Ryan Javate – Mustangs Ahead

 (LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- Metallica’s upcoming album, “The Metallica Blacklist,” scheduled to be released on Friday, Sept. 10 is a tribute to their most popular album, the “Black Album”.

The “Black Album” was released on Aug. 12, 1991 and was the fifth album released by the heavy metal band and deviates quite a bit from their first four albums.

When “Black Album” was released, the album reached the number one spot in ten different countries and spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Charts.

As of 2012, the album has been certified platinum 16 times and has sold over 16 million copies in the United States.

LRHS sophomore John Gallagher said, “This is Metallica’s most iconic album and without it a lot of people would not have gotten into the band.”

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After the release of their fourth studio album, “And Justice for All,” consequence.net stated, “The band’s front man James Hetfield, guitarist Kirk Hammet, bassist Jason Newsted, and drummer Lars Ulrich-sought to try something different for their next album”.

To follow the same vision as most of the band, they hired producer Bob Rock who believed Metallica’s first four albums never captured the feel of their live concerts.

Recording sessions were held from Oct. 6, 1990, through June 16, 1991, at One-on-One Recording Studios and what came out of these sessions would mark Metallica’s peak for the next three decades.

The “Black Album” comes off as slower than the previous four albums, as it goes for a harder and louder approach to their songs, instead of their original faster and chaotic sound.

udiscovermusic.com stated that, “Bob Rock encouraged the band to use the drums to drive the song forwards instead of lagging behind the guitars.”