Metallica Looks Back on 25 Years of 'The Black Album' & Playing 'Enter Sandman' Live for First Time
<p>Metallica&#39;s blockbuster 1991 self-titled album <em>Metallica</em> (better known as <em>The Black Album</em>) turns 25 this year, and its impact hasn&#39;t diminished over time. For good reason: Aside from the sky-high quality of the album, it remains the best-selling album of the SoundScan&nbsp;era (which started tracking sales in 1991) according to Nielsen Music with 16.4 million copies sold in the U.S.</p> <p>Speaking to Billboard&#39;s Zack Ruskin, Metallica recalls they weren&#39;t quite aware of how big <em>The Black Album </em>would get until they started playing it live.&nbsp;</p> <p>&quot;Putting that album together was a long process, and we got so involved in the album and music,&quot; guitarist Kirk Hammett&nbsp;says. &quot;The first time we played &#39;Enter Sandman&#39; live, the response from the audience was... different. Different than any response we&#39;d gotten at that point.&quot; Hammett, who wrote that immortal riff, says that after the album came out they realized &quot;we were sitting on something bigger than what I thought, at least.&quot;</p> <p>Watch the interview above and read Billboard&#39;s <a href="/articles/news/magazine-feature/7564746/metallica-hardwired-to-self-destruct-cover-story" target="_blank">full cover story on Metallica and their new album <em>Hardwired... To Self-Destruct </em>here.&nbsp;</a></p>
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