Nothing else matters, because Metallica announced on Tuesday (June 22) that the band is celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Black Album with some major releases. Namely, a reissue of the wildly successful 1991 album, as well as a companion set titled The Metallica Blacklist, which will be packed with covers by major recording artists.
A whopping 53 musicians from various genres are set to be included on the covers album, taking on their favorite songs from The Black Album. Among them are Miley Cyrus’ interpretation of “Nothing Else Matters” featuring Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, WATT and others; Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan with his own version of “Nothing Else Matters”; St. Vincent on “Sad But True”; Cage the Elephant and “Unforgiven”; Mongolian rockers The Hu with “Through the Never”; Mickey Guyton also jamming to “Nothing Else Matters”; J Balvin on “Wherever I May Roam”; Rina Sawayama on “Enter Sandman”; and many more.
The Metallica Blacklist will be available in all formats, including a limited edition seven-LP vinyl pressing, while the reissue will also be available in all formats as well as a limited edition box set. Both releases will arrive via Blackened Recordings on Sept. 10.
Pre-orders for the covers album will receive “instant gratification” tracks in the form of Cyrus’ “Nothing Else Matters” cover, and Juanes’ “Enter Sandman.” Fans who pre-order the reissue will receive three different recordings of “Enter Sandman.” Pre-orders are available here.
The band also announced that 100% of the proceeds from The Metallica Blacklist will benefit 52 charities. They will be split between the band’s own All Within My Hands Foundation, and the charities selected by the artists who appear on the covers album.
Watch the teaser for The Metallica Blacklist: