“The dictionary definition of a sellout…” Watch Metallica read real one-star Amazon reviews of The Black Album
In a similar vein to his iconic Mean Tweets segments, Jimmy Kimmel recently invited Metallica to face some of their harshest critics head-on and look back at a bunch of brutal one-star reviews of The Black Album in honour of its 30th anniversary.
Many disgruntled listeners took to Amazon to voice their displeasure at Metallica’s massive fifth studio LP – released in 1991 – calling the band sellouts, stating that the songs on the record were “lousy”, and even recommending others to purchase “a Dire Straits or Foreigner CD instead”. Uhhh… okay?!
James, Lars, Kirk and Rob took the whole thing in very good spirits, though, with Papa Het in particular having a good giggle at the line: “this horrible, atrocious, self-titled $uck-o-roma”. LOL.
Recently, Kirk Hammett told Kerrang! of the sellout labels that were aimed at Metallica at the time of release: “A lot of our core underground fans, they thought they were losing us. And I can understand that.
“When a band goes from selling a million albums to all of a sudden selling 12 million albums, the feeling of intimacy with that band starts to erode.”
The Metallica Blacklist and The Black Album (Remastered) are out now via Blackened Recordings.
Papa Het remembers how Metallica “really tried” to get Armored Saint’s John Bush to join the band as their vocalist to no avail.
In a new interview, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way celebrates 15 years of The Black Parade by picking out some of his favourite moments on the record…