One Riff Helped Create Metallica’s Masterpiece | Classic Albums

A riff that Kirk Hammett was working on at 3am became the spine of The Black Album

Whether you call it “The Black Album” or “Metallica”, Metallica’s 1991 album quickly became their best. Despite the turmoil behind the production with their producer, the band managed to create one of the greatest rock records ever. It spent four weeks at the top spot of the Billboard 200, went 16x platinum, and is ranked as one of Rolling Stone’s greatest albums of all time. This miraculous album all started with a riff that Kirk Hammett discovered during the wee hours of the morning, which eventual became the mega-hit and rock & roll anthem, “Enter Sandman”. Hammett, frontman James Hetfield, and drummer Lars Ulrich all talk about the significance of a good riff in this Classic Albums sneak peek! Check it out above and don’t miss the full episode Wednesday, October 9th at 9/8c on AXS TV!

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