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MetallicaMetallica

Genre:Rock
Style:Heavy Metal
Year:

Tracklist

Enter Sandman5:29
Sad But True5:24
Holier Than Thou3:47
The Unforgiven6:26
Wherever I May Roam6:42
Don't Tread On Me3:59
Through The Never4:01
Nothing Else Matters6:29
Of Wolf And Man4:16
The God That Failed5:05
My Friend Of Misery6:47
The Struggle Within3:51

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Notes

Released on August 12th, 1991 by Elektra, commonly referred to as The Black Album because of its packaging.

The album marked a change in the band's music from the thrash metal style of their previous four albums to a slower, heavier, and more refined sound. This album made metal universal, but also created a gap between older and newest fans.

It became the band's best-selling album, certified 16× platinum by the RIAA in 2012, and has sold over 16,000,000 copies in the United States.

The snake in the artwork and the track "Don't Tread On Me" were inspired by the Gadsden flag, a historical American flag designed in 1775.

The cover is almost black; James Hetfield said "It was a simple black cover and you had to listen to the music.
You wouldn't be distracted by a drawing on the front."

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Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Brazil1991Brazil1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-12, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Elektra – 61113-1, Elektra – 9 61113-1US1991US1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-00, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Europe1991Europe1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-29, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Sony – SRCS 5577Japan1991Japan1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Elektra – CD 61113Canada1991Canada1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991-07-30, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Dolby HX Pro
Elektra – 9 61113-4, Elektra – 61113-4US1991US1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1, PolyGram – RP 2266South Korea1991South Korea1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
PDO, UK Pressing
Vertigo – 510 022-2Europe1991Europe1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
Baron Music – BM-CD 700Poland1991Poland1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-2, Vertigo – CDEPR 1221Mexico1991Mexico1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-00, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Colombia1991Colombia1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Vertigo – STARCD 5856South Africa1991South Africa1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-4Europe1991Europe1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Vertigo – PK MMC 9125, MMC Records (2) – PK MMC 9125Hungary1991Hungary1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Greece1991Greece1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-12, CDMetallica
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Vertigo – 510 022-2, Phonogram – 510 022-2Australasia1991Australasia1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
PDO, UK Pressing
Vertigo – 510 022-2Europe1991Europe1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
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Popron – 50 148-2Czechoslovakia1991Czechoslovakia1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
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Vertigo – PL MMC 9125, MMC Records (2) – PL MMC 9125Hungary1991Hungary1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Spain1991Spain1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Sound-Pol – SPB CD 017Poland1991Poland1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
LP, Album
Vertigo – 20.079Venezuela1991Venezuela1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Dolby HX Pro, B NR
Elektra – 96 11134Canada1991Canada1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-1Portugal1991Portugal1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-12, CDMetallica
CD, Album
ARC Pressing
Elektra – 9 61113-2, Elektra – 61113-2US1991US1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
Music Studio (2) – 700Poland1991Poland1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Elektra – 9 61113-4Jamaica1991Jamaica1991
New Submission
Cover of Enter Sandman, 1991, CassetteEnter Sandman
Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
MG Records (2) – MG 1329Poland1991Poland1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-12, CassetteMetallica
Cassette, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-4, Phonogram – 510 022-4Australasia1991Australasia1991
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Vertigo – 31026Ecuador1991Ecuador1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
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Vertigo – 510 022-4Indonesia1991Indonesia1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-13, CDMetallica
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PDO, France Pressing
Vertigo – 510 022-2Europe1991Europe1991
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Vertigo – 510 022-4, Vertigo – MCE 1221Mexico1991Mexico1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
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Vertigo – 510 022-4, Vertigo – 510 622-4Turkey1991Turkey1991
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Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
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Vertigo – 510 022-1 , PolyGram – 79344, Vertigo – 510-022-4
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Argentina1991Argentina1991
Cover of Metallica, 1991, CassetteMetallica
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Vertigo – 510 022-4Uruguay1991Uruguay1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991, VinylMetallica
2×LP, Album, Repress
Vertigo – 510 022-1Spain1991Spain1991
New Submission
Metallica
2×LP, Album, Promo
Vertigo – 510 022-1, PolyGram – RP 2266South Korea1991South Korea1991
New Submission
Cover of Metallica, 1991-08-00, CDMetallica
CD, Album
Vertigo – 510 022-2Europe1991Europe1991
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Elbo – 0650Poland1991Poland1991
musical_graffiti's avatar
Can anyone confirm that the center of the disc is solid silver?
uglylilpup's avatar
uglylilpup
I've heard these songs a million times since 1991...and this pressing makes them sound fresh, alive, and headbang-worthy.
Greel's avatar
Greel
Super! Except sibilance on Nothing else Matters,unfortunately - guess it’s in everywhere…
donaldrock's avatar
donaldrock
Edited 15 days ago
Got my copy back in 2016, has many skips mostly side 3. But the sound quality itself is great.
But I haven’t listen to it in its entirety because I don’t really care for this era of Metallica. In fact, it’s my only copy. Meanwhile I have handfuls of great sounding copies of all their 80s releases, and those deluxe box sets of the 4 albums. But I’m wondering if I should buy a different reissue of TBA on vinyl, one that doesn’t skip. But then again, I don’t know if the copy I buy will skip, I really don’t want to waste money. Anyone know of a great pressing I can try to find used?
Vega_'s avatar
Vega_
Edited 16 days ago
Why didn't they include the "A year and a half" DVD but just the outtakes? Like, it would have been just one more DVD, why just include the outtakes? Makes this set seem really incomplete...
whitmorestl's avatar
whitmorestl
This is a truly wicked album, and the sound quality is killer. Instruments are crisp, clear seperation, no surface noise on my pressing.
vinylbladerunner's avatar
One of the most balanced masterings of the Black Album I have heard. I have owned many pressings of this album, including original and reissues.
Pensive_prizz986's avatar
There is a distinct “mah!” in “Wherever I May Roam” that sounds like it was added after the actual recording… I found it kind of comical. Anyone else?
3350records's avatar
3350records
I’ve just done an A/B listen with this 2014 reissue - https://www.discogs.com/release/6007719-Metallica-Metallica

Without doubt, my 2014 pressing is better. Much, much punchier lows & more importantly it doesn’t have the super bright top end this one does. You can actually ‘feel’ the kick drum on the 2014 pressing. Both are CB cuts, but definitely different ones, as the runout groove sizes are quite different. 2014 seems to use more of the lacquer, which would make sense.
paulkreil's avatar
paulkreil
Edited 21 days ago
How can 85 have this box set if only 50 were made 🤔