Metallica’s Black Album Gets 30th Anniversary Editions

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The Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set

Metallica’s 1991 self-titled album (aka the Black Album), the band’s fifth studio effort, is receiving several 30th Anniversary editions including a massive Limited Edition Deluxe Box on September 10, 2021, as well as a Oct. 1 tribute album that features 53 performances of the original release’s 12 songs from a broad range of artists. The various versions arrive via the band’s Blackened Recordings.

The Black Album was originally released on Elektra Records on August 12, 1991, nearly three years after …And Justice For All. It reached #1 in ten countries including four weeks in the U.S., the band’s first to top the chart. Metallica yielded five singles, led by “Enter Sandman” (which reached #16 on the Hot 100), “The Unforgiven” (#35) and “Nothing Else Matters” (#34). It’s been certified 16x Platinum in the U.S.

Listen to a 1990 demo of “Enter Sandman” from the new collection

The Limited Edition Deluxe Box set contains over 24 hours of music including the album remastered on 180-gram 2-LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, and live shows), 6 DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, and live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four different tour laminates, three unique lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card.

Watch the official trailer

The collection’s live recordings include the band’s Sept. 28, 1991 concert in Moscow, at the Day at the Green on Oct. 12, 1991, in Oakland, Calif., Jan. 11, 1992 in Sacramento, Calif., and others, plus dozens of demos and alternate takes.

Listen to Metallica perform “Wherever I May Roam” live at Day at the Green

The 30th Anniversary edition will also be available as a 180-gram double vinyl LP, standard CD and 3-CD expanded edition.

There’s also a book coming Oct. 19 called Metallica: The Black Album in Black and White from Reel Art Press.

The tribute album, The Metallica Blacklist, is a compilation of 50+ artists spanning a vast range of genres, generations, continents and more, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favorite Black Album cut on a 4-CD and limited edition 7-LP vinyl pressing.

Watch the official trailer for The Metallica Blacklist

The Metallica Blacklist’s 53 tracks find singer-songwriters, country artists, electronic and hip hop artists sharing their love of these songs alongside punk rockers, indie darlings, icons of rock, metal, world music and more. Among the artists on the collection are Miley Cyrus, Chris Stapleton, My Morning Jacket, and Weezer.

Watch the video for Cyrus’ “Nothing Else Matters” featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo, Chad Smith

Profits from the album will be divided evenly between charities of the artist’s choice and Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation.

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