If you were around in the summer of 1991 when Metallica dropped their black album, you’ll remember how much of a shock it was. First, they brought back the bass that was largely missing from …And Justice for All (a good thing). And second, it was far, far more radio friendly and commercially accessible than anything they’d done to today.
Credit Canadian producer Bob Rock for convincing the band to deconstruct everything and rebuild. The black album still sounds great and has sold somewhere north of 31 million copies worldwide, including over one million in Canada.
But what if the band hadn’t taken Rock’s advice and guidance and recorded, say, “Enter Sandman,” in the traditional thrashy Metallica fashion? Then it might have sounded like this.
(Via Metal Injection)