Metallica (commonly known as The Black Album) is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Metallica. Released on August 12, 1991 by Elektra Records, it received widespread critical acclaim and became the band's best-selling album. Metallica produced five singles that are considered to be among the band's best-known songs, which include "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven", "Nothing Else Matters", "Wherever I May Roam", and "Sad but True"
Metallica are one of the most important bands in the history of heavy metal, which makes choosing the best song from each of their studio albums a rather daunting task. Their first four studio projects helped lay the groundwork for the thrash revolution which reinvigorated the genre in the early '80s. After reaching something of a creative dead end at the end of that decade, Metallica simplified their sound for 1991's "Black Album," which earned them the largest commercial success a heavy metal band has ever seen, but also alienated some of their original fans
The discography of Metallica includes 10 studio albums, four live albums, three extended plays, 39 singles, 10 video albums, 41 music videos, one soundtrack album, one collaboration album, and three box sets. They are a San Francisco-based metal band formed in 1981 by James Hetfield (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Lars Ulrich (drums). After several bassist and lead guitarist changes (including Dave Mustaine), the band settled on Cliff Burton and Kirk Hammett, respectively.
Metallica albums run the gamut from the album that redefined thrash metal to that ill-advised collaboration – here we look back on their back catalogue from worst to best.
Shop in The Metallica Store Ships Worldwide. Metallica's fifth album.
Load was released on June 4, 1996 through Elektra Records, it sold 680,000 units in its first week (making it the biggest opening week for Metallica) and the biggest debut of 1996. Load debuted (and spent four consecutive weeks) at on Billboard 200. The album has sold over five million copies in United States and is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Four singles were released in part of the marketing campaign of the album: "Until It Sleeps", "Hero of the Day", "Mama Said", and "King Nothing".
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|1-1||Ecstasy Of Gold|
|1-3||Master Of Puppets|
|1-4||For Whom The Bell Tolls|
|1-5||Welcome Home (Sanitarium)|
|1-6||Ride The Lightning|
|1-9||The Thing That Should Not Be|
|2-1||Fade To Black|
|2-2||Seek And Destroy|
|2-4||The Four Horsemen|
|2-6||I Am Evil?
Guest [With, From Diamond Head] – Brian Tatler
|2-8||Fight Fire With Fire|
- Recorded At – Birmingham Odeon
NotesRecorded Live At Odeon Theatre, Birmingham, England 20th September 1986.
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- Matrix / Runout (Cd 1): PG – 170 D1
- Matrix / Runout (Cd 2): PG – 170 D2