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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 958 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. Don't Tread On Me 4:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Through The Never 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Nothing Else Matters 6:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Of Wolf And Man 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The God That Failed 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
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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

BBC Review

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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 21 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
Wow, this was the album that got me into Metallica. Often fairly simple but it works on a primal level. Enter Sandman is legendary, I need not say more.
Sad but true, simple, a repetitive beat and easy to pick up lyrics.
Holier than though picks up the pace a little, not the best here but a good song nonetheless.
Unforgiven. Classic.
Wherever I may roam. brooding and menacing. great stuff. slow versus building up to a powerful chorus.
Don't tread on me is a defiant track which thunders along.
Through the never. Again speeds along, before slowing for Hetfields vocals which he spits out with his usual ferocity. Not the greatest metallica track.
Nothing else matters. Classic rock ballad. Emotive guitar works, sedate drumming and genuinly good vocals that show hetfield isn't just a grunter.
Of wolf and men, comes thindering in after and states in no uncertain terms that metallica havent gone soft. The guitar riff is full of power and is unforgettable.
God that Failed, enters with drum and bass before guitars echo in building to a typically metallica riff.
my friend misery, begins with a haunting guitar, that is joined by the rest of the band soon after. Hetfields vocals are a little more subdued here, giving a potent effect.
struggle within, closes the album, beginning with a marching drum beat, before kicking into very fast vocals for the verses. Possibly the weakest track present.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. D. A. Cure VINE VOICE
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica: The Black Album 1 Dec 2003
By Tyrone
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Off to never never land 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Else Matters.
If you like 'metal' then this is an essential CD and like the title of my review as far as Metallic goes - nothing else matters. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Possum Pie
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the vinyl cardboard holder is damaged.
I received this item with one of the vinyl cardboard holder bent, luckily the vinyl is ok. Decided not to return this item to cos it is hard to get this vinyl album.
Published 28 days ago by Na Tee Koon
1.0 out of 5 stars I hate this pile of s***
Best band ever ,then this crap ok unforgiven and nothing else matters are classics but skip everything else up till death magnetic .sell out! Read more
Published 1 month ago by moose
3.0 out of 5 stars a bit old
I like Metallika, but that sounded a bit old or may be I am just out of it, better download
Published 3 months ago by dbm
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST ALBUM MONEY CAN BUY!!!!!
Now this in my opinion so take it as you like this was metallica's biggest and best ever simply because i think that any song on the album could have been released as a single and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by alex ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars rockin
Only bought this for two tracks, sandman and nothing really matters . But the whole album is rockin . Glad I choose it .
Published 4 months ago by steviedee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good work
This is possibly the last truly heavy metal work by Metallica, with 5 or 6 unavoidable tracks for every heavy metal fan.
Published 4 months ago by Fausto
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
Love this album. First album I bought of theirs, and I'm glad I did. Fave track, enter sandman, and nothing else mAtters (which was written for his girlfriend) Really... Read more
Published 4 months ago by springer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!
Growing up in the 70s with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rush, AC/DC, UFO and other "classic", original rock and heavy metal bands, I was generally rather dismissive of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mad Mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Metallica - The Black Album Review
I'm 15 and I was recently introduced to Metallica through YouTube recommendations based on listening to more modern bands I like such as Bullet for my Valentine, Asking Alexandria... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Euan
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