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Revisiting the classic - 84%

langstondrive, December 20th, 2003

This DVD basically tells the story of how Metallica's classic "The Black Album" was created. The main focus is how each of the 5 singles from the album (Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, Holier Than Thou and Wherever I May Roam) were conceived, along with Nothing Else Matters. Along with the typical interviews (some of which are funny as hell, especially the ones with Lars), demo versions of some of the riffs/songs are showcased, such as the original riff from Enter Sandman (which isin't nearly as good) and a really nice harmony over the chorus of Sad But True. They also show a version of Nothing Else Matters with an orchestra, curtosy of Michael Kamen (who later worked with them on the decent S&M). It is very interesting to see the attitudes of the band while they were recording, as they were usually very pissed off the whole time. There is also a special features section which showcases a few more interviews, as well as the original version of "My Friend of Misery" and an explaintion for "The God that Failed". Finally, included is a very pointless discography. A very good buy.

"Then Bob came up to us and said "I've heard you live, and I just don't think that the sound on your albums really captures your live show", and we were like...Excuse me?? Who the fuck are you??" - Lars Ulrich