50 Years, 50 Albums 1991: Metallica ‘Metallica’

50 Years, 50 Albums 1991: Metallica ‘Metallica’

1991 was a great year in music with the debut of Pearl Jam’s Ten, Guns ‘N Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II, and the fifth studio album from Metallica “The Black Album” or self titled. Ten and I & II were incredible albums that gave us songs that have become staples in our music libraries for the past 30 years, but Metallica’s Black album put this band into the mainstream rock arena. Already having a huge “thrash metal” following with the previous four albums, it was the Black album’s slower and heavier sound, with songs like “Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters,” and “Wherever I May Roam,” that put them on the map. “Wherever I May Roam” has even been performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Kamen. The album received widespread critical acclaim and became the band’s best-selling album, certified 16x platinum and selling over 16 million copies worldwide.

Learn more about the album:

James Hetfield And Kirk Hammett Look Back On Metallica’s Black Album

The epic story behind the Black album

Metallica’s Black Album: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

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