Metallica has launched their very own all-Metallica Podcast, starting out with eight episodes in a row celebrating The 30th anniversary of The Black Album. Listen to Episode 9 here, a bonus episode featuring fans, and follow wherever you listen to podcasts.
Arguably the most divisive album in the history of metal, no other record seems to split opinion quite likeMetallica’s The Black Album (Elektra). Otherwise known simply as Metallica, whenever the San Franciscan act’s fifth studio album is mentioned even in passing, the results are usually the same. Like a red rag to a bull, loud and vociferous “true fans” are still guaranteed to leap straight in with comments like “only the first four albums are real”, “sell-outs” and “commercial bullshit” etc.
There is almost no band in history that had a success akin to “The Black Album.” Metallica exploded the band of the same name from the underground and made Rock, Heavy Metal, and yes, even Thrash as mainstream as it was ever going to get for a hot minute. From 1991-1995 Metallica was everywhere on tour, pop radio, MTV, Antarctica, Woodstock 1994 as the headliner, and much more. They were unstoppable. They sold tons of albums when it was only CDs and cassettes. They transformed the culture of underground heavy music and themselves in the process, and you can still feel the ripples in the industry from it. Like it or not, they changed everything.
Former longtime Metallica producer Bob Rock who worked on iconic albums from “The Black Album (Metallica), Load, Reload, Garage Inc., S&M, and St. Anger has sold his rights to “The Black Album”, among other pieces of music he helmed in the studio. Hipgnosis Songs Fund, an investment and song management company, acquired a total of 43 songs from Rock, who produced Metallica’s ‘90s discography and 2003’s St. Anger.
With the movie adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s biography The Dirt released on Netflix this year and corresponding album, memories of famous Hair Metal band have flooded back to old fans. The bands’ best-selling, best-sounding album found them at the top of their game musically and at the possible height of their popularity was Dr. Feelgood (Elektra) released thirty years ago today. It certainly is the best selling album of their career and has the most music on one release that holds up the best outside of Shout At The Devil (also Elektra).Continue reading
The Cult is celebrating thirty years of their classic Sonic Temple (Beggars Banquet). Produced by Bob Rock, the album has a lot is fingerprints on it: huge live drum sounds, choir-like vocal parts, layers of guitar tracks, and a ready-made arena rock sound that suited the band perfectly. Continue reading