1991 marked a turning point in the career path of Metallica. The kings of thrash metal penetrated the mainstream and produced the most successful album of their careers. Instead of long songs, the band suddenly presented easier melodies that the masses loved. What initially surprised and shocked many fans back then is now music history. The Black Album, which is called so because of its artwork, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021 and that is reason enough for the band to celebrate. The groundbreaking release is marked with a teaser of two new albums this year.
The fifth record of their career made the band global superstars. While the pure trash metal doctrine enthusiasts turned away in horror, fans and critics celebrated the group, who suddenly appeared with numerous singles in the international charts. The Black Album has sold 28 million units worldwide to date and it’s no coincidence that Metallica has decided to reissue their successful work for the anniversary.
A Remaster and a Cover Album
Both the remastered Black Album and the covers will be released in digital format on September 10, 2021 with physical copies to come on October 1. No less than 50 different artists contributed to the collection of songs in The Metallica Blacklist. Because the selection of artists for the cover is not limited to the genre of metal, they interpret their favourite songs from the Black Album with their own twist. You can hear the result in the first single releases. At the same time, the new versions demonstrate what influence Metallica’s record originally had on musicians from a wide variety of styles. The band are thus starting one of the most ambitious projects of their career.
From Miley Cyrus to St. Vincent
Global pop music artists are among the performers of the new cover album. These include, for example, Miley Cyrus and Elton John, who both re-recorded Metallica’s superhit Nothing Else Matters together. Miley sings and Elton John accompanies her on the piano. But this pairing is far from the most unusual, the Cuban musician Juanes produced the new version of the song Enter Sandman. St. Vincent performed Sad But True, as did Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The individual pieces have been selected for the final release and they will be available in numerous formats this fall. As there will be over 50 tracks, Nothing Else Matters will be heard in 12 unbelievable versions on the album. The range of performers ranges from Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan to Phoebe Bridgers.
Metallica’s Blacklist is also a charity album. The proceedings will be donated to organizations chosen by the participating artists and to Metallica’s foundation. As is customary today, the records will appear in numerous versions digitally, on CD and vinyl. Metallica is thus bridging the time until new songs are published. The band has been working on this since last year.