Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ Was Released 20 Years Ago Today

Posted by on August 12, 2011


It was 20 years ago today when Metallica released their self-titled record, better known as The Black Album. While the album has had its fair share of haters thanks to its more polished sound (remember, this was BEFORE Load and Reload), The Black Album still without question made Metallica into household names. Having spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard 200, The Black Album (Metallica’s first album with producer Bob Rock) has since been certified 15x platinum and is the best-selling album of the SoundScan era.

Songs like “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True” and “Nothing Else Matters” not only attracted new fans to the band, but also to the genre of metal. To celebrate The Black Album’s 20th anniversary, though, we decided to highlight a lesser known track off the album (because chances are you’ve heard “Enter Sandman” on every radio station by now). Take a listen to the album’s ending track “The Struggle Within” up top. 

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