Black Sabbath's Bill Ward: My 10 Favorite Metal Albums

Drummer shouts out classics including Metallica's Black Album and Type O Negative's 'October Rust'

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Metallica, 'Metallica' (1991)

2. Metallica, 'Metallica' (1991)

I love the Black Album because I think it was the beginning of something, primarily. I'd met Metallica, and I'd heard Metallica before that, but when I heard the Black Album, I actually had a response rather like I did with Sgt. Pepper. When I heard Sgt. Pepper for the first time, I sat down – along with a lot of other people – and listened to it over and over and over again. I did the same thing with the Black Album. The Black Album is very, very listenable to me, and it was easy on my ears, easy on my heart, and it was easy on where I was at. I felt very, very grateful that an album like the Black Album had come out, because I felt like it was the beginning of a new road and I felt like there'd been some gaps or some things that were kind of severed after [Black Sabbath's] Heaven and Hell. There were other things that were happening, but I just couldn't get it on with any of the stuff in that short period. Then when the Black Album came out, it reunited me with metal. So it's an important album for me. I love every track on it.

The biggest one, of course, would be "Enter Sandman," which I think is just absolutely fucking brilliant. "We're off to never-never land." I mean, come on. ... It's just like, "Yep." The way that it's played and the way that he laughs – very sinister, very nice. "The Unforgiven," "Wherever I May Roam," "Don't Tread on Me," love it. I think every track on there is really well done.

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