Metallica Release ‘The Black Album’ Photo Book


Metallica press photo, featuring James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo.

Metallica – Story by Cat Badra, photo by Ross Halfin

Metallica have released a new book, “Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White,” featuring photos from famed rock photographer Ross Halfin taken during the “Black Album” era

The metal men of Metallica are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their seminal “Black Album” with plenty of celebrations this year, including a recent reissue of the album and covers tribute. Now, the band is offering up a new book that honor their legacy, which is available now in their online store.

“Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White” is a coffee table-type book from longstanding rock photographer Ross Halfin. As the book’s description states, photos in the book were taken during “The Black Album” area, when Halfin was with Metallica. The book’s photos, some of which haven’t been published until now, were snapped during the “album sessions at One on One Studios in North Hollywood and documented the 300 date tour that followed between 1991 and 1993.”

The book’s description adds, “The hectic performing schedule is mixed in with many unique portrait sessions and candid, backstage documentary style photography, rehearsals, interviews, band meetings and travel.” In addition, the book offers “many classic and previously unpublished images,” as well as introductions from Halfin and Metallica’s band members, including James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo. While Trujillo wasn’t with Metallica during the time the book covers, he was on tour with them with his previous band, Suicidal Tendencies.

Ulrich says of the book, “By the time the songs and the recording were coming together, the confidence level was at an all-time high and we felt better than ever about who we were and how we viewed ourselves with regards to being photographed.”

“Metallica: The Black Album in Black & White” is available now. It runs $49.95 at



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