Black to the future

Nationality: US

Genre: Heavy metal


OK, so you all know who Metallica are. But unless you are a thrash metal fanatic, you probably didn’t before 1991. That was when they released their fifth studio album, simply titled Metallica, but known to fans as the Black Album, because of the black nature of the cover. That was the album that made superstars of what until then had just been one of many American bands thrashing out thrash.

It’s by far their biggest selling album, and in fact one of the biggest selling metal albums of all time, and it’s said that this, along with Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Pearl Jam’s Ten, Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, Nirvana’s Nevermind, all of which came out at roughly the same time in 1991, totally redefined where rock was heading.

The Black Album contains most of Metallica’s best known songs. Nothing Else Matters and Enter Sandman are now classics, while Don’t Tread on Me, The Unforgiven, Wherever I May Roam and Sad but True are worthy company for them. And Sonisphere in Madrid is giving festival-goers the chance to enjoy hearing the whole shaboodle live from start to finish.

As the band announced, “you may have picked up already, this year’s European trek has a theme… each night we will be playing “The Black Album” in its entirety to celebrate the 20th (ish!!!) anniversary of its release in August of 1991. We know, we seem to be big on these anniversary things lately… any excuse to get out and play!”

Did you know: Although The Black Album was a number one in most of the western world, for some reason it only peaked at number 27 in Ireland. U2 had just released Achtung Baby, and perhaps everyone was too busy listening to that…


Friday May 25 and Saturday May 26 Madrid Sonisphere Festival GET TICKETS HERE


1.   Enter Sandman

2.   Sad but True

3.   Holier Than Thou

4.   The Unforgiven

5.   Wherever I May Roam

6.   Don’t Tread on Me

7.   Through the Never

8.   Nothing Else Matters

9.   Of Wolf and Man

10.   The God That Failed

11.   My Friend of Misery


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