Metallica (album)

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CD - USA - first edition.

Artist Metallica
Published 1991-08-12
Type Studio
Genre Heavy metal, Thrash metal, Hard rock
Themes Anti-authoritarianism, self-reflection, and self-realization

Metallica, often referred to as the Black Album, is the self-titled fifth studio album by the band Metallica. It was released on CD on 1991-08-12. The songs on the album combine the band's earlier thrash metal music with an earlier heavy metal genre. The themes of the music include anti-authoritarianism, self-reflection, and self-realization. The album sold exceptionally well, resulting in six well-received singles, and skyrocketing the band's popularity, however, this also resulted in some earlier fans seeing the band selling out of their pure thrash metal origins.


Own?Yes. Just CD, no case.

I remember hearing songs from this album on the radio in the early 1990s, as both my older brother and sister were into the band. I didn't like the music very much, but I would continue to hear the songs over the years, and they became embedded in my memory. In either the early 2000s, my mother found a CD of the record on the side of the road while walking, and asked if I wanted it, and I accepted it. I played the album, and had some nostalgia for the songs, and began to appreciate them more. I now enjoy the album.


The album cover is mostly black with an embossment of the band's logo in the upper left and the snake from the Gadsden flag in the lower right, a reference to the song, Don't Tread on Me.

Track Listing

All lyrics written by and all songs sung by James Hetfield.

Track Title Writer(s) Rank Rating
1 Enter Sandman Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 6 Rating-5.svg
2 Sad but True Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 8 Rating-4.svg
3 Holier than Thou James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 9 Rating-4.svg
4 The Unforgiven Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 3 Rating-6.svg
5 Wherever I May Roam Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 5 Rating-5.svg
6 Don't Tread on Me Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 10 Rating-2.svg
7 Through the Never Kirk Hammett, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 7 Rating-4.svg
8 Nothing Else Matters James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4 Rating-6.svg
9 Of Wolf and Man Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 1 Rating-8.svg
10 The God That Failed Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield 11 Rating-0.svg
11 My Friend of Misery Jason Newsted, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 12 Rating-0.svg
12 The Struggle Within James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 2 Rating-7.svg

The album's total score is 314.


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