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Since their inception in 1981, Metallica have gone from an underground heavy-metal band to one of the most successful acts in the world, with an intensely loyal if not rabid fanbase. Their relevance is undeniable as evidenced by their ability to sell out stadiums and arenas worldwide while continuing to sell millions of albums with each release -- a feat no other band in history has sustained ... Read more in Amazon's Metallica Store

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00000B9AM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
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Called "the Black Album" by many (due to its monochrome cover), Metallica marks the group's entrance into the mainstream, with shorter songs, simpler song structures and slower tempos overall. That said, this is an excellent album, featuring some of the best songwriting Metallica has ever done. "Enter Sandman", "Wherever I May Roam" and "God That Failed", despite being slower and more groove-oriented than the band's earlier work, feature the same heavy riffs and heavier rhythms that have always been a feature of Metallica's music. The band goes introspective with "Unforgiven" and proves that they can write a ballad with "Nothing Else Matters", which succeeds better than one might expect. Overall, this is a high-energy album despite its laid-back approach and is in many ways superior to the previous ... And Justice for All, which was weakened by overly complicated song structures and mediocre production. --Genevieve Williams

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Any attempt to move away from a tried and tested formula is often met with resistance by some fans who never want their idols to change. Smarter than your average heavy metal band, the more complex turn-on-a dime twists of their previous albums, Master Of Puppets and 1989’s And Justice For All, were trimmed back in favour of a more honed-down delivery. Though the band didn’t always see eye to eye with Bob Rock (who had previously cut his teeth engineering for the likes of Bon Jovi before producing Motley Crue’s Dr.Feelgood), the tensions between the two camps resulted in an album bursting at the seams with alternative ideas.

Sure enough, accusations that they had sold out came from the rump of hardcore fans within seconds of their fifth album being released in 1991. Several years later thousands of fans signed an online petition calling on the band to sever its links with Bob Rock such was their conviction that their beloved Metallica had strayed from the straight and narrow.

Yet his involvement gained them mass sales (number one on both sides of the Atlantic) and earned them the Grammy they’d missed out on, having lost out to Jethro Tull’s Catfish Rising the previous year. With millions of new fans going on to discover their back catalogue, Metallica moved from cult metal gods to bona fide rock stars, straddling the airwaves with the psycho-dramatics of “Enter Sandman”, whose terse motifs served notice that things were changing. The spaghetti western set dressing of “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters” with its sensitive lyrics and string section embellishments, as well as the widescreen dynamics of “My Friend Of Misery” demonstrated how keen they were to move things on.

In “The God That Failed”, vocalist, rhythm guitarist and principle writer, James Hetfield deals unflinchingly with parental loss and the contradictions of faith in a mature and considered manner. The confidence exuding from almost every track isn’t due to a clichéd, puffed-up HM swagger but a result of literate and articulate artists breaking free of generic expectation. --Sid Smith

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. A. Cure VINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
They're all here - Sad But True, Unforgiven, Wherever I May Roam, Nothing Else Matters, and of course Sandman. Its good - in fact its great, but in my humble view ...And Justice for All was their finest hour, so it doesn't quite match that album, and by this stage they'd lost their speed and technicality. Having said that, this is one of those seminal albums that will stand the test of time as a classic like Nevermind, Appetite for Destruction, 4 Symbols, and Dark Side of the Moon. My personal favourite is Don't Tread on Me, which sums up their essence in its harmonised lead riff, and strong Hetfield Chorus. Often cited for its great production, it features a far more standardised production than its predecessors, which gives it a bigger sound, but I guess this was a reaction to the unfair criticism over the lack of reverb on Justice. This is a great album that any fan of guitar-based music should own.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tyrone on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant album for this great metal band. This is one of those albums that you can listen to all the way through without stopping. Every song on this album is great but these are my faves.
Enter sandman: Spooky tune, perfect lyrics, sweet intro, and one of the greatest guitar solos in the history of metal.
The Unforgiven: Slower than what were used to, but thats not a bad thing. This is one of the most beatiful rock songs ever.
Nothing else matters: Slow and melodic. a beautiful piece of music. Even though the song is slow the band still manages to get a guitar solo in the song.
The struggle within: Old school, fast paced metal. classic Metallica, with a wicked intro.
Sad but true: Heavy with wicked lyrics, what more can I say?
Wherever I may roam: A cool tune and sweet lyrics and a somewhat egyptianized intro which is weird, but it suits the song good. So in short, a wicked song.
The Black album is the perfect album for Rock fans.
If you like this album you should check out "Master of Puppets"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Styles on 7 Feb. 2007
Format: DVD Audio
The music on the album is obviously brilliant, I think we are all agreed on that.

When I got this album I first listened to it in 5.1 which was fantastic.

Then I played it through my DVD-A player. WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW! This album is mixed so well. On the first track Enter Sandman the difference between the 5.1 mix and the DVD-A is very different. The DVD-A mix is more complex with more layers of vocals (The line " Off to never never land" is whispered out of the back speakers instead of being sung through the front)and more phat guitar riffs coming out of the rear speakers. The sound is so full and crisp.

This album is worth buying a DVD-A player for.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul on 8 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
This review seems almost a pointless exercise as a) everyone probably owns this and b) most people say this is Metallicas finest work. Well I disagree with the latter reason. I love this album and gave it a truly deserved 5 (probably be a 9/10 if that was an option) but that is listening to it on its own merits, ie being adult about it. Listening in a little more childish manner this would be rated as a Metallica album and therefore compared to their other work. This album is far superior to St Anger, but then so was Take That's last effort I imagine. It is the best of the "new" more abbreviated Metallica which includes Load and Reload but it pales somewhat next to the previous 4 outings, especially master of Puppets which has to be the pinnacle for the band musically if not commercially. This album brought Metallica into the mainstream and found them lots of new fans but I will always remember this as the beginning of the end for the band. One reviewer compares this to Back in Black, I agree, that album is also excellent but not the bands (AC/DC) finest and also the start of something new and not altogether wonderful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Henry on 16 Jun. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This brilliant album from Metallica converted me to the heavy metal genre. Before I heard this masterpiece, I didn't think much of said genre, but after its sound graced my bedroom, I was a changed man.
Opening up with "Enter Sandman", which starts off with a delightful guitar riff, never fails to blow me away. Following up from that is "Sad But True", which has the same effect as "Enter Sandman".
Then there is "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing Else Matters". These two tracks slow things down a little, the latter being my favourite track on the album. It's a very emotional track with lyrics that are easy to sing along to, plus the coolest guitar solo I have ever heard, even better than that of "Hotel California" (by the Eagles), except more short, sharp and sweet.
The album finishes with the lighting speed guitar work of "Struggle Within", which always gets the head banging, and the hands mimicking a guitarist.
Now I listen to the likes of Iron Maiden and Manowar, having previously listened to bands like Stereophonics and Toploader.
Anyone could love this album: I know I did =)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Mar. 2005
Format: Audio CD
'...and justice for all' and 'master of puppets' are my favourite metallica albums because of how fast and heavy they were - they were so amazingly thrashy! this album is not thrash. but that really doesn't make it bad. neither is being a step into the 'mainstream' the making of a bad album. if you think this is a bad album you clearly don't like metal.
what this album has that nothing tallica had done before had was easily listenable songs that were still definably metal to the core. songs like 'enter sandman', 'sad but true' and 'through the never' are strong and heavy but not huge epics. also the vocals of Hetfield on this album are much improved. i would say that this is the album where he really got it right with his singing. he 'sings' more on this album than previously, but it's still brutal enough to sound in place with the music, unlike in future releases where he goes too far and sounds a bit moany.
what this album doesn't have is speed. that's what got metallica where they are and they scrapped it with this. gone is the complicated structures too that never made any of the longer songs boring. this album's songs are much shorter and simpler.
so there are pro's and con's to this album but it is METAL and all the songs are good - they all have good riffs and solos. i promise anybody who likes real metal will like this, but it's not exclusive - alot of rockers will be converted not only to metallica but to metal in general after hearing this. that's why it's a good introduction to the band and the genre as a whole.
it isn't perfect but it's a classic metal album for a reason
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