Metallica (Black Album)

by Metallica

(1991) Elektra #B000002H97

Personnel James Hetfield: Vocals, Guitar, Kirk Hammett: Lead Guitar, Jason Newsted: Bass, Lars Ulrich: Drums
Description Metallica's entrance into the mainstream. One of the greatest metal albums of all time.
Posted By Jason Reich (1765)
Directory Recordings: Metal
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On 9/18/2005, Danny Olin (18) posted:
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This is my favorite Mettalica CD!!!!! It has all of my favorite songs except for master of pupetts but still a great CD.
On 2/17/2003, James Younan (89) posted:
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This is indeed one of the greatest Metallica albums of all time , I like all the songs on this one , but my Favorite is "Nothing else matters " what a great song that i still play every day and it still sound fresh to me , don't you metallica fans agree on that ? the most powerfull metallica song is on there "Wherever i may roam " Can't find the words to describe this one , purly a kick A*****. you want a hard edged heavy one then you got "Through the never " that will storm through out your room ! a very nice song to start your day , and of course i don't want to miss this one "Enter sandman" that will lay the smack down on you , I can go through each song and talk about it for hours ,Metal lovers this is a must have one .
On 8/6/2002, Frank Flaherty (75) posted:
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Easily Metallica's best album. Every song on here is a hit. 'Nuff said.
On 1/26/2002, Inactive Member posted:
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This is the best metallica cd!!!!!!!!! its soo cool!!!! the guitars are good! everything is good
On 8/28/2001, Inactive Member posted:
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I think this album is not so much for pure metal-style aggro release purposes as it is for the pure enjoyment of classic music that every hard rock fan knows. My personal fave on here is Sad But True. I think Enter Sandman is overplayed and is actually the worst song on here. I have to give credit where credit is due. Even if I didn't like this album, I would still give FOUR stars just because it deserves respect. Just friggin' buy it already, everyone else has. This is the album that will live as a legend in record stores, on the charts, and in the hearts of millions. HOWEVER, Master of Puppets will live forever in the hearts and souls of REAL Metallica fans and REAL METAL FANS!
On 7/20/2001, Keith Deuser (2686) posted:
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Okay, this album is a must buy for any Metallica fan. It is an awesome record. There's really nothing more to say. if I got into the details, this review would be way too long. Every song on the album is awesome. It has great guitar in it. If I could give it a 6 overall rating, I would.
On 5/13/2001, Michael Carter (1094) posted:
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-Well, its not exactly M.O.P but, this is a solid ablum, with a was new direction for the band. Sandman is good +sad but true, but nothing else stands out.
On 2/4/2001, Ryan Martin (1002) posted:
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In my opinion, their last good album.
On 1/25/2001, Jason Levandofsky (506) posted:
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I'm sorry to disagree, but this album sucks. It is just not true to the spirit of Metallica. If you grew up on Kill Em All and Ride the.. like I did you will be very disappointed in this weak album.
On 9/14/2000, Michael Paetz (216) posted:
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Like I was saying in my intro, this is one of their best albums ever to come out from this group. The first track "Enter Sandman," will have you rockin. Track 2: Sad But True, is a bit heavier on the guitar playing, but is awesome! "The Unforgiven," track 4, and track 8: Nothing Else Matters," are ballads that start off acoustically, but grow into masterpieces of art. Some of my other favorites on this CD are: "Wherever I May Roam," "Of Wolf and Man," and "My Friend of Misery." All powerful in their right mind. Definitley better than their new stuff. If you don't know who Metallica is, do check them out, you won't be dissappointed. (Unless you don't care for metal.

If you liked their earlier produced albums: Ride the Lighning, Master of Puppets, Garage Days rerevisited, this one will fit right in. If you haven't, do check them out.
On 6/16/2000, Peppe Lahtinen (1754) posted:
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Strong songwriting and very good production make this good album even though this record doesnt have as much clever tempo-changes and complex riffs as their previous records. In my opinion the guitar players do better work on this album compared to the previous ones: better guitar sounds (more mids) and even some of the solos (of K.H) are quite good.
On 4/2/2000, Steph Moore (72) posted:
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Im giving it 4 stars because it was better then load but not as good as master of puppets or ride, justice.., kill em all etc i love it though sad but true is awsome, great lyrics and enter sandman has probably almost out done stairway to heaven as "most guitar store played song" or however they word it.
On 3/20/2000, Mike Welder (295) posted:
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Got Metallica onto the playlists at radio stations and got people to listen to them that normally would not have. (Myself included.) Their best album ever.
On 1/7/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
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I'll try to keep things short here.
This album was a huge turning point for Metallica. As they found mainstream popularity, they met alot of resistance from the metal crowd. They were accused of "softening up" for the record and things only got worse with load and reload. In truth, this album was a milestone in each individual member's musical career, and for the band as a whole. I'd say Hammet wins the MIP (most improved player) award here. His solos show serious thought and clever composition with a blues foundation and metal accents ("Wherever I may roam"). Hetfeild explores other sides of songwriting with "Nothing Else Matters" and "Unforgiven". His lets his naturally good voice shine through and finds more confidence in his singing ("Nothing Else Matters"). As for Newsted... you can hear him now! Newsted comes out of hiding and steps into the mix with some great basslines ("My friend of misery"). Lars learns the important lesson of restraint and sticks to a much more subtle, yet poweful approach to drumming ("Holier than thou"). Another 5th contributor to this album is the master producer Bob Rock. His style of production works perfectly with the bands new musical tastes and he brings them out perfectly. He is also a pretty funny guy. If you hate Metallica, you won't like this album. If you love Metallica, you already have this album. My personal favorite.