Metallica – Metallica (1991)
Metallica, aka the Black album, earned the band legions of new fans. It’s not hard to see the appeal: 21 years later, this almost feels like a Greatest Hits Volume II collection.
Lars Ulrich & the gang may have the best intros in heavy rock/metal:
– The instantly identifiable Enter Sandman acoustic picking
– The simple sitar pattern from Wherever I May Roam
– The percussion crescendo of The Unforgiven
– Nothing Else Matters gave hope to amateur guitarists around the world, 4 open strings & you’ve got it!
Less than endearing terms like ‘sell out’ tend to enter the conversation when a band hits the mainstream. However, the label is inappropriate here.
More accessible? Unequivocally accurate. Merely a collection of mediocre, radio-friendly unit-shifters? Well the record sold, but sometimes mediocrity is not the only sound that sells.
This one, for example.
From → 1990s