When Metallica released their black album in the summer of 1991, it marked a big change from the previous records. First of all, the bass that was absent on …And Justice for All was back. Second, producer Bob Rock helped Metallica streamline their sound into something more accessible for the rest of the planet. It was less thrashy and more structured.
I remember hearing the opening track for the first time and reacting “This is Metallica?” Yup. And the world piled on. The black record has sold somewhere beyond 20 million copies worldwide and remains a classic from the 90s.
For those who like to go under the hood of classic songs, here’s Lars Ulrich’s isolated drums from “Enter Sandman.”