August 12, 1991. Metallica releases their fifth album, turning the worlds of their long-time fans upside-down, while simultaneously igniting a new generation of fans.
We’ve marked the 30th anniversary of The Black Album by talking about what a game-changer it was for both the band and the music industry. We’ve also looked at how it was the first of a half-dozen albums to release over an insane 44-day stretch in 1991. But what we haven’t done is dug into the videos.
MTV was 10 years young in 1991 and still trafficked in music videos. And you’d be a fool to think they weren’t a driving force in Metallica’s rise to superstardom. The Black Album yielded five singles, and all five music videos featured prominently on the network. Do you remember them? Keep scrolling; you will.