benefits (other than being collectible.)


October 24, 2018
edited 8 months ago
I have a copy of this LP, but I have no idea which variation it is. There are not many identifying features! There is no indication of where it was made, Cat# is 510 022-1, the records come in nice printed glossy paper covers with black and gold photos of the band on one side, black on gold lyrics on the other, Vertigo spiral label on one side of each of the LPs, and track listing on the other. Can anyone help identify the variation please?


February 8, 2018

Any claim that this is 'the best heavy metal record of all time' might seem a bit far-fetched, but any accusations that Metallica 'sold out' on this mainstream pop album are truly mistaken. A bunch of whiny, underground thrash metal fans can't get over the fact that their heroes 'went mainstream' (trying to actually earn any money is a big heavy metal no-no), but realistically, with the rising grunge scene placing heavy metal in the early 90's on its deathbed, 'Metallica', commonly referred to as 'The Black Album' made sure the genre went down swinging.

Regardless of people's opinions about the direction the band was taking here, I don't think there is any denying that what we have on offer are great heavy metal songs. So they aren’t as complex and progressive as previous albums, and the lyrics don't seem as dark, deep or super-serious as on 'Master of Puppets' or 'Ride the Lightning'. But what Metallica's self-titled record has in abundance that previous releases were missing is "anthems". Straight-to-the-point, bang-your-head kick-ass metal anthems. All souped-up with Bob Rock's beefy production, these songs introduced fans to a whole new Metallica.

A few filler tracks got thrown into this record, but then, when you look at the songs they're being mixed amongst, it's pretty easy not to really notice, or care. ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘Sad But True’, ‘Nothing Else Matters’, ‘The Unforgiven’ and 'Wherever I May Roam' all justify why this album sold millions upon millions of copies.

It's the album that split the fans, which for me, means it distinguishes the true music fans from the whiny elitists, but either way, this is a great record that capped off Metallica's rise to the top and firmly placed them on the throne of heavy metal.


August 8, 2017
I have a US version of the album, with the matrix number on the cd: M3S51, can not I get this version in the library discogs, help someone find or add to the library? Thanks


November 5, 2015
mine says A/DDD at the bottom of the back of the booklet. Does that mean some of the tracks are in ADD and others are DDD?