Metallica (also known as The Black Album) is the self-titled 5th studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released in 1991. It features some of Metallica's most popular songs, "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven" ,"Nothing Else Matters" , "Wherever I May Roam" and "Sad but True". It spent four consecutive weeks at number one on Billboard 200.
Metallica was released on August 12, 1991 through Elektra Records, and is the band's best-selling album to date, with over 15 million copies sold in the United States and over 22 million copies worldwide. It's also one of the best-selling heavy metal albums of all time.
The album cover features only the band's logo and a coiled snake (derived from the Gadsden flag). The motto of the Gadsden flag, "Don't Tread on Me", is also the title of a song featured on the album.
Metallica DVD-Audio 5.1 mix was released in 2004 through Elektra Records.