Metallica's 'Metallica' transatlantic gets #1
12 August 1991
Metallica wanted their next album to stand up alongside the greatest Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and AC/DC albums, and invested $1 million into the recording to make it happen. The aptly named Bob Rock (Producer of Moetley Cruee's "Dr Feelgood") was drafted in to help strip down their sound and make it more commercially palatable.
The inclusion of the dark ballads 'Nothing Else Matters' and 'The Unforgiven' are testament to the producer's influence on the record. The resulting album may have divided loyal Metallica fans but launched the band into superstardom and became a transatlantic number one. "Enter Sandman" was on constant MTV rotation and the record kept selling, eventually clocking up 15 million sales. Lars Ulrich is honest about the fact that the album saved the band's career, but more modest about the fact that it saved metal from 'death by grunge'.