Album no. 11: “Black Album” – Metallica

Album: “Metallica (The Black Album)”
Band: Metallica
Year: 1991
Single: “Enter Sandman”
Best Song: “Nothing Else Matters”

Tracklist
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. The God That Failed
11. My Friend of Misery
12. The Struggle Within

About the album — This iconic Metallica album was what first got me into the band. It is also considered by many the last completely great Metallica album. Though following albums had a handful of great Metallica songs, none were filled with really good music from the first track to the last.

The Black Album is Metallica’s fifth album. After “Kill ‘Em All,” “…And Justice For All” “Master of Puppets,” and “Ride The Lightning,” making another album that would live up to those expectations was going to be a tough task among Metallica fans.

The Black Album is probably their first radio-friendly album as well. “Enter Sandman,” their first single along with “Nothing Else Matters,” “Sad But True” and “Unforgiven” are all “popular” songs that could be listened to by any music fan.

But hidden behind those songs are some Metallica gems such as “Of Wolf and Man,” “Holier Than Thou,” and “Don’t Tread On Me” (which was released as the second single).

And despite being the second most popular song among casual music fans on the album, “Nothing Else Matters” is known as one of the most iconic and beautiful Metallica songs ever written.

See for yourself why with this incredible version with the San Francisco Symphony.

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