On the day their massive “Black Album” reissue finally arrived, Metallica visited Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about their classic 1991 LP, perform two Metallica songs in a scenic setting, and read 1-star Amazon customer reviews of the album.
While the “Black Album” is considered one of most acclaimed albums ever — and Number 235 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time —apparently the praise isn’t universal. In a “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets”-style segment, the Metallica foursome sat down to read real, not-so-glowing “Black Album” reviews penned by Amazon customers.
“This is by far one of the most loathsome crimes ever committed against music,” Lars Ulrich read.
Kirk Hammett continued, “Face it people, this album $ucks. Anybody who thinks this horrible, atrocious, self titled ‘$uck-o-rama’ CD is worth four or five stars must be braindead from smoking crack.”
James Hetfield added, “This album sucks, sad but true! I bought this when it came out and I was horrified when I listened to it, I threw it off a bridge and watched a truck smash it.”
The band also sat down with Kimmel to talk about the album, including how Metallica got its “Black Album” moniker, their Zoom sessions during the pandemic and how Hetfield was moved to tears by Elton John’s praise of “Nothing Else Matters” — “One of the greatest songs ever written,” John said — the previous day on The Howard Stern Show.
Metallica closed out their appearance by performing a pair of “Black Album” songs outside Los Angeles’ Griffith Observatory at sundown, “Wherever I May Roam” and “Holier Than Thou.”