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Category: Speed/Thrash

Year: 1991

Label: Elektra

Catalog Number: 9 61113-2

Average Rating: 89 / 100 (11 ratings)

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Metallica Metallica Album Cover

James Hetfield guitars, vocals
Kirk Hammett lead guitar
Jason Newsted bass
Lars Ulrich drums

This CD is often referred to as The Black Album.
1.  Enter Sandman  5:31
2.  Sad But True  5:24
3.  Holier Than Thou  3:47
4.  The Unforgiven  6:26
5.  Wherever I May Roam  6:44
6.  Don't Tread on Me  4:00
7.  Through the Never  4:03
8.  Nothing Else Matters  6:28
9.  Of Wolf and Man  4:16
10.  The God That Failed  5:08
11.  My Friend of Misery  6:47
12.  The Struggle Within  3:54
Total Running Time:  62:28

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Existing comments about this CD

From: James Date: May 22, 2004 at 15:21
I don't like Metalica. Never really have but if i had to choose only one album by them to have i think i would have to go with this one. Has some really great songs on it IMHO. some see this as the down fall of the band but it did bring them to the mainstream.

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: May 25, 2004 at 23:37
I am so burn't out with this band. Who cares about 'em anymore? JUST GO AWAY!

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From: Blue Charvel Date: May 26, 2004 at 10:32
This is when everything started to go horribly wrong... Good hooks, nice riffs but damn it's like the songs are dumbed down for the average hard rock fan. No edge to it... I have to admit though, I still like it (I'm also an average hard rock fan... ), it's just not really Metallica to me.

From: Richierocker Date: May 28, 2004 at 18:35
Good album, good riffs and solos. One thing though this is were all the posuers came out of the woodwork and said ya Metallica man they rock!! and a lot of those people think that htis is their first album. I like this album but I prefer the older material.

From: Shannon Date: June 19, 2004 at 23:41

From: Big Papa K Date: July 7, 2004 at 22:04
Sure, they are not thrash anymore, but does that mean they are bad? No, but they have clearly switched to hard rock here. The hits have all been played to death, but they are all strong (except 'Sad But True'). The album tracks are still pretty good. 8/10

From: Duffman Date: July 16, 2004 at 7:10
Bloody sellouts, that's all I can say about this album and the band.

From: joe maiden Date: August 5, 2004 at 14:08
i hate metallica just i want to say metallica sucks and the best album of metallica it dosen't = the worst album of the great iron maiden

From: jason (FA-Q) Date: August 28, 2004 at 23:28
This album is the re-birth of Metallica. Once they recorded this album, the band would never be the same.

From: holy metal Date: September 5, 2004 at 5:00
The beginning of metallica's bad times in these album the only songs that are true heavy metal are: sad but true, wherever i may roam, through the never and my friend of misery, good album but don't have comparation with the 80's metallica's albums.

From: the mechanix Date: September 8, 2004 at 18:06
This is the begining of the end.After And Justice For All there was never a good Metallica album.As far as I'm concerned,Metallica is over. Oh,and by the way,Megadeth is better than Metallica will ever be.

From: Smokey Date: September 19, 2004 at 18:03
first to all of you who said this album was horrible you need a serious wake up call. This album was the best they ever did. I'm a huge Metallica fan and all of you who haven't hears the rest of their albums need to listen to them before you jugde a great band that has the balls to stay together since before most of you asses were born.

From: Metalhead66 Date: November 12, 2004 at 15:48
The balance of metal and pop on this record succeeds!It's not my fave,but it is a great statement.After this the Greenbacks called out to them to become more mainstream.... Too bad!!!8/10.

From: Detonator Date: December 1, 2004 at 9:54
This album is the end of Metallica

From: Artie Date: January 7, 2005 at 12:11
This album is flawlessly produced (thanks to Bob Rock). All the instruments are played with perfect precision, and as a result, the harmony of the album is about the best as it can be. Crank up the intro to "Holier Than Thou" and prepare your eardrums for an assault rifle attack. I get a little sick of the "Metallica hates Napster so Metallica sucks" type of crap. Enjoy the music for what it is.

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 7:56
First,i wnna say that james hetfied rocks and he is an amazing guitarist with unparallel technical prowess. That said,this is album is a more commercialized and mainsteam album than their first 4 album. This shows metallica's attempt to break into the public market. Megadeth would later follow this example. (thank god slayer did not!). Although not as outsatnding as the first four album,it did have its moment. First,it was metallica's most commercailly successful album.

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 8:01
Secondly,nothing else matter are metallica's most popular song and best singles. Enter sandman,a kick ass anthem,displayed some great riifs while the the unforgiven is good too. But this album clearly got too many filler. Apart from the 3 songs i mentioned,all the other are just average stuff. It was diffent with ride the lightning or justice for all. Those album's so called less well-known songs(dyers eve,crepping death) are almost as good as any of their 'hit' songs. To me thsi album hardly

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 18, 2005 at 8:06
qualify as a 'pure' thrash metal album(example:slayer's show no mercy,overkill's years of deacy),but in their prime,metallica can deliver thrash metal that are second to none. Not a classic like their previous 4 album but still,it's tons better than reload and st anger and certainly able to kick any nu-metaller's ass anyday. Metallica rocks!

From: Metal T Date: April 18, 2005 at 14:36
.........I suggest you go pick up Exodus' "Bonded By Blood" .

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 20, 2005 at 10:55
Metal T,i've heard that album before. But is it good? Does it more resemble theblack album or ride the lightning etc?

From: Metal T Date: April 20, 2005 at 15:50
Even though "Bonded By Blood" was released 2 years after "Kill Em All" Exodus' were the true pioneers of real thrash metal.Metallica just took all the credit and got all the glory.Don't let anyone try to tell you different GLAM FAN .BBB cranks and doesn't really resemble anything in Metallica's discography in my book .They're would be no Kirk Hammett without Exodus---as he used to play in Exodus .

From: viking king Date: April 20, 2005 at 23:53
exodus are good but they werent pioneers of thrash early metallica is leagues above exodus

From: viking king Date: April 20, 2005 at 23:56
dave of megadeth is a better gutarist then james metallica shouldnt gave dave the boot

From: Metal T Date: April 21, 2005 at 9:20
Metallica leagues above Exodus ???? ....afraid not.They sold more records,and thats about it.Agree on Mustaine though,he is definitely a better player than Hetfield .

From: viking king Date: April 25, 2005 at 14:50
listen to early metallica and exodus even though exodus are good they are weak in comparison exodus an and no way where they pioneers thrash METAL T ...the song taxic waltz compared to master of puppets enough said

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 26, 2005 at 5:40
Isn't motorhead or venom the true creator of thrash. Motorhead started playing thrash(by infusing the fury and aggresion of british metal with the speed of punk) way before metallica or exodus even did(in the mid 80's). Ace of spades,overkill,welcome to hell-those album are the pioneers of thrash,in my opinion.

From: Metal T Date: April 26, 2005 at 11:44
Most definitely...If we were to get technical Motorhead ala Restless And Wild era Accept' probably gave birth to what would ultimately become thrash metal.--Well,I don't see that (library.uwa.edu.au) sh*t on your signature GLAM FAN,and that post made too much sense.N

From: Metal T Date: April 26, 2005 at 12:07
cont'd....Nor do i see that (wa.bigpond.net.au) poop on there either---and furthermore Venom' were rather the pioneers of "irritating noise". Their "Welcome To Hell" record sounds like it was recorded on a cheap 20 dollar tape recorder.They couldn't play,they sucked donkey d**ks !! "Baloff Era Exodus"was the real deal .

From: viking king Date: April 27, 2005 at 0:21
thrash is the the bastard child of hardcore and metal motorhead was the only metal band that punks would listen to

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 28, 2005 at 0:30
If you listen to motorhead,they were actually more of a hardcore punk or punk metal band,like suicidal tendencies and flotsam and jetsam. They had a more punkish sound than most thrash/speed metal band. Just compare them to slayer who had no punk spund and are just a straight ahead speed metal band and you'll see the difference. and the facts that lemmy was friend with the ramones makes the punk love em even more. I think motorhead is half punk and half thrash. That's why they appeal to both

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 28, 2005 at 0:41
genre's fans,except glam fans(i'm the exception!). They should belong in this site too. They are still consider thrash by many-why isn't motorhead and venom included in this site. they were two bands that were responsible for the emergence of thrash,death and black metal in the 80's and 90's. If it wasn't for them both,this site wouln't even exist. Metal T,sure the production of welcome to hell was poor,but that album was still consider a classic of metal and few album were able to produce an

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 28, 2005 at 0:47
atmosphere like welcome to hell at that period. This album have all the elements of hard rock,classic metal,thrash and black metal. This is black sabbath plus iron maiden,man! To sum it up,welcome to hell,more than any other album,crystalized the elemnts of what later became known a thrash,black,death and virtually every other form of extreme metal. In another word:no welcome to hell=no reign in blood,no master of puppets,no bonded by blood,no jester race,no altars of madness etc

From: GLAM FAN Date: April 28, 2005 at 0:52
I think most thrash metal bands are unlike other metal genre(classic metal like priest,power metal,glam metal)because thrash was equally infleunce by punk as they were by nwobhm. They poccess the power and guitar attack of iron maiden and judas priest yet,they also had the speed and tempo as well as lyrics of hardcore punk. Thats why a think thrash is one of the unpurest form of metal like nu-metal which combines metal with hip hop.rap and industrail.

From: Viking king Date: April 29, 2005 at 2:00
slayer put out a cd of punk covers

From: Viking king Date: April 29, 2005 at 2:05
suicidal tendencies were a punk band that went metal like d.r.i all those crossover bands

From: Rafo Phoenix Date: May 14, 2005 at 9:32
Great Heavy Metal album, como que speed thrash que carajos conocen de estilos o que???, aca se cierra la historia de Metallica un album con grandes cortes a diferencia de sus antecesores que estaban hechos al Thrash aca exploran el Heavy Clasico aun con algunos indicios de su pasado, sin duda el album negro es grande despues de este vino el declibe de la banda tratando de explorar otros caminos en un mundo que cambio drasticamente con el auge del Grunge que mato poco a poco al gran Heavy Metal.

From: teacher Date: June 19, 2005 at 23:25
kirk hammet was in exodus,dave did better with megadeth ,is there last good album or the 1st bad? oh well its the begining of the end for them! i heard a rumor that they are gonna go bak to the style in the old days! exodus is awesome! pantera rules ,posers die!

From: starvin marvin Date: July 1, 2005 at 13:19
this album rocks, not like the "good ole days" for all you old people, but sure, its still a good album, and yeah the system has failed from megadeth is a good cd teacher

From: Date: September 6, 2005 at 13:46
hi from COSTARICA,EN MI COLECCION DE 745 CDS ESTE QUEDA DESCATALOGADO sin duda su gran cagada,un cambio de velocidad a los que nos tenian acostumbrados,y con varios temas de relleno que llegan a aburrirte todavia el cambio de productor BOB ROCK (bah)de aqui me duele decirlo AQUI METALLICA SE VENDIO Y FUE CAYENDO ESTREPITOSAMENTE HACIA EL VACIO.2/10 NO ERA EL DISCO DE METALLICA Y METALLICA MATO AL THRASHMETAL. QUEDA CLARO

From: mauricio Date: September 7, 2005 at 13:12
se me olvido decir que este disco tiene 4 temas de relleno,sin embargo este disco sono hasta la saciedad ya aburre, es mas este disco de metallica es como la gripe ,todos la han tenido.aunque en costa rica fue un best seller es un album musicalmente malo muy pobre

From: juan carlos Date: December 13, 2006 at 16:40
Cambio total a los Metallica de antaño. No puedo negar que el album gusta pero a medias. No es un album como para decir que es un clásico, muy aparte de lo que diga la prensa o los millones que compraron este disco. Los que saben quienes fueron los VERDADEROS METALLICA lo saben. Este de hecho que fue el auge y caida, temas comerciales buenos pero que NO son los Metallica.. Sad But True. La 4,8 y 9 mis favoritas, nada mas. 8/10

From: pie75 Date: September 7, 2010 at 9:39
this was the bigining of the end for metallica i've had my moments when i've hung shit on this album but the truthis it's a good album not a great one though it has good songs the sad thing is you had 8 year old kids listening to metallica even fans of poopy top 40 stuff were in to them that made it sad for me as good as this album is you just knew where they were heading afterwards sadly they have never recaptured what they did in their glorious past it got to the point where i literaly hated metallica and didn't even listen to anything of them it's sad what happened to them

From: rick kerch vzla Date: April 4, 2017 at 14:13
An album that took the band into tihe commercial side of metal and caused many reactions among metalheads worldwide...my faves are tracks 1,2,6,7,8 & 12.86/100

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