Metallica 6/23/21

Set for release on September 10th is the eagerly awaited multi-media box set edition of Metallica’s self-titled 1991 set, better known to fans as the “Black Album.” The massive Metallica “Deluxe Box Set” includes 14 CD’s, six LP’s, and six DVD’s among much more.

Featuring over 24 hours of content, the new set includes the original “Black Album” remastered on 180-gram vinyl & CD, the “Sad But True” picture disc, a Live At Wembley EP, the Live In Moscow double-LP, two interview CD’s, five CD’s of demos and rough mixes, six live CD’s, and six live and behind the scenes DVD’s.

The set also includes a lyric folder, three lithos, lanyard, tour laminates, three guitar picks, and a 120-page book filled with never-before-seen photos and stories from those who were there. The collection runs just under $240.

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Also coming on September 10th is a companion covers collection, titled, The Metallica Blacklist, which included a whopping 53 covers by such artists as Weezer, St. VincentMy Morning JacketCage The ElephantDarius RuckerJason Isbell & The 400 UnitJuanesCorey Taylor, along with Miley Cyrus‘ rendition of “Nothing Else Matters,” which also features Elton JohnWatt, Yo-Yo MaRed Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

Back in the day, co-founders James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich spoke about the changes the band had gone through while producing the “Black Album”: [“(James Hetfield): We’ve always kind of prided ourselves on being a little different from all the others. And we just, kind of, go with more of a mental kind of thing. Y’know, kind of mental anguish, or cruelty, or stuff that makes you think a bit. . .  (Lars Ulrich): (It’s) more fun to just, kind of, tackle things that are, just not so obvious. It became pretty clear early on that it was bit more of a challenge than just going for something that was so not like what everybody else was doing. And it’s kind of more fun.”] SOUNDCUE (:25 OC: . . . of more fun)


  • Set for release on September 10th is the massive box set edition of Metallica‘s self-titled 1991 set, better known to fans as the “Black Album.” The “Deluxe Box Set” includes 14 CD’s, six LP’s, and six DVD’s, along with much more.


  • Metallica‘s “Black Album” was released on August 12th, 1991. The set debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 albums chart and eventually sold more than 15 million copies in the U.S. and 22 million worldwide.
  • It is currently the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era of sales tracking.
  • The “Black Album” cost $1 million to record and had to be remixed three times before release.
  • Three members of the group — drummer Lars Ulrich, guitarist Kirk Hammett and bassist Jason Newsted — went through divorces during, and possibly as a result of, its making.
  • The disc yielded six hit singles, including “Enter Sandman,” “Sad But True,” “The Unforgiven,” “Don’t Tread On Me,” “Nothing Else Matters” and “Wherever I May Roam.”