20 Albums, 20 Days: Metallica

20 Albums, 20 Days: Metallica

Three divorces, countless arguments and a million dollars spent in the period that it took to record Metallica’s break through album. One of the original thrash metal bands, they changed their sound for this work to become more mainstream. They worked with Mötley Crüe producer Bob Rock who had them try a number of different techniques while recording. The album debuted at #1 and went on to sell 16 million copies. From ballads like “Nothing Else Matters” to signature songs like “Enter Sandman”, the black album is the band at its creative height.

Fun Fact: In 1990, Chris Isaak had a big hit called “Wicked Game”. James Hetfield was so impressed by it that he practiced it every day and used that feel and sound for “Nothing Else Matters” and “The Unforgiven”.

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