Metallica-Black Album- James Hetfield,Kirk Hammett

Metallica (affectionately known as “The Black Album” in the same way The Beatles had been dubbed “The White Album“), we show in this  classic rock interview with Metallica’s lead singer/songwriter James Hetfield and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett how the band sits atop the family tree of hard rock/heavy metal evolution which you can trace back over forty years to Deep Purple In Rock and the first Black Sabbath album. Like AC/DC’s Back in Black a decade before, Metallica’s “Black Album” is the hard rock collection for people who thought they didn’t like hard rock. Officially certified at more than 16 million copies sold in just the US, and with critics at Rolling Stone magazine ranking it #252 on their Top 500 Albums of All Time, you would assume that Metallica (containing “Enter Sandman”,”The Unforgiven”,”Nothing Else Matters”,“Sad But True”) coasted unimpeded to this pinnacle, but quite the opposite is true.

The traditional gatekeepers and kingmakers of rock respectability, including U.S. radio, the rock press, the Grammy Awards, and to a lesser extent MTV, all thought that by ignoring heavy metal that it would just go away. That conspiracy lasted a full twenty years.  “Conspiracy, I like that,” chuckles Metallica frontman James Hetfield. “That’s pretty spot on,” agrees lead guitarist Kirk Hammett. ” It resonates within a lot of people, heavy metal and aggressive music. People hear it and can relate instantly because it strikes an (emotional) chord within them that they can relate to . ..It takes them away in a way that they want to be taken.”

For a visually stunning and audibly gut-punching workout of your home theater system, be sure to get Metallica Through the Never  on Blu-ray video, too.-Redbeard