℗ 1991 Blackened Recordings
This is the album that Hetfeild learned to sing. That isn’t a bad thing. Some may look at it like they sold out and I would say that was the next album. Metallica filled my ears when I was a teen and while I don’t listen to much of there newer stuff. I’m a fan and will be for a life.
Without being “too quick to criticize” the music too much, but this is where Metallica definitely stopped making speedier and politically/socially poignant songs to more radio acceptable metal pop. Seriously, a song about the bogeyman? Yo ho indeed. But it’s their band and they can do what they want, and they did a great job making pop metal. Doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes but at least they threw a small bone to old fans with through the never.
People who hate on this album, what is wrong with not doing the same thing over and over? If these guys did thrash the entire time it’d get pretty boring after a while. You guys go way over-the-top all the time. Any tweak is a sellout. Any new direction in the slightest is a sellout. You wanna talk sellouts? Check out today’s artists. Taylor Swift. Tried country, didn’t get any fame. Went STRAIGHT to pop with no gradual movement. Suddenly she’s everywhere and has all the money. Even though every one of her songs are just like the other. Imagine Dragons. Gradually started changing their sound until their latest album when they REALLY went for the money. Billie Eilish. Ed Sheeran. Justin Bieber (though he’s always been a sellout and has NEVER made quality music). I can name dozens more of REAL sellouts. Metallica ain’t one of them.
Lots of people are pointing out that this album is more tame than Metallica’s older music - it isn’t so “thrash” and heavy. Yet it’s become their most iconic album of all time. Personally, I like this style of rock better. It allows you to focus more on the meanings behind the lyrics and the stories being told within the songs. Some of the songs are on the heavier, fast-paced side (“The Struggle Within”) like that of their older music, while some of the songs are slower and more tame. “Nothing Else Matters” reminds me of “Fade To Black” from their earlier album “Ride The Lightning” in the sense that it is calm and haunting. I think every single song on this album is excellent and meaningful. Metallica is the definition of great rock music.
Yeah.. they’ve changed their sound... a lot. People give this album crap a lot but it’s just them changing up their tone. Even though it’s basically mainstream rock more than it’s metal. There are some good riffs in it and it’s overall decent. Personally not one of my go-to albums when I want to listen to Metallica.
Everyone thought that Metallica was crazy when they decided to shorten things down for their self titled 5th album; boy were they in for a surprise 😝 😜 💭 I remember watching the creepy music video for the 1st single “Enter Sandman” & ultimately I knew that this legendary Heavy Metal quartet have made it at long last after 10 years, and they did so for the right reasons 🤘 🎵 🎼 🎶
Tracks like “enter sandman” and “nothing else matters” are very overrated but tracks like “of wolf and man” and “struggle within” are very underrated and this album is really good all around even if it’s not thrash
The Black Album is an amazing album. It’s different from their first several albums which were more thrash like but it was a good change that I think brought in more people. The album has no song that is bad. All the songs are great and especially fun to play on guitar if you’re a guitarist.
This was the turning point from thrash to rock. Even though that sounds negative, there are many great songs coming out of this. Enter Sandman, despite being overrated is still a great song, and Wherever I May Roam is my personal favorite on this album with its killer riff. The soft stuff like Unforgiven is OK. And that is what sums up the black album. Not awesome like RTL but not awful like the early 200s. 3 stars