Having released six platinum records and touring the world 40 times, Metallica are one of the best metal bands to ever exist. The band has sold more than 63 million albums worldwide, a record only matched by Aerosmith.
Metallica’s debut album was one of the bestselling records of its time. It was the foundational album for the thrash scene, and featured compositions from Dave Mustaine.
The “Black Album” spawned four singles, including “Eye of the Beholder,” “Harvester of Sorrow,” “…And Justice for All,” and “One.” The album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance.
“Enter Sandman” was one of the earliest metal songs to draw new fans. It was written about Hetfield’s love for his girlfriend. The song features a five-minute guitar solo, and the lyrics were even verboten for the metal crowd.
Metallica’s first five albums are some of the best ever. The Black Album has sold 25 million copies, making it one of the best-selling heavy metal albums of all time.
Ride the Lightning has sold more than 6 million copies in the U.S. alone. It has been certified six-times platinum by the RIAA. The album also has been covered by rock legend Layne Staley, who illustrates dark lyrics.
The Number of the Beast is another metal album that is still revered today. It is considered one of the most important records to ever come out. It is a great album for fans of doom metal. The album is also one of the most experimental of its genre.