Slash Calls Metallica’s ‘Black Album’ The ‘Pinacle’ Of Metal


Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash was among the many hard rock musicians that spoke to Spin about the influence Metallica's 1991 "Black Album" had on our culture. Metallica's just-released "Deluxe Box Set" of its "Black Album" includes 14 CD's, six LP's, six DVD's — and much more.

Slash shed light on the album's influence, explaining, "I think any Metallica album is a given for a hard rock/metal record collection. They are the pinnacle of that style of music, and they were among the first bands to revolutionize that particular style and sound."

He went on to say, "The 'Black Album' crossed over in a way that made them a household name and they achieved that while maintaining their sonic integrity, songwriting and attitude. They took their signature style and recorded an album that became universally accessible, but still f***ing cool. That is no small feat and maybe something that artists like Metallica might not even want to do — but it happened on this record. For them, the 'Black Album' legacy will live on forever."

Guns N' Roses with openers Mammoth WVH performs tonight (September 16th) at Chicago's Wrigley Field:

Metallica next plays on September 24th and 26th in Louisville, Kentucky at the Louder Than Life at Highland Festival Grounds at the Kentucky Exposition Center.