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  • Audio CD (Aug. 12 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra Entertain.
  • ASIN: B000002H97
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (854 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,028 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Enter Sandman
2. Sad But True
3. Holier Than Thou
4. The Unforgiven
5. Wherever I May Roam
6. Don't Tread On Me
7. Through The Never
8. Nothing Else Matters
9. Of Wolf And Man
10. God That Failed
11. My Friend Of Misery
12. Struggle Within

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Longtime fans may call this one a sellout but that is hardly the case. Instead, the group has increased the bottom end of their sound and keeps the riff-per-song limit down to about two. This may keep Metallica from alienating staunch metal-haters, but it is the quality of the songs - hits such as Enter Sandman and the ballad Nothing Else Matters, but also Holier Than Thou - that has made this their most successful (and best) album to date. Certified at 12 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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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By Tommy Skylar TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 24 2007
Format: Audio CD
In 1991 Metalica releases a self-titled album,"Metallica" or the black album as some fans like to call it and it was a major commercial succes,getting plenty of air time on the radio stations and is one of the best selling album of not only Metallica's career but of all time as well.Its easy to see why,the songs lyrically are the best they have ever done,this album all have slower tempos and they are shorter than usual for the band.All of wich gave Metallica tremendous amounts of succes,some say this is when they sold-out,to me they hadn't sold out yet no because the music on the album even if it is not the Metallica we had grown used to,was still very good.They still rocked at this point,their attitude was the same as before,the songs were great and they still had their long hair!The black album is called that name because the print that read "Metallica" did not come out well on the front and the back of the album,that is quite an interresting fact about this album.

The musical direction they took on this album was different than what they did previously,gone is the trash metal era,and in comes the mainstream.The musical change can be hear clearly,the songs are notably shorter and seem slower than on their previous releases.Now that doesn't mean the album is no good,actually because of that more and more people started listening to them.Some songs really stand out from this album and some songs can be considered amongst the best Metallica have ever done like "Sad But True" a slow,heavy song that is terrific or the superb ballad "The Unforgiven" wich is probably the lyrically best song ever for the band.Also other notable songs are "Wherever I May Roam" and "Of Wolf And Man" wich are favourites here.
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I've heard all the arguments that Megadeth's Countdown to Extinction and Skid Row's Slave to the Grind were the best metal albums in the 90s and for the most part, those two albums were brilliant. There is one metal album that stands alone in the 90s as the best metal album. Metallica's self-titled album is the best album. Metallica's Black Album is a masterpiece. From the classic ballad "Nothing Else Matters" to the fast-paced "Wherever I May Roam", "Enter Sandman" and "The Unforgiven". Metallica delivered the goods in the 90s and this album blows Motley Crue's self-titled album in 1994 out of the water. Forget Nirvana's Nevermind. Forget Alice in Chains. Metallica's Black album and the innovative set Use Your Illusion I and II from Guns N' Roses rank as the best metal albums in the 90s. Metallica finally achieved a #1 album with the BLack album and a #1 single in Canada with Enter Sandman.


Dave Mustaine will have to settle for second place.
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By Holla b'ogn on March 31 2006
Format: Audio CD
Like everyone else, I will qualify my 'Metallica credentials' by announcing what type of fan I am. I listened to this band in 1984 when "Kill 'Em All" ripped my head off and left me crying for mother's milk. I admit, these guys boggled the mind. But it was 1984...and I did grow to like them. The next 2 albums mindblowing. "Ride the Lighting" is impeccable. MOP is amazing. "...And Justice for All" a great album. As a whole this band was certainly the most complete band of the 1980's. It is in this context how 'Black Album' must be listened to. The songwriting is hit and miss, moreso than AJFA, which has a few misses. Some songs are just not good ("Of Wolf and Man"). But what's missing here is that unparalled Bay Area feel of the albums (many older fans will know from whence I speak). The sound everyone tried to copy, but could only be done by a few select bands, of which Metallica led the charge.
This album has a few high points. But Bob Rock is without a doubt the worst producer for a band such as this. If you don't beleive me, check out 'Rock and Hyde.' Or maybe check out Metallica's latest album ("Some Kind of Monster"?). This album is in my view, the turning point for Metallic. Where the division bell tolls. People who cite this album as their best missed the days waiting with bated breath for the next thrash album by Metallica (the 'Black Album' is not thrash). It is the best of the rest, and that is all. If you yearn for the old sounds Metallica, perhaps pray. Or perhaps buy Exodus' "Tempo of the Damned," a "Kill 'Em All"-like thrashfest. All hope is not lost however; D. Mustaine resurrected himself with a great album recently ("The System Has Failed"). Perhaps Metallica should take some advice from Mr. Mustaine--'if it's broke, you better damn well fix it!.'
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By A Customer on July 22 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is metallica's 5th studio album...they've changed a little...well alot. they've matured. some people say it's for the better, some say it's for the worst...i dont care really...the songs are all good and it's an excellent album!!
1)Enter Sandman - one of the WORST songs on the album...EXTREMELY OVERRATED but still a good song - 8/10
2)Sad But True - I love the guitar in this song...excellent song - 9.5/10
3)Holier Than Thou - Underrated song. lyrics are amazing. 9.5/10
4)Unforgiven - Really good song...strong lyrics..amazing guitar solo at the end (i LOVE it). 10/10
5)Wherever I May Roam - One of my fav's on the album - 10/10
6)Don't Tread ON Me - Cool song..heavy - 10/10
7)Through the Never - I love this song...the guitar in the interlude is cool - 10/10
8)Nothing else Matters - classic song. slow song...about trying to have a relationship while living on the road (touring). The guitar in this song is instant classic! - 10/10
9)Of Wolf and Man - cool song...9/10
10)God that failed - cool bass intro...10/10
11)My friend of misery - interesting. 9/10
12)Struggle Within - My fav on the album -10/10
Great album overall, most people say it is the last good album. i don't think so, personally. (that's beside the point). GO GET THIS ALBUM!!!!!
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