Metallica - Metallica
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Based on 4 reviews
1991 Ratings: #99 / 412
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Based on 394 ratings
1991 Ratings: #43
August 12, 1991 / Release Date
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Elektra / Label
Heavy Metal, Metal / Genres
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I just don't care for the black album. Even when trying to ignore the drop in quality from their earlier stuff, nothing on here is really that exiting to my ears.

The linear tracks all structured around butt-rock riffs with a metallic edge really isn't doing much for me, and the thrashier tracks on here i can't Imagine anyone get exited for if they've ever spent more than five minuttes getting into the genre.

Sure, years of overexposure to some of the tracks like Enter Sandman and Sad Butt ... read more
not thrash enough 0/10
While it isn't as snarling, angry, or aggressive, that doesn't make it any less fun to listen to. The Black Album has got surprisingly catchy tracks, and unsurprisingly brutal tracks as well. It's catchy, abrasive, and entertaining, and at the end of the day, that's what makes a great Metallica record.

Favorite Jams: Sad but True, Nothing Else Matters, Through The Never

Lest Favorite: Don't Tread on Me
It's quite sad how Metallica really declined since the death of Cliff Burton. Sure, ...And Justice For All was still a pretty great album but as soon as the 90s hit Metallica just dipped heavily. Now whilst I think Metallica are best at their older 80s thrash style, I still found this to be a good effort from the band. The iconic "Enter Sandman" is a brilliant opener to this album with it's heavy and iconic riff. Other songs were very heavy too, Holier Than Thou and Sad but True are ... read more
Of their first five albums, their worst effort, but still one of the best metal albums ever made?
How does that work, I ask?
Well... Metallica, I guess. They're just the band of the people. The ultimate. The big one.
This was their last great album, imo, until Hardwired (2016), which I think is their best record since this 1991 motherfucker right here.
*Sad But True
*Holier Than Thou
*The Unforgiven
*Wherever I May Roam
*Nothing Else Matters
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Track List

  1. Enter Sandman
  2. Sad but True
  3. Holier Than Thou
  4. The Unforgiven
  5. Wherever I May Roam
  6. Don't Tread on Me
  7. Through the Never
  8. Nothing Else Matters
  9. Of Wolf and Man
  10. The God That Failed
  11. My Friend of Misery
  12. The Struggle Within 
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