Metallica announces 30th anniversary of ‘The Black Album’

Sets include a remastered edition of the album and more

Metallica has announced the 30th anniversary edition of its self titled album, known as The Black Album, for release on September 10th via its own Blackened Recordings. This “definitive” reissue is remastered for ultimate sound quality and will be available in several configurations to suit every music fan’s preference.

The Black Album is one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed records of all time. Its 1991 release not only gave Metallica its first No. 1 album in no fewer than 10 countries, including a four week run at No. 1 in the US, its unrelenting series of singles — “Enter Sandman”, “The Unforgiven”, “Nothing Else Matters”, “Wherever I May Roam”, and “Sad But True” — fueled the band’s rise to stadium headlining, radio and MTV dominating household name status. The album’s reception from the press was similarly charged, building over the years from the top 10 of the 1991 Village Voice Pazz & Jop national critics poll to becoming a constant presence in the likes of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. The album’s impact and relevance continue to grow — as proven by one indisputable fact: The Black Album remains unchallenged as the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen Soundscan, outselling every release in every genre over the past 30 years.

The standard album is remastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering and all other content is remastered by Reuben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering. All content was overseen by executive producer Greg Fidelman.

The limited edition deluxe numbered box set (with magnetic flap) of Metallica (Remastered) includes more than 24 hours of content across 14 CDs, 6 LPs and 6 DVDs. It includes the album remastered on 180-gram double LP and CD, “Sad But True” picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs and six DVDs featuring unreleased content (live shows, rough mixes, demos, etc), MP3 download card of all audio, four tour laminates, lanyard, three lithos, three guitar picks, lyric folder and sheets, and a 120-page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos and stories from those who were there.

The reissue will also be available as a Deluxe 3 CD featuring the remastered album alongside 27 live tracks, demos, & rough mixes. A 2 LP 180-gram vinyl with MP3 card, single CD and cassette of the original album remastered will also be offered.

In celebration, the band will also release The Metallica Blacklist that celebrates the enduring influence of Metallica with an unprecedented 53 artists spanning an unbelievably vast range of genres, generations, cultures, continents and more, each contributing a unique interpretation of their favorite Black Album cut.

Available on digital & streaming on September 10th and arriving on vinyl & CD on October 1st, all profits will be donated to charities of each contributing artist’s choice along with Metallica’s own foundation, All Within My Hands.

Much more than a mere tribute, The Metallica Blacklist offers up new dimensions of the record whose gravitational pull first drew the mainstream to Metallica in 1991 — and provides new insights into the universal and timeless appeal that kept it there: the boundary-smashing influence these 12 songs have had on fans and musicians of all stripes. 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 many, many more.

The Metallica Blacklist will be available in formats including digital, 4 CD and a limited edition 7 LP vinyl pressing. Pre-orders will instantly receive multi-platinum selling recording artist, songwriter, philanthropist and trailblazer Miley Cyrus’ version of “Nothing Else Matters” featuring WATT, Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith, and Colombian-born rock/pop superstar, and winner of 20+ Grammy & Latin Music Grammy Awards Juanes’ interpretation of “Enter Sandman.” Chris Stapleton, Darius Rucker, Mickey Guyton, Alessia Cara, St. Vincent and others are also featured on the project.

All profits from The Metallica Blacklist will be split evenly between the All Within My Hands Foundation and 50+ charities chosen by the artists who play on the album. All Within My Hands was founded by the band in 2017 as a way for the entire Metallica family to give back to communities that have supported the band by supporting workforce education, the fight against hunger, and other critical local services.

The band will also release Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White, a book featuring unpublished photographs and introductions by photographer Ross Halfin and the band members. Halfin captured the band at One on One Studios in North Hollywood and shot thousands of film rolls during the 300 date tour that followed between 1991 and 1993. He intimately documented the hectic performing schedule, backstage, rehearsals, interviews, band meetings and travel, alongside unique portrait shots of the band.

The book will be available on October 19th via Reel Art Press in deluxe, limited and signed editions.

Deluxe Box Set | Deluxe 3 CD | 2 LP | CD | cassette

CD 1Metallica (Remastered)

  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
  12. The Struggle Within

CD 2 – Interviews: The David Fricke Tapes

  1. Kirk / David Fricke Interview
  2. Jason / David Fricke Interview
  3. Lars / David Fricke Interview
  4. James / David Fricke Interview

CD 3 – Interviews: The Steffan Chirazi Tapes

  1. Lars / Steffan Chirazi Interview
  2. Jason / Steffan Chirazi Interview
  3. Kirk / Steffan Chirazi Interview
  4. James / Steffan Chirazi Interview

CD 4 – Riffs & Demos (Disc 1)

  1. The Unforgiven (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  2. Nothing Else Matters (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  3. Sad But True (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  4. Holier Than Thou (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  5. Don’t Tread on Me (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  6. The Unforgiven (From James’ Riff Tapes II)
  7. The Struggle Within (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  8. The Unforgiven (From James’ Riff Tapes III)
  9. The God That Failed (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  10. Wherever I May Roam (From James’ Riff Tapes)
  11. Enter Sandman (From Kirk’s Riff Tapes)
  12. Through the Never (From Kirk’s Riff Tapes)
  13. Of Wolf and Man (From Kirk’s Riff Tapes)
  14. Enter Sandman (From Kirk’s Riff Tapes II)
  15. My Friend of Misery (From Jason’s Riff Tapes)
  16. Enter Sandman (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  17. Sad But True (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  18. The God That Failed (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  19. Don’t Tread on Me (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  20. The Struggle Within (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  21. Holier Than Thou (July 6th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  22. Sad But True (July 10th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  23. Sad But True (July 12th, 1990 Demo)
  24. Don’t Tread on Me (July 12th, 1990 Demo)
  25. Enter Sandman (July 12th, 1990 Demo)
  26. Nothing Else Matters (July 12th, 1990 Demo)
  27. Of Wolf and Man (July 12th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  28. Through the Never (July 12th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  29. The Struggle Within (July 24th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  30. Wherever I May Roam (July 24th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  31. Wherever I May Roam (July 30th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  32. The Struggle Within (July 30th, 1990, Writing in Progress)

CD 5 – Riffs & Demos (Disc 2)

  1. Enter Sandman (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  2. Sad But True (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  3. Don’t Tread on Me (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  4. Nothing Else Matters (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  5. Holier Than Thou (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  6. Wherever I May Roam (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  7. The Struggle Within (August 13th, 1990 Demo)
  8. The God That Failed (August 22nd, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  9. Of Wolf and Man (August 22nd, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  10. My Friend of Misery (August 29th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  11. The Unforgiven (August 29th, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  12. Through the Never (August 31st, 1990 Demo)
  13. Of Wolf and Man (August 31st, 1990 Demo)
  14. The God That Failed (August 31st, 1990 Demo)
  15. The Unforgiven (September 3rd, 1990, Writing in Progress)
  16. My Friend of Misery (September 3rd, 1990, Writing in Progress)

CD 6 – Pre-Production Rehearsals + Radio Edits

  1. Enter Sandman (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  2. Sad But True (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  3. Holier Than Thou (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  4. Nothing Else Matters (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  5. Wherever I May Roam (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  6. Don’t Tread on Me (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  7. Through the Never (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  8. The Unforgiven (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  9. Of Wolf and Man (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  10. The God That Failed (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  11. My Friend of Misery (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  12. The Struggle Within (Pre-Production Rehearsal)
  13. Enter Sandman (Radio Edit)
  14. The Unforgiven (Radio Edit)
  15. Nothing Else Matters (Radio Edit)
  16. Wherever I May Roam (Radio Edit)

CD 7 – Rough & Alternate Mixes (Disc 1)

  1. So What (Early Take – October 12th, 1990)
  2. Killing Time (Take 18 – October 12th, 1990)
  3. Through the Never (Take 53 – October 22nd, 1990)
  4. Holier Than Thou (Take 9 – October 27th, 1990)
  5. My Friend of Misery (Take 4 – October 27th, 1990)
  6. The Struggle Within (Take 12 – November 10th, 1990)
  7. Of Wolf and Man (Take 2 – December 6th, 1990)
  8. The God That Failed (Take 26 – December 6th, 1990)
  9. Don’t Tread on Me (Take 6 – December 15th, 1990)
  10. Enter Sandman (Take 15 – January 21st, 1991)
  11. Enter Sandman (Take 35 – January 21st, 1991)
  12. Late Night Skynyrd Jam (January 23rd, 1991)
  13. The Unforgiven (139 BPM Take – January 29th, 1991)
  14. Nothing Else Matters (Take 19 – January 29th, 1991)
  15. Sad But True (Take 36 – February 5th, 1991)
  16. Wherever I May Roam (Take 3 – February 5th, 1991)

CD 8 – Rough & Alternate Mixes (Disc 2)

  1. Enter Sandman (May 13th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  2. The God That Failed (May 13th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  3. The Struggle Within (May 13th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  4. The Unforgiven (May 14th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  5. Wherever I May Roam (May 14th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  6. Don’t Tread on Me (May 14th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  7. Through the Never (May 14th, 1991 Rough Mix)
  8. Sad But True (May 23rd, 1991 Rough Mix)
  9. Of Wolf and Man (June 2nd, 1991 Rough Mix)
  10. My Friend of Misery (June 2nd, 1991 Rough Mix)
  11. Holier Than Thou (June 2nd, 1991 Rough Mix)
  12. Nothing Else Matters (No Orchestra Mix – July 8th, 1991)
  13. Nothing Else Matters (Orchestra/Clean Guitar/Vocal Mix – July 8th, 1991)
  14. Nothing Else Matters (Elevator Version)

CD 9 – Some Shit From the Day on the Green, Oakland CA – Oct 12, 1991

  1. Creeping Death (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  2. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  3. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  4. Sad But True (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  5. Wherever I May Roam (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  6. Bass Solo (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  7. Through the Never (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  8. The Unforgiven (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  9. Master of Puppets (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  10. Seek & Destroy (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  11. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  12. Fade to Black (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)
  13. Whiplash (Live at Day on the Green, Oakland, CA – October 12th, 1991)

CD 10 – Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – Jan 11, 1992 (Disc 1)

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Enter Sandman (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  3. Creeping Death (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  4. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  6. Sad But True (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  7. Wherever I May Roam (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  8. The Four Horsemen (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  9. Bass Solo (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  10. Through the Never (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  11. The Unforgiven (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  12. Justice Medley (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)

CD 11 – Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – Jan 11, 1992 (Disc 2)

  1. Drum Solo (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  2. Guitar Solo (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  3. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  4. Fade to Black (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  5. Whiplash (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  6. Encore Jam (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  7. Master of Puppets (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  8. Seek & Destroy (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)

CD 12 – Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – Jan 11, 1992 (Disc 3) + Covers + B-Sides

  1. One (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  2. Last Caress (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  3. Am I Evil? (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  4. Battery (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  5. Encore Jam #2 (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  6. Breadfan (Live at Arco Arena, Sacramento, CA – January 11th, 1992)
  7. Stone Cold Crazy (Remastered)
  8. So What (Remastered)
  9. Killing Time (Remastered)
  10. Stone Cold Crazy (Live at Wembley Stadium, London – 1992)
  11. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at The Liebenau, Graz, Austria – September 11th, 1991)
  12. Nothing Else Matters (Live at Aggie Memorial Stadium, Las Cruces, NM – August 27th, 1992)

CD 13 – Live at Maimarkgelande, Mannheim, Germany – May 22, 1993 (Disc 1)

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Creeping Death (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  3. Harvester of Sorrow (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  5. Of Wolf and Man (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  6. Wherever I May Roam (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  7. The Thing That Should Not Be (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  8. The Unforgiven (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  9. Disposable Heroes (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  10. Bass Solo (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  11. Instrumental Medley (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  12. Guitar Solo (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  13. The Four Horsemen (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)

CD 14 – Live at Maimarkgelande, Mannheim, Germany – May 22, 1993 (Disc 2)

  1. For Whom the Bell Tolls (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  2. Fade to Black (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  3. Master of Puppets (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  4. Seek & Destroy (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  5. Battery (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  6. Nothing Else Matters (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  7. Sad But True (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  8. Last Caress (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  9. One (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  10. Enter Sandman (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)
  11. So What (Live at Maimarktgelände, Mannheim, Germany – May 22nd, 1993)

DVD 1A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica Outtakes

  1. The Making of “Don’t Tread on Me”
  2. The Making of “Sad But True”
  3. The Making of “Enter Sandman”
  4. Enter Cameraman
  5. The Making of “The Unforgiven”
  6. The Making of “Nothing Else Matters”
  7. Rehearsal Day with Queen
  8. Metallica Play the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness – April 20th, 1992

DVD 2 – Live at Gentofte Stadion, Copenhagen, Denmark – August 10, 1991 + Bonus Shit

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Enter Sandman
  3. Creeping Death
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. Fade to Black
  6. Sad But True
  7. Master of Puppets
  8. Seek & Destroy
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  10. One
  11. Whiplash
  12. Encore Jam
  13. Last Caress
  14. Am I Evil?
  15. Battery
  16. Holier Than Thou
  17. Blitzkrieg
  18. Leper Messiah
  19. Master of Puppets
  20. Am I Evil?
  21. Breadfan
  22. So What
  23. Stone Cold Crazy
  24. Am I Evil?
  25. Helpless

DVD 3 – Live at Frankenhalle, Nuremberg, Germany – November 29, 1992

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Of Wolf and Man
  3. Creeping Death
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  6. Sad But True
  7. Wherever I May Roam
  8. The Unforgiven
  9. Justice Medley
  10. Solos (Bass & Guitar)
  11. Through the Never
  12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  13. Fade to Black
  14. Master of Puppets
  15. Seek & Destroy
  16. Whiplash
  17. Nothing Else Matters
  18. Am I Evil?
  19. Last Caress
  20. One
  21. Damage, Inc.
  22. Enter Sandman

DVD 4 – Live at Festivalpark, Werchter, Belgium – July 4, 1993

  1. The Ecstasy of Gold
  2. Creeping Death
  3. Harvester of Sorrow
  4. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  5. Of Wolf and Man
  6. Wherever I May Roam
  7. Disposable Heroes
  8. The Unforgiven
  9. Bass Solo
  10. Instrumental Medley
  11. Guitar Solo
  12. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  13. Fade to Black
  14. Master of Puppets
  15. Seek & Destroy
  16. Battery
  17. Nothing Else Matters
  18. Sad But True
  19. One
  20. Enter Sandman
  21. So What

DVD 5 – Music Videos + Halfin’s Home Movies

  1. “Enter Sandman” Music Video
  2. “The Unforgiven” Music Video
  3. “Nothing Else Matters” Music Video
  4. “Wherever I May Roam” Music Video
  5. “Sad But True” Music Video
  6. “The Unforgiven” Music Video (Theatrical Version)
  7. 7. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Psycho Band Pass)
  8. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Hetfield)
  9. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Ulrich)
  10. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Hammett)
  11. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Newsted)
  12. “Enter Sandman” Behind the Music Video (Final Concept)
  13. “The Unforgiven” Behind the Music Video (B-Roll)
  14. Los Angeles, CA [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  15. Moscow, Russia [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  16. Oakland, CA [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  17. Oakland, CA II [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  18. Miami, FL [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  19. Perth, Australia [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  20. Jakarta, Indonesia [Halfin’s Home Movies]
  21. Bangkok, Thailand [Halfin’s Home Movies]

DVD 6 – Wherever We May Roam

  1. Enter Sandman
  2. Creeping Death
  3. Holier Than Thou
  4. Harvester of Sorrow
  5. Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
  6. Sad But True
  7. The Four Horsemen
  8. Of Wolf and Man
  9. For Whom the Bell Tolls
  10. The Unforgiven
  11. The Shortest Straw
  12. Damage, Inc.
  13. Through the Never
  14. Fade to Black
  15. Whiplash
  16. Master of Puppets
  17. Seek & Destroy
  18. Motorbreath
  19. Nothing Else Matters
  20. Wherever I May Roam
  21. Last Caress
  22. One
  23. Disposable Heroes
  24. The Thing That Should Not Be
  25. Battery
  26. So What

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