Metallica – The Black Album
Metallica is a heavy metal band from San Francisco, formed in 1981 by vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich. The duo first met through an ad in a Los Angeles-based music newspaper. The band’s fast tempos, instrumentals and aggressive musicianship made them one of the founding “big four” bands of thrash metal, alongside Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer. Metallica ranks as one of the most commercially successful bands of all time, having sold over 125 million albums worldwide as of 2018, and are listed as one of the greatest artists of all time by magazines such as Rolling Stone. The Black Album is their fifth studio album, released on August 1991. The recording of the album was troubled, and during production the band frequently came into conflict with their new producer, Bob Rock. The album marked a change in the band’s sound from the thrash metal style of the previous four albums to a slower and heavier one rooted in heavy metal. Metallica promoted the album with a series of tours. They also released five singles to promote the album: “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam”, and “Sad but True”, all of which have been considered to be among the band’s best-known songs. The Black Album received widespread critical acclaim and became the band’s best-selling album, and one of the best selling albums of all time.