℗ 1991 Blackened Recordings
People who hate on this album, what is wrong with not doing the same thing over and over? If these guys did thrash the entire time it’d get pretty boring after a while. You guys go way over-the-top all the time. Any tweak is a sellout. Any new direction in the slightest is a sellout. You wanna talk sellouts? Check out today’s artists. Taylor Swift. Tried country, didn’t get any fame. Went STRAIGHT to pop with no gradual movement. Suddenly she’s everywhere and has all the money. Even though every one of her songs are just like the other. Imagine Dragons. Gradually started changing their sound until their latest album when they REALLY went for the money. Billie Eilish. Ed Sheeran. Justin Bieber (though he’s always been a sellout and has NEVER made quality music). I can name dozens more of REAL sellouts. Metallica ain’t one of them.
Lots of people are pointing out that this album is more tame than Metallica’s older music - it isn’t so “thrash” and heavy. Yet it’s become their most iconic album of all time. Personally, I like this style of rock better. It allows you to focus more on the meanings behind the lyrics and the stories being told within the songs. Some of the songs are on the heavier, fast-paced side (“The Struggle Within”) like that of their older music, while some of the songs are slower and more tame. “Nothing Else Matters” reminds me of “Fade To Black” from their earlier album “Ride The Lightning” in the sense that it is calm and haunting. I think every single song on this album is excellent and meaningful. Metallica is the definition of great rock music.
Yeah.. they’ve changed their sound... a lot. People give this album crap a lot but it’s just them changing up their tone. Even though it’s basically mainstream rock more than it’s metal. There are some good riffs in it and it’s overall decent. Personally not one of my go-to albums when I want to listen to Metallica.
Everyone thought that Metallica was crazy when they decided to shorten things down for their self titled 5th album; boy were they in for a surprise 😝 😜 💭 I remember watching the creepy music video for the 1st single “Enter Sandman” & ultimately I knew that this legendary Heavy Metal quartet have made it at long last after 10 years, and they did so for the right reasons 🤘 🎵 🎼 🎶
Tracks like “enter sandman” and “nothing else matters” are very overrated but tracks like “of wolf and man” and “struggle within” are very underrated and this album is really good all around even if it’s not thrash
The Black Album is an amazing album. It’s different from their first several albums which were more thrash like but it was a good change that I think brought in more people. The album has no song that is bad. All the songs are great and especially fun to play on guitar if you’re a guitarist.
This was the turning point from thrash to rock. Even though that sounds negative, there are many great songs coming out of this. Enter Sandman, despite being overrated is still a great song, and Wherever I May Roam is my personal favorite on this album with its killer riff. The soft stuff like Unforgiven is OK. And that is what sums up the black album. Not awesome like RTL but not awful like the early 200s. 3 stars
Hey, anyone remember when Jethro Tull beat Metallica in the grammy's for "best metal album," back in the day? JT was insulted. Metallica was insulted. Everyone knew the system was rigged and BS. All that changed when this album came out. Every metal band musician learned this album. It influenced everyone in some way. Some hated it and swore it's when Metallica "went pop." Some praised it because KH sat downa nd learned some fancy licks from the world's greatest fusion guitar soloist. CONGRATS! YOU CAN NOW PLAY A FEW LICKS LIKE STEVE VAI AND JOE SETRIANI. Did I even SPELL Joe's surname right?! Doesn't matter! It's not all about KH, and it's not about Jason Newstead, and it's not even about Lars a decade prior to painting like a Jackson Pollok ripoff. What matters, here, is that Metallica EVOLVED to the highest level of mix and master, to highest level of lyrical genius, and the highest level of musicality in their song writing. This is the pinnacle, boys and girls. After this, we have Hero of the Day, and then Fuel. Sorry, everybody. So, just remember, this isn't Metallica's first album. It was their last. Give it some love. Oh, and Metallica, hurry up and remaster this, so that my subwoofer falls in love all over again. Thanks, gang.
Great album and songs . A great metal album . It's metallica what more can I say after this album came 3 albums that I don't count . Then death magnetic which was a good album .This had a lot of melody and in my opinion one of the best recordings the band actually had out of all their albums . All the people saying this is bad to this day the album sells 5,000 copies a week I guess they did something right . The best metal band period .