Out Now: Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ 30th Anniversary Edition, Everything You Could Ever Want to Hear from the 1991 Record (and More), Plus ‘Blacklist’ Covers Project


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What can be said about the 1991 self-titled Black Album from Metallica that hasn’t been said already?

The album marked the start of a new era for the thrash/metal band, a mainstream breakthrough that would go on to sell tens of millions of copies worldwide and help James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Jason Newsted become a household name — much to the chagrin of some of the band’s earlier-era fans, of course.

Still, “Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters,” “Sad but True,” the list goes on. The Black Album was a massive achievement from Metallica and producer Bob Rock (with co-production credits also going to Hetfield and Ulrich), and it has been reissued today, Sept. 10, to mark its 30th anniversary.

To bring things full circle, a companion Metallica Blacklist compilation featuring 53 artists from across the music spectrum tackling a song from the record is also out on streaming platforms ahead of an Oct. 10 physical release. It’s an exhaustive (and, perhaps at times, enthusiastically overstuffed) exercise in showcasing the band’s unmistakable influence on many artists that came later. 100% of proceeds from sales of the Blacklist album benefit 52 different charities.

For the dedicated Metallica fans interested in a deep dive into the robust studio sessions that spawned the Black Album, there’s plenty of material here to entertain for hours. Some specs:

Limited edition deluxe numbered box set (with magnetic flap) of Metallica (Remastered) includes the album remastered on 180-gram double LP and CD, Sad But True picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs featuring unreleased content (live shows, rough mixes, demos, etc), MP3 download card of all audio, four tour laminates, lanyard, three lithos, three guitar picks, lyric folder and sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos + stories from those who were there.

Click here to pick up Metallica: Remastered on CD
Click here to pick up Metallica: Remastered on 3-CD
Click here to pick up Metallica: Remastered on 2-LP
Click here to pick up Metallica: Remastered on Deluxe Box Set

There are multiple “Rough Mix” and demo recordings tracing the album’s conception from start to finish, with the Deluxe Box Set streaming edition spanning 193 tracks and a whopping 15 hours and 39 minutes of running time. It’s seriously massive (click here for the full thing).

As for the Blacklist, various covers from the project were shared in recent weeks as previews of the collection, but having it all available in its final collected form makes for quite a listening experience. A diverse array of artists (spanning pop in Miley Cyrus and Rina Sawayama, for example) to indie (My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers) to alt/rock (Cage the Elephant, Weezer) and beyond joins forces for the tribute, which happens to feature quite a few takes on “Nothing Else Matters.”

The newest video shared from the Blacklist is a take on “Enter Sandman” from Alessia Cara and upstart metal band The Warning:

Click here to pre-order The Metallica Blacklist on 4-CD Box Set
Click here to pre-order The Metallica Blacklist on 7-LP Box Set

The track listing:

“Enter Sandman” — Alessia Cara & The Warning
“Enter Sandman” — Mac DeMarco
“Enter Sandman” — Ghost
“Enter Sandman” — Juanes
“Enter Sandman” — Rina Sawayama
“Enter Sandman” — Weezer
“Sad but True (Live)” — Sam Fender
“Sad but True” — Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
“Sad but True” — Mexican Institute of Sound
“Sad but True” — Royal Blood
“Sad but True” — St. Vincent
“Sad but True” — White Reaper
“Sad but True” — YB
“Holier Than Thou” — Biffy Clyro
“Holier Than Thou” — The Chats
“Holier Than Thou” — OFF!
“Holier Than Thou” — PUP
“Holier Than Thou” — Corey Taylor
“The Unforgiven” — Cage the Elephant
“The Unforgiven” — Vishal Dadlani, DIVINE & Shor Police (ft. Metallica)
“The Unforgiven” — Diet Cig
“The Unforgiven” — Flatbush Zombies (ft. DJ Scratch)
“The Unforgiven” — Ha-Ash
“The Unforgiven” — Jose Madero
“The Unforgiven” — Moses Sumney
“Wherever I May Roam” — J Balvin (ft. Metallica)
“Wherever I May Roam” — Chase & Status
“Wherever I May Roam” — The Neptunes (ft. Metallica)
“Wherever I May Roam” — Jon Pardi
“Don’t Tread On Me” — SebastiAn
“Don’t Tread On Me” — Portugal. the Man
“Don’t Tread On Me — Volbeat
“Through The Never” — The Hu
“Through The Never” — Tomi Owo
“Nothing Else Matters” — Phoebe Bridgers
“Nothing Else Matters” — Miley Cyrus (ft. WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith)
“Nothing Else Matters” — Dave Gahan
“Nothing Else Matters” — Mickey Guyton
“Nothing Else Matters” — Dermot Kennedy
“Nothing Else Matters” — Mon LaFerte
“Nothing Else Matters” — Igor Levit
“Nothing Else Matters” — My Morning Jacket
“Nothing Else Matters” — PG Roxette
“Nothing Else Matters” — Darius Rucker
“Nothing Else Matters” — Chris Stapleton
“Nothing Else Matters” — TRESOR
“Of Wolf and Man” — Goodnight, Texas
“The God That Failed” — IDLES
“The God That Failed” — Imelda May
“My Friend of Misery” — Cherry Glazerr
“My Friend of Misery” — Izia
“My Friend of Misery” — Kamasi Washington
“The Struggle Within” — Rodrigo y Gabriela


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