The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 — The Black Album

The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 — The Black Album

A living, breathing sonic blender of a podcast. Over eight episodes, we’ll celebrate the re-release of The Black Album (“Enter Sandman,” “Nothing Else Matters”), and the incredible band that made it. This is more than a “Making Of” look at the album. It’s the story of James, Lars, and Kirk — not just how the album got made, but why.


October 22, 2021 49 mins

30 million Black Album fans can't be wrong. In this bonus Episode 9 we hand them the mic and they take over – in their own words and in their own voices. The Black Album has changed lives ­– through birth, school, work, marriage, and death, and in crazy stories that you just can't make up. It's been an inspiration, companion, and soundtrack for people all over the world. These are their stories. Lars Ulrich, James Het...

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Joining Lars, James, and Kirk is bassist Robert Trujillo, who climbed aboard Team Ugly full force. They step back to look at why and how The Black Album became one of the best-selling albums of all time – and how the remastered deluxe edition and the breadth of The Metallica Blacklist make it even more powerful today. What comes next? Suffice to say, the band is not looking back. The red ...

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October 1, 2021 51 mins

The story of The Metallica Blacklist. Not just any covers album, it’s living, breathing proof of the power of every song on The Black Album – as interpreted by 53 of the most diverse artists and bands imaginable from all over the world. Guests discussing their Metallica firsts, why they chose their song and how they made it their own include Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan, J Balvin, Juanes, Kamasi Washington, And...

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September 24, 2021 45 mins

While recording this episode, Metallica coined a new nickname: Team Ugly. It’s about going from being the underdogs to selling millions of concert tickets and records – while never forgetting who they are and where they came from. Guests include: Robert Trujillo, J Balvin, Tomi Owó, David Fricke, Ron Quintana, and Brian Slagel.

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September 17, 2021 43 mins

There are tours. And then there are Metallica tours. In this episode, Lars, James, and Kirk share what it was like playing communist Russia in front of millions – and that doesn’t include the government, who was watching them too. The stories move on to playing Day On The Green in Oakland, and at The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert in London. Other road warriors include: Tony Smith, Big Mick Hughes, Jake Perry, Ross Halfin...

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September 10, 2021 39 mins

On this episode, Metallica and Bob Rock share the story of their time in the studio making The Black Album. The reality vs. the myth: It was more a “coming together” than a tearing apart – but it just took a lot of hard work and playing to get there. Guests include: Bob Rock, Cliff Burnstein, Adam Dubin, David Fricke, and Alice Cooper.

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September 3, 2021 41 mins

The Black Album was a totally different beast from the quartet – lyrically, musically, and instrumentally. This episode explores the band recording together in the same room for the first time and how it changed the way they played – and in perfect alignment with the ’80s turning into the ’90s, no less. Guests include: Bob Rock, Ross Halfin, Lzzy Hale, and Bob Rock’s son, Mik Rock, whose secret role on “Enter Sandman”...

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August 27, 2021 39 mins

How will the band deal with bringing in an outsider? Why did they invite one in? On Side 2 of the podcast, the band enters the studio to record the Black Album with Producer Bob Rock. Guests include: Bob Rock, Jason Newsted, Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of Judas Priest, and Big Mick Hughes.

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August 20, 2021 42 mins

Through four studio albums, Metallica established themselves as the most successful and respected band in metal. How did they get there? More importantly, what else did they have to prove? Why mess with success? This episode takes us from where it all began to moments before The Black Album was born. Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and former member Jason Newsted are joined by Ron Quintana, Brian Slagel, Bi...

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We're one week away from the release of The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 — The Black Album. It's the story of The Black Album as only Metallica can tell it.

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Here’s a taste of The Metallica Podcast Volume 1. Available everywhere later this month.

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