20 Years Later Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Remains Their Milestone

METALLICA‘s self-titled fifth album, known as “the black album,” came out 20 years ago this past Friday (August 12) and Gibson.com celebrated by compiling a number of quotes from the band members and others into a brief oral history of the project. According to The Pulse Of Radio, the record made METALLICA into superstars after being cult metal heroes for the first eight years of their career, even as it found the band slowing down and abandoning its thrash metal beginnings for a more mainstream, yet still heavy, style.

Drummer Lars Ulrich told Rolling Stone in 1991 about the record’s musical shift, “We felt inadequate as musicians and as songwriters (early in our career). That made us go too far, around ‘Master Of Puppets’ and on ‘…And Justice For All’, in the direction of trying to prove ourselves. We’ll do all this weird-ass shit sideways to prove that we are capable musicians and songwriters.”

Ulrich added about the eight months it took to make the album, “[Recording] should have gone quicker, in theory, than trying to get everything note-perfect like we have before. But as usual with METALLICA, all those theories and normalities go straight out the window. It took us twice as long to make a record that is twice as loose.”

Frontman James Hetfield said, “It was [once] a challenge for us to jam every riff in the universe into one song and make it work. Now we’re pretty much doing the opposite. Which is even more of a challenge.”

The album was the first of four collaborations with producer Bob Rock, with whom the band clashed throughout the recording of the disc. Rock recalled to Music Radar, “The first three months were difficult. They were all very suspicious of me. It wasn’t a fun, easy record to make. I told the guys when we were done that I’d never work with them again. They felt the same way about me.”

Ulrich said about Rock in NME, “We’d never really had anybody push us before . . . We’ve always thought of ourselves as ‘Big Bad Metallica,’ but Bob taught us a new word none of us had ever heard before: soulful.”

“The black album” in 2009 surpassed SHANIA TWAIN‘s 1997 record, “Come On Over”, as the best-selling CD of the SoundScan era. To date, the black album has sold 15,689,000 copies.

Although METALLICA had scored their first radio and video airplay with their previous effort, 1988’s “…And Justice For All”, the black album was the band’s biggest commercial breakthrough, producing five singles and making them into one of the most popular rock bands in the world.

Official Metallica Footage At Sonisphere

Official Metallica.com footage of METALLICA‘s pre-show meet-and-greet, tuning-room jam and performance at the July 8 “Big Four” concert at the U.K. installment of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth House has been made available.




Metallica Live Concert Footage In Sweden

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA‘s July 3 performance at Ullevi stadium in Gothenburg, Sweden has been released:

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Beatallica Releases ‘Fuel On The Hill’ Music Video

The Milwaukee-based band BEATALLICA, a satirical mashup act whose schtick marries the songwriting prowess of THE BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA, is continuing to support its latest release, “Masterful Mystery Tour”, with a set of East Coast tour dates throughout April.

The group’s latest video, “Fuel On The Hill”, was directed by Mike VVeber and assisted by Tim “Murph Dawg” Murphy.

Beatallica Releases ‘Hero Of The Day Tripper’ Music Video

“Hero of the Day Tripper” is the new video from the Milwaukee-based band BEATALLICA — a satirical mashup act whose hilarious schtick marries the songwriting prowess of THE BEATLES to the deep-throated rock growl of METALLICA . The song comes off BEATALLICA‘s new album, “Masterful Mystery Tour”, which was released on August 4. The CD features 12 tracks, including “The Battery of Jaymz and Yoko” and “I Want to Choke Your Band”.

Metallica | ‘Broken, Beat And Scarred’

Here is METALLICA‘s new music video for the song “Broken, Beat And Scarred” The performance clip was shot by METALLICA‘s longtime friend and collaborator, famed video director Wayne Isham, on December 13, 2008 at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California and December 12, 2008 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.

Bootleg Metallica Footage At SXSW

Fan filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song “Harvester Of Sorrow” during last night’s (Friday, March 20) “secret” gig at Stubb’s Bar-B-Q in Austin, Texas as part of the “Guitar Hero Metallica” showcase during the Texas capital’s annual South By Southwest music and media festival can be viewed below.

According to Jake Coyle of Austion360.com, METALLICA jokingly attempted to pose as one of the hundreds of smaller bands at South By Southwest just hoping to get a record deal.

“We’re a young band from Norway and we want to get signed,” METALLICA frontman James Hetfield told the audience at Stubb’s.

METALLICA played for slightly more than an hour, performing both classics and, as Hetfield called it, “new stuff” off teh band’s 2008 album “Death Magnetic”.